Archives for 2012

Decorating a Gingerbread Dream House

Adults and children of all ages gathered at Autumn Express last night to channel their creativity into decorating gingerbread houses.  Artist and gingerbread expert extraordinaire, Michele Simons, led the class in this festive holiday tradition. Michele had already taken care of the hard part – gluing the gingerbread walls together with royal icing to make a sturdy house […]

Behind the Wine, Within the Whiskey

I learned a lot about libations last weekend while visiting not one but two Elysian Fields of alcohol within a short stroll of each other on the scenic Alameda waterfront. First was the Rock Wall Wine Company, whose Open House on Saturday afternoon featured food booths, wine tasting and tours of the vast facility, which […]

Finalists Announced for the 2013 Good Food Awards

Thanks to our friends at Gamma Nine for the awesome photos.  You can find more of their photos from the Good Food Awards here. Last month, team Epicuring was hard at work helping out with the 3rd annual Good Food Awards judging in San Francisco.  Today, we’re excited to share the news that the finalists […]

Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto Food History: A Video Tour

Berkeley, California is known as the birthplace of “California cuisine,” at least the kind using farm-direct, simple ingredients. Our friend Frieda DeLackner grew up in this luscious area and captured some of Berkeley’s unique food heritage on a fun short video, taking you on a tour through Chez Panisse to the Cheese Board Collective, famous […]

Craft Cocktails and Wild Wigs for a Good Cause

Wear wigs, win prizes at Wig Out, a charitable post-Halloween hullabaloo at San Francisco’s Parc 55 Hotel on Nov. 2, 2012. Proceeds will go to Slap Cancer and Locks of Love. Guests are urged to sport their craziest wigs to the party. Dance beats will be supplied by the notorious DJ Ambrosia Salad, free hairstyle […]

Blood, Bones and Beef Hearts: Where to Eat on (or Around) Halloween?

It’s that spooky season again. Where to live it up on or around the Day of the Dead? It’s not just about candy anymore — although it is still about blood, bones and Batman masks. Fear the food trucks. Friday, October 26 is the last time Off the Grid will appear at Fort Mason Center […]

Bay Area Science Festival Includes Events for Eaters

The 2012 second annual Bay Area Science Festival includes numerous events exploring the neurobiology of nibbling, the physiology of feasting, and other intersections between science and food. At San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on Saturday night, October 27, superstar Food Network chef Alton Brown headlines “Ten Things About Food I Feel Pretty Sure About,” an interactive […]

Decorating Sugar Skulls for Dia de Los Muertos in San Francisco

Hot off the sugar skull decorating circuit, a dispatch by Susie Wyshak The Sugar Skull Gallery packed in a fun hour of sugar skull decorating today at Autumn Express in San Francisco’s Mission District. The mistress of this time-honored Dia De Los Muertos tradition, Michelle described how she makes the skulls and owls (and in […]

Spirits Rising: DSWE Pop-Up Tour

A pop-up wine-and-spirits road show On a sultry San Francisco day: Our hearts and palates glowed so At this dazzling display. We met men who make clever bitters From lush herbs, spices and fruit, And celery. (Got the jitters? They use the seed, not the root.) The clear pinkgold of sweet dreams, Eau de vie, […]

San Francisco Cooking School Teaches Culinary Intuition

by Laiko Bahrs “When cooking go by your own taste. When baking follow directions.” That’s a quote I wrote long ago to remind myself to follow my intuition in the savory kitchen but read the recipe in the pastry and baking part of the kitchen. This thinking has worked really well in my kitchen explorations […]