LITQUAKE, San Francisco’s annual literary festival, is serving up four events for food and wine buffs this year, including How Cookbooks Inspire Change at 18 Reasons on Saturday October 15th with several local food writers, including … yup, moi, the tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi. This Lit Crawl event will be followed by Curd it Through the Grapevine at Mission Cheese. And don’t miss out on two more events this Thursday October 13th: A Feast of Food Writing at Chronicle Books and A Flight of Poets at Hotel Rex.
Yours truly is gonna be in very good company this Saturday from 6pm-7pm at 18 Reasons for How Cookbooks Inspire Change: emcee Karen Solomon (author of Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It and Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It) will lead the discussion with Sam Mogannam (of Bi-Rite and co-author of Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food, available October 18th), Daniel Duane (regular contributor to Bon Appétit and Food & Wine, and author of Caught Inside), Dabney Gough (co-author of Eat Good Food), Connie Green (forager and author of The Wild Table), and of course, moi. Admission is free. 3674 18th St. at Dolores.
Continue the Saturday night Lit Crawl over at Mission Cheese from 7:15pm-8:15pm for Curd it Through the Grapevine: Local Writers on Food (and Foodies on Writing). Joining the discussion with Karen Solomon are Megan Gordon (weekly contributor to Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn, Bay Area Bites, and blogging at A Sweet Spoonful), Nicole Spiridakis (the blogger behind cucinanicolina.com), and Anne Zimmerman (author of An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher). Admission is free. 736 Valencia St. at 18th St.
Coming up this Thursday October 13th is A Feast of Food Writing at 6pm at Chronicle Books with bites prepared by the featured guests and a glass of Drops of Jupiter Petite Sirah from the winery owned by the band Train. Tom Hudgens (author of The Commonsense Kitchen) will be dishing up gin chicken liver pâté on baguette slices topped with sweet-tart pickled fruit, and food geek Jeff Potter (author of Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food) will show you three nuetralizing options to save an over-spiced dish. Additional featured guests are Anne Zimmerman, Vanessa Barrington (author of DIY Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch), and Leslie Jonath (author of Soup’s On and other books). $15. 680 2nd St. at Townsend, 4th Fl.
Starting at 7pm on Thursday is A Flight of Poets at Hotel Rex, where sommelier Christopher Sawyer will lead you through six flights of wine each paired with one of six different poets. Sounds like a pretty novel event—no pun intended. (Wait, pun totally intended.) The poets are Gabrielle Calvocoressi (author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing), Jane Hirshfield (award-winning author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Come, Thief), Robert Polito (author of Hollywood & God, The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber, and the award-winning. His Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson), Rachel Richardson (author of Copperhead, and former Wallace Stegner Fellow), C. J. Sage (author of The San Simeon Zebras, and editor of The National Poetry Review and Press), and Matthew Zapruder (author of three collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts). Tickets are $15 online; if sold out online, limited tickets available at the door. 562 Sutter St. at Mason.
The Litquake festival is a literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. It runs through October 15th. See a complete schedule of events here.
Thursday Oct 13, 2011 – Saturday Oct 15, 2011 Info