central kitchen 2.0 – a letter from chef thomas mcnaughton

A Night with Central Kitchen & Craftsman Brewery

Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala at Fort Mason - April 17

Salumeria Launches Weekend Brunch Starting Saturday, November 14, 2015

central kitchen 2.0 – a letter from chef thomas mcnaughton

July 6, 2016

Dear Friends,

The old Central Kitchen will close its doors on July 9th 2016. The new Central Kitchen will open to the public on July 21st.

Doing a standard press release for this great evolution of our restaurant did not make sense to me. A letter to our community, friends and family did.

I love Central Kitchen right now. We have a busy space, outstanding food and I am so proud of what we put out every service. That said, the crazy momentum of a busy restaurant, open every day, makes it hard to implement changes, let alone the major overhaul we have been thinking about for some time now.

It has always been our goal to be an accessible, neighborhood restaurant along the 20th street corridor but to some we are still perceived as a higher end restaurant, and that has never felt right to me.

I want to make a clear statement of what Central kitchen will be.

The remodel starts with the kitchen redesign, which will allow for both stylistic changes in the food as well as a greatly increased efficiency, and I have to admit, a few new fun things to play with.

The beginning of the new menu is comprised of our love for all things raw, cured, fermented and smoked coming from our shared larder and Salumeria’s cure box. Next, we will have a section celebrating the amazing vegetables our farmers are growing. There will be an expanded pasta and bread program created in flour + water’s dough room just a block away. The end of the menu will focus on meats and fish prepared in our new wood burning hearth. Our menu will list all items as sharable and communal. The meats and fish coming from the hearth, as well as simple crudos and vegetables, will honor the amazing, local products from the Bay Area. We will offer more options for people to enjoy, both smaller plates and large format dishes.

The kitchen remodel will also allow us to greatly improve our ability to feed our two private dining rooms: The Upstairs and The Butcher Block. Since the opening of Central Kitchen, the private dining rooms have added 55 seats to the already existing restaurant.

I am thrilled to have the freedom to start from scratch with this new menu and focus ultimately on the things I crave and want to eat. Central Kitchen will be a welcoming gathering place that is more connected to the neighborhood than ever before.

Thank you for your continued support of not only me and Central Kitchen, but also for the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group family.

Hope to see you soon,

Thomas McNaughton

A Night with Central Kitchen & Craftsman Brewery

''We are honored and excited to announce the release of Craftsman Brewing Company’s “Sumac Summer Ale.”
This beer is a tart and funky, oak-aged, 5.5% Belgian Style Wheat Beer brewed with Sumac and Coriander. It was first conceived and subsequently brewed as a collaboration between local beer savant Sayre Piotrkowski and Craftsman Brewing Company founder/owner/brewer, Mark Jilg.

On the evening of Thursday August 4th Central Kitchen's chef Thomas McNaughton will be putting forth a special menu composed around a handful of Mark's most remarkable creations. The dinner will be held in CK's private dining room, The Upstairs. This event is one night only and we have had to limit the number of seats available due to the scarcity of many of the beers we will be pouring. There will be a single seating at 7:00pm, five courses paired with five exceptional beers from Craftsman Brewing Company.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Central Kitchen - The Upstairs 3000 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Purchase Here

Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala at Fort Mason - April 17

This year marks the 28th annual MOW star chefs and vintners gala, bringing together 1,000 guests, more than 100 of Northern California's top chefs, and 65 top vintners and mixologists to raise funds for homebound seniors. flour + water proudly volunteers for this event and supports meals on wheels.  Chef Thomas McNaughton is honored to participate in this year's event collaborating with other local chefs to create a one-of-a-kind  dining experience in support of Meals on Wheels.

This event will take place at fort mason on April 17, 2016. For tickets, packages, and all other information regarding this event, click here.

Salumeria Launches Weekend Brunch Starting Saturday, November 14, 2015

Starting Saturday, November 14, Chef Thomas McNaughton will offer weekend brunch at Salumeria from 10am – 2pm. On Saturday and Sundays, guests will be able to place brunch orders at Salumeria and enjoy their morning in the sun-filled courtyard and dining room.

Salumeria will offer new savory egg dishes such as Scrambled Eggs with pumpkin, goat cheese, spinach and chili, a Fried Chicken and Egg Sandwich, and Poached Eggs with braised pork cheeks, polenta and salsa verde, as well as some of central kitchen’s most beloved former brunch items such as the Bacon Walnut Sticky Bun and Apple Cider Donuts. Guests can also order sides such as Crispy Fingerling Potatoes with malt vinegar and Parmigiano, Avocado Toast with sourdough, lime, chili and sesame seeds, and Applewood Bacon, smoked in-house.

To accompany brunch, Director of Operations Andrew Record and Wine Director Sam Bogue have created a selection of delicious low proof cocktails to get the weekend morning started, such as the Pacifica, a build your own mimosa adventure that comes with a carafe of bubbly wine, half carafe of fresh squeezed orange juice, garden herb syrup and bitters.