Canvas Underground is a supperclub that aims to bring people together for great food and cool art in ever-changing venues.
We are proud to be part of the Ghetto Gourmet dining party network founded in 2004 by our friend, Jeremy Townsend and his little brother, Joe Townsend, in Oakland, CA. They are the original guerilla gourmets and we are continuing their tradition.
The Canvas crew is comprised of Chef Peter Jackson as executive chef, Vera Devera as the consummate hostess, Kristy R. as sous chef, and Dave K. as emcee.
We are about sharing and trying new things. It’s about creating a new space and mode for experiencing food, art and socializing.
There are 3 rules at the Ghetto Gourmet and Rule #1 is “Give thanks.” Bringing people together is what the Ghet is really about – we can’t do it without people who are willing to step outside of what they know and try things at least once.
This encompasses the chef, the all-volunteer crew, our adventurous diners and artists. Everyone is willing to go out on a limb, and this is the common thread among all those who willingly participate.
About Vera: She’s the hostess with the mostess — a happy-go-lucky do-gooder and owner of Va de Vie Events. Here’s how she got involved with the guerilla dining scene:
My best friend found the Ghet through a Craigslist’s posting in the singles section. She asked me to go and although we both live in Oakland, I hesitated at the thought of going to some “pirate restaurant”. My curiosity ousted my fear and I found myself sitting on top of dirty pillows on the floor of a basement apartment and eating fabulous small bites, such as hearts of palm wrapped with prosciutto and a drizzle of balsamic reduction, in a room full of 9 other strangers (not including my best friend and boyfriend). What I remember the most was feeling at home – Jeremy and Joe welcomed us with open arms and I soon became a regular diner, every Monday night. I was excited knowing I was participating in something illicit and yet I was making connections with people who shared the same interests or social connections as myself. It was like online social networking coming to life in person.