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Dinner Discussion: Imperfect Produce

  • 18 Reasons 3674 18th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Nobody’s perfect, including our fruits and vegetables. We come in different sizes, with bumps, lumps, and scars - yet when we look at a typical grocery store shelf, we see rows and rows of identical apples, carrots, and eggplants. The high cosmetic standards of most grocery stores mean that 1 in 5 carrots, apples, and eggplants get tossed in the compost pile - or worse, in the landfill. 

Imperfect Produce is a local produce delivery service that is working to find a home for “ugly” fruits and vegetables that farmers would otherwise toss. Customers who don’t mind a weirdly shaped lemon, a peach with a beauty mark, or an cabbage that’s a little smaller than the rest can save money while rescuing produce. 

Over the past year, Imperfect Produce has rapidly expanded their delivery program and formed a partnership with Whole Foods to offer less-than-perfectproduce in their markets. Food waste has become one the signature food issues of our time, with more attention drawn to how food is discarded at every level from farm to plate. 

Join the staff of Imperfect Produce for a delicious dinner cooked by 18 Reasons Chef Michelle McKenzie. You will learn how rescued produce can help save water, save money, and save beautiful-on-the-inside fruits and vegetables from the compost bin. 


Local greens, shaved veg, avocado puree, sorrel, pistachio

Pork shoulder, rice, toasted seeds and spices

Crispy eggplant, coconut oil, pickled shallot, chile, basil

Perfectly imperfect fruit


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