“Soup Nazi” actor Larry Thomas will join headliner Jerry Seinfeld at the June 2-4 Colossal Clusterfest (Stuart Elliott via New York Times)
How about a chance to eat a bowl of mulligatawny dished up by the Soup Nazi actor himself? Or an opportunity to relive the “South Park” episode of “Chili con Carnival” — uh, sans humans as the main ingredient?
A new pop-culture event, Colossal Clusterfest, will mesh iconic food scenes from popular TV shows with 50 comedians (Jerry Seinfeld, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman), dozens of top Bay Area chefs and live music. “Taste your favorite comedies!” says the announcement for the June 2-4 Comedy Central event planned for San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
The focus will be on “Seinfeld,” “South Park” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (though we think there’s still time to add a smoothie-centric “Vitameatavegamin” booth).
Here’s what is planned:
— To pay tribute to “Seinfeld,” the Soup Nazi stand will feature the star himself, Larry Thomas, with a selection of soups and stews. (Whether you have to order quickly or endure his taunts remains a question.) Wise Sons Jewish Deli of San Francisco will re-create Monk’s Cafe, where Jerry, George and Elaine spent more time ruminating than actually eating. Look for the “Big Salad” (maybe with “tomatoes like volleyballs”?) and babka (cinnamon or the last chocolate one?) and black-and-white cookies (you know, the racially harmonious ones).
— For the “South Park” attraction, any recipes from human carnivores will be dumped in favor of chili concoctions made by San Francisco chefs including Sarah and Evan Rich from Rich Table, SPQR’s Matthew Accarrino and the “Binging with Babish” web cooking show. Brooke Williamson and Melissa King of “Top Chef” will break down a whole pig in a tribute to the “ManBearPig” episode, and Tacolicous tacos from Joe Hargrave and Sara Deseran will be featured in a riff on the “Casa Bonita” episode.
— From “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” a full-scale replica of Paddy’s Pub will be created. Look for the ever-pleasing fundraising combo of Beef and Beer; the rum-brined, rum-glazed Rum Ham; the Grilled Charlie Sandwich of cheese and chocolate that gets a dollop of peanut butter afterward; and the milk-braised MilkSteak, garnished with jelly beans.
Other Bay Area restaurants are getting into the act too. You’ll find The Chairman (and his bao), Gerard (and his paella), Itani Ramen (and those “sloppy” gyoza), Humphry Slocombe (and a Secret Breakfast ice cream sundae), Curry Up Now (and those “sexy fries”), LocoL (and its “foldies”), Woodhouse Fish Co. (and its lobster rolls), plus 20 other participants.
Tickets for the three-day event (aka, the total cluster) start at $249.50, with VIP packages at $599.50, at www.clusterfest.com.