As he eyes his next move, former Beerworks chef says attendees of March 13 event can expect an interactive, supperclub-style atmosphere, food-centric stories and great music, all to benefit the Conscious Kitchen in Marin City.

When he arrived in Mill Valley to help Justin and Tyler Catalana launch the new kitchen at Mill Valley Beerworks, launching a vegetable-driven cuisine that garnered a glowing three stars from San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer, chef David Wilcox says Mill Valley residents greeted him with open arms. 

Wilcox has left Beerworks and is transitioning to a new venture – a pop-up oriented project to benefit food-focused nonprofit organizations that he’s mostly keeping quiet about for now. Before he makes that leap, Wilcox says he wants to express his gratitude for the local support the best way he knows how: by hosting a big, supperclub-style culinary bonanza.

The MVDW Pop-Up Dinner is a March 13 event at the Sweetwater Music Hall, “an evening of gratitude and gustatory celebrations to be shared with any and all who have supported David Wilcox in his culinary endeavors thus far – a moment to share stories and what the future holds.”

“This is basically a big thank you note for Mill Valley,” Wilcox says.

The multi-course, family-style menu will be comprised of an abundance of spring vegetables, seafood and local meat, all prepared thoughtfully paying homage to old favorites and new inspirations, Wilcox says.

“I love having big supper club events, and I’ve done some of those before in places like Los Angeles, Hawaii, Michigan. It gives me a chance to get out and interact with people more directly, tell stories about the food and not be chained to a stove. I’m really excited about it.”

The dinner will be followed by music from gypsy jazz sextet Gaucho and the Quiet Men, and Wilcox says some people who do swing dancing to Gaucho’s music will be on hand to take the event “over the top.”

The proceeds of the event will go to the Conscious Kitchen in Marin City, a program launched by Teens Turning Green that is “dedicated to a systemic transformation of school food programs, to the health and well being of our children, and to a thriving future for our planet.”

Wilcox says associating himself with organizations like Conscious Kitchen is “mandatory” for his next project.

“They are working with kids who don’t have the privilege or access to learn about these things,” he says. “A big part of what I want to do is to inspire people to get more involved in these types of programs – go out have a good time, eat great food and become more aware of projects like this.”

Though details will be unveiled in the coming weeks, Wilcox’s upcoming pop-up events will be in San Francisco, elsewhere in the Bay Area and down in LA.

“There’s a lot of potential to rethink the way we approach the food business and our interaction with people in the community,” Wilcox says. “It’s about really putting your money where your mouth is and take steps to change the system.”

Wilcox, who calls his departure from Beerworks “amicable, with no hard feelings or anything,” will continue to live in his cabin in Mill Valley for now. “Mill Valley’s been really good to me,” he says.

The 411: The MVDW Pop-Up Dinner is at 6 p.m. on March 13 at the Sweetwater Music Hall. Click here for more info and to buy tickets for either the entire event ($87) or just the concert ($10).

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