Chef and owner Leland Jung, along with 1 full-time and 6 to 10 part-time employees.
Alive! specializes in raw, vegan cuisine with an Asian flair. Alive! focuses on using local, seasonal, and organically grown food. Leland grew up in the restaurant business working at his family’s dim sum tea house. After working for 20 years in the computer industry, he received a raw food associated chef and trainer certificate from a raw culinary school called Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. He took over the family business by opening Alive! (located on Lombard Street) in 2004.
All of Alive!’s ingredients are certified organic, unless unavailable. Some produce comes from local farms, including some at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and some through San Francisco-based distributors.
Leland hired a traditional Chinese medicinal chef/herbalist to help Alive! develop recipes involving ingredients such as gojiberries, astragalus, and ginseng.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »