Author and Chef Events, Including the Sassy Gail Simmons

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On Tuesday February 28th, Gail Simmons of Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts will be at the Marin Art & Garden Center to discuss her new book, Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater. There will be a discussion, book signing, and VIP dessert reception featuring food and sweets by Taste Catering. All proceeds benefit Marin Art & Garden Center’s educational programs. 7pm-10pm. $65 VIP ticket includes the talk, dessert reception, and a signed book; $45 includes talk and a signed book; $30 includes talk only. Tickets here or call 415-455-5260. The Marin Art & Garden Center, The Livermore Pavilion, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.

Also on Tuesday February 28th, chef Jason Berthold of ~RN74~ will be on the live talk show Studio Gourmet at Circolo. Arrive at 5:30pm for a welcome cocktail and bites, followed by a cooking demo and tasting, and then a live interview with chef Berthold. Special guest Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis will be on hand to pair wines with the dish from the demo (check out the lineup of dishes on the website). Tickets: $35 (or two tickets for $60). 500 Florida St. at Mariposa.

This is sure to be a powerful event: on Thursday March 1st, author Elizabeth Andoh will be at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ to talk about Kibō (Brimming with Hope): Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Tohoku. Here’s more: “Kibō, an e-book, was written by Japanese culinary authority Elizabeth Andoh, who was in her Tokyo kitchen when the Great Eastern-Japan Earthquake struck. Over the following months she witnessed the strength of the people of the Tohoku region—one of the largest miso- and sake-producing areas in Japan—as they struggled with the effects of the resulting tsunami and nuclear accident. She was inspired to write Kibō (meaning “brimming with hope”) to not only tell the story of the food of the Tohoku region but also to document the experiences of its people, both before and after the disaster.” Free talk. 6pm-7pm.

And on Tuesday March 6th, there will be a Butcher’s Guild Panel Discussion at ~REVIVAL BAR + KITCHEN~ in Berkeley with authors Ryan Farr, Marissa Guggiana, Peter Hertzmann, and Morgan Maki of Bi-Rite Market. They will be discussing the business and art of butchery, plus there will be a book signing, salumi, a specialty cocktail, and snacks. No reservations necessary; free. 6pm-7pm. 2102 Shattuck Ave. at Addison, Berkeley, 510-549-9952.