Kick-ass Portland chef Jenn Louis will be in town this week promoting her new book, Pasta by Hand. The book includes 65 recipes for rustic Italian pasta shaped by hand, with a particular focus on dumpling-style pastas (you may have seen her article on gnocchi in Saveur earlier this year). First up, tonight, Tuesday August 11th, she’ll be at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ from 6:30pm-7:30pm, reading from the book and sharing some of her favorite tips learned in Italy. It’s completely free to attend, and there will be wine from Baker Lane too. Books available for purchase at the event.
Then, on Wednesday August 12th, catch Jenn Louis at Williams Sonoma in Union Square for a cooking demonstration. She’ll be sharing her technique for orecchiette with pesto and showing off some of the tricks she learned in Italy. The event is $30 per person, and tickets are available. Walk-ins are also welcome. 340 Post St. at Stockton, 415-362-9450.
Home cooks and lovers of New Mexican food will be excited to hear that Mollie Stone’s Markets are celebrating Hatch chile season with special chile roasts at various locations this month. The first roast will be at the Castro location on Sunday August 16th from 10am to 2pm and again at the Tower location on Sunday August 30th. Check their website for more details on the roasts and some additional information on what makes the chiles so special. Various locations in the Bay Area.