Guest writer and baker Cole Church on San Francisco’s Pot & Pantry.
I happened upon Pot and Pantry completely by accident walking home with a bag full of groceries for a dinner party a few weeks ago. They recently moved from their Valencia Street location where they had been for about a year to the foodie mecca that is 18th and Guerrero. They are essentially the locovore’s response to the Sur la Table/Williams Sonoma chains with a little vintage charm and a lot more love.
The adorable owner Donna Suh Wageman has created a tiny space that is kitchenware recyclery, retail, and a venue for knowledge/skills exchange all at once. She offers a buy-sell-trade business model similar to many clothing stores like buffalo exchange but for your gently used kitchen things. Appointments are required to sell and she offers 35% cash or 50% in trade for items she takes. In addition to the growing collection of used and vintage cookware she offers an assortment of new products, many from local artisans.
My favorite part of Pot and Pantry is the skills exchange board. You can fill out a card with your name, email, a kitchen related skill you’d like to learn and a skill you would teach someone else in exchange and post it. If you get a match they email you both to let you know! They also host free skills workshops in conjunction with Mi Piace Kate designs. Upcoming workshops include everything from Tea brewing and bacon curing to a knife-sharpening demo with our friends at Town Cutler. They post upcoming workshops on their webpage and on the big Chalkboard above the little kitchenette in the store. You’ll need to buy a $10 ticket (which will be refunded to you when you attend the workshop) to hold your place.
So if you want to learn how to make sausage or you’ve always wanted that Le Creuset Dutch Oven or All-Clad sauté pan but can’t afford the new price tag you might just find it here.