Samin Nosrat, Square Pie Guys collaboration on Summer Pizza for SF and Oakland


Famous cookbook author and TV host Samin Nosrat appears to have taken a hiatus from filming with Netflix, in order to serve up delicious summer pizzas at his Bay Area base. She’s showing up for a seasonal collaboration with the Square Pie Guys, much like they did with basketball star Jeremy Lin, but this time with full-blown culinary royalty. “Samin’s Summer Pizza” runs July 6 through October 3, long enough to get into the real San Francisco summer, during those later, warmer months of the year.

But what does Samin Nosrat like about his pizza, fans might ask? Those who have seen his appearance pop cherry tomatoes with puppets Waffles + Mochi will hardly be surprised: the former chef of Chez Panisse garnishes her square pie with a confit of sungold cherry tomatoes, as well as Calabrian peppers and fresh basil, or as she tells the guys, “Very samin ingredients”. This salad-style topping goes over a white ricotta cream pie, which feels like a new change of pace from some of the more overdone. cheese and sauce situations that guys have been throwing around lately.

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It turns out the guys are buddies with Nosrat’s brother, who worked with one of them at a startup years ago. He recently mentioned that the Michelin-starred chef loves his pizza and was excited to open the Oakland site in March 2021. Marc Schechter, co-founder and CMO of Square Pie Guys, says they thought it was a long shot, but they sent Nosrat an Insta DM, and were in a rush to get a response in all caps. “Its whole vibe is so warm and positive,” says Schechter. “There’s no pretending to be a celebrity chef, it’s just a warm person… and we wanted to take the opportunity to promote smart women in this industry and work with an organization that works to change things. “

Five percent of sales will go to CoFED (Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive), an organization led by QTBIPOC that partners with young people of color to build food and land cooperatives. And Samin is going to match those donations, so for every pie ordered, she increases the donation to 10 percent. In a short video, Nosrat says, “This supports a truly worthwhile organization… Making sure the land gets into the hands of the people who really need it, and the food gets into the hands of the people who really need it. really need, is an important thing to me. ”

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