SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO You
all fired up on home canning and kombucha? I know I am. In case you
have caught some DIY fever, CUESA (the
Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is offering
a ~SERIES OF DIY CLASSES~ as part of their Preservation Celebration.
CUESA is offering classes on fermentation and cheesemaking, plus a
day of demonstrations by experts in the food preservation field at
the Saturday September 12th market. Check it all out below:
Sauerkraut Made Simple
When: Wednesday September 9th, 5:30pm–7:30 pm
Who: Kathryn Lukas, founder and kraut maker at Farmhouse Culture
What: Kathryn's two-hour fermentation class will include background on the history,
science, and health benefits of kraut, as well as a hands-on opportunity to make
your own "starter kraut" to take home.
To register, click
Cheese, Please! Making Mozzarella and Ricotta
When: Thursday September 10th, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Who: Travis Flood, Chef at Piccolo Teatro
What: Urban Kitchen
San Francisco will be co-hosting this cheese workshop. Travis Flood will
lead the class in making mozzarella and ricotta using curd sourced from vendors
at the Ferry Plaza. Participants will take home the cheese they make, as well
as some curd to practice their new cheese-making skills at home.
Cost: $46 ($16 supply fee, plus $30 class fee)
To register, click
Market-to-Table Preservation Demonstrations
When: Saturday September 12th,
Who: Todd Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen will demonstrate his tomato-canning
techniques, using ingredients sourced from the Ferry Plaza Farmers
Market. Karen Solomon, author of Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it,
will follow Todd with a demonstration focused on preservation, subject
Cost: Free to the public!
All events will be held in CUESA's Dacor
teaching kitchen in the North Arcade of the
wanna make bread to go with that mozzarella?
How about levain? Cool. ~URBAN
KITCHEN~ is putting on a class on Thursday September 17th
with Cheryl Burr of Pinkie's
Bakery, who will teach participants about pain au levain,
a sourdough bread, and help them mix dough
to take home, along with a starter for future
use. She will also lead the class in kneading,
shaping, and baking two loaves each (which
you get to take home). 6:30pm–8:30pm. $51 ($21
supply fee, plus $30 class fee). Sign
up here. Fork in the Road Test Kitchen, 300 DeHaro St., Suite
342 at 16th St.
didn't manage to pick up New York Times ex-restaurant critic ~FRANK
BRUNI'S~ new book, Born Round: The Secret History
of a Full-Time Eater, in time for my lake-side reading,
but heck, here's the chance to not only pick
up a signed copy of the book, but to meet the man himself over dinner. Chef
Jennifer Biesty of Scala's
Bistro is preparing a four-course Italian dinner (vegetarian
option available) on Monday September 14th
to honor Bruni's new
book. Everyone gets a signed copy of the
book, and there's no corkage, so feel free
to bring your own tasty bottle of wine (yo,
think about who you're dining with—no schlock).
6:30pm–9:30pm. Solo diners, $115; couples $199. Buy tickets and read
432 Powell St. at Sutter.
these Talk And Tasting Events looked unique, especially since they are taking
place in the Conservatory
of Flowers in Golden Gate Park (in association with the Conservatory's
current exhibition, Edible Expeditions, on view through November 1st).
On Thursday September 17th, Seneca Klassen, founder and co-owner of Bittersweet,
will host ~A CHOCOLATE EVENING~, and will share information
about the botany and cultural history of chocolate. He will then take
participants on a "behind-the-scenes" visit to the Conservatory's hidden
treasure: a fruiting cacao tree in a greenhouse usually off limits
to the public. While participants nibble on five varieties of Bittersweet's
unique bean-to-bar Origin Line chocolates, Klassen will discuss the
importance of the post-harvesting process and quality finishing. 6pm–7:30pm;
$20 per person, register here.
Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., Golden Gate Park,
Talk And Tasting Event is ~A CUP OF PARADISE~ on
Wednesday September 23rd. Here's more: "Be
carried off to the islands as Pualani, Kaipo, and Maile Daniels,
co-owners of Triangle J's 4 Coffee on the slopes of Hualalai in Kona,
Hawaii, take you through the growing cycle of coffee and explain
the various stages of preparing and roasting the beans. As you sample
their lusciously rich and pure organic Kona coffee, the Daniels family
will entertain you with traditional Hawaiian song and hula accompanied
by ukulele and guitar." 6pm–7:30pm; $20 per person, register here.
Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy
Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415-831-2039.
noticing more Aussie wines and ingredients at the Lark Creek Restaurant
Group's restaurants, it's because they are doing a month of ~SOUTH
AUSTRALIA COMES TO AMERICA~, from September 1st–30th.
The promotion will feature South Australian-inspired
menus, wines, special events, and gourmet retail offerings at each
Bay Area restaurant. (There's also a trip you'll want to enter to
win.) For a full schedule of menus, click
is additionally a Macy's Union Square cooking demonstration where
you can say g'day on Wednesday September 2nd
(6pm–7pm) with Lark Creek Restaurant Group Culinary Director Adrian
Hoffman and chef-caterer Vikki Blumenstein
demonstrating a few of their favorite dishes
from Down Under. And the Commonwealth
Club "Bay Gourmet" panel is hosting "Outback
to Out West: Sip, Savor and Nibble the
Flavors of South Australia with the Experts" on Wednesday,
September 9th from 6pm–7pm. The panel will be followed
by a food and wine reception. $8 members,
$15 non-members. Commonwealth Club; 595 Market Street, 2nd floor.
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