Author: Epicuring Team

Celebrate International Women’s Day by Eating and Drinking … Of Course

Celebrate International Women’s Day by Eating and Drinking … Of Course

Realizing that this coming Friday, March 8, is International Women’s Day got me thinking about all the female food-and-drink entrepreneurs I’ve met around Northern California over the last few years, and some of the fun and inspiring things they’ve told me. For instance, Deborah Brenner […]



2013’s “Best Chocolatiers” Announced

2013’s “Best Chocolatiers” Announced

Based around the International Chocolate Salon held late last year in San Francisco, the 2013 Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America Award winners were announced this week by TasteTV, which created the contest and event. I was a judge at the Salon, where I got […]



Spirits Rising: DSWE Pop-Up Tour

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, sun-kissed in France:
Armagnac Castarède gleams
On the palate: Angels dance.

Secret recipe, Sicilian, 1868:
Pair it with ginger ale: Yes, out of cans.
The latest buzz is that Averna is great
For all grown-up Jägermeister fans.

Grape flowers fashioned into gin
Produce round, spicy, velvety G’Vine.
Eighty to 87.8 proof, with vermouth in
A dry martini, this is quite divine.

Chris Blackwell, reggae-records king,
Makes rich dark rum on the hot isle
Where his forebears were exporting
Coconuts in 1700 with a smile.

Snagging my medal for the most
Unique, exerting irresistible allure,
Was the pure, purple, flowertastic
Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur.

Anneli Rufus

And here’s a souvenir of the pop-up tour — a recipe:

BLUE MOON

60 ml Gin
10 ml Dry Vermouth
10 ml The Bitter Truth – Violet Liqueur
1 dash The Bitter Truth – Orange Bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice & strain into a cocktail glass.


All images by Kristan Lawson.

Hash Browns Go Glam at “McDonald’s Unwrapped” Benefit

Hash Browns Go Glam at “McDonald’s Unwrapped” Benefit

On an October night that was balmy, not stormy, Three chefs who were all certifiably gourmet Helmed a benefit in San Francisco: Lo, A sumptuous three-course feast, but know That every component of every dish, From the miniature meatloaves to the Gullah Island Fish Filets, […]



Eating Your Way through California’s BBQ Competitions With a BBQ Judge & 10 BBQ Events You Should Visit this Summer

Eating Your Way through California’s BBQ Competitions With a BBQ Judge & 10 BBQ Events You Should Visit this Summer

With BBQ being the new thing on the food scene, we thought there was much we needed to know about the BBQ competition circuit.  So we turned to our friend in eating, Melanie Wong, who has been training as a Kansas City Barbeque Society judge. […]



Epicuring Internship/Stage Positions Are Open!

Epicuring Internship/Stage Positions Are Open!

Epicuring is looking for a few food-mad interns/or stage professionals to work with us on Epicuring and help us develop the content we feature on Epicuring.com, Food Haps & calendar, and help us build our community through social media and marketing.

ABOUT US
Epicuring is a popular food calendar and “Food Haps” newsletter featuring hand-picked food events, classes and experiences for natives and visitors to the Bay Area. Founders Susie Wyshak and Laiko Bahrs are long time food professionals who launched Epicuring just over a year ago.

ABOUT YOU
We’re looking for a few California-loving team members who are as passionate about food experiences as we are for these areas:

Content: research, writing and editing

  • Can set up a streamlined process for managing content
  • Enjoys and is skilled at writing, editing, and researching food and cultural events
  • Can identify food stories and events which will engage interest for readers
  • Quick on the Internet and ideally have a background using blogging systems and social media
  • (ideally) can edit photos and is familiar with Flickr
  • (ideally but not required) can film and edit short video pieces

Social Media: Engage and grow our community and online presence on @Epicuring, Instagram and Facebook

  • Experienced with connecting interesting people, content & events around a common interest via social networks
  • Is a pithy writer
  • Gets a rush with great RT or tons of Likes
  • Interested in developing strategy (with founders) for social media campaigns

Marketing:

  • Understands and is passionate about marketing to a niche audience
  • Is a creative out of the box thinker
  • Is a strong writer
  • Will work with Founders on event marketing campaigns
  • Can be involved in reporting process
  • Gets a rush from gaining new subscribers and readers
  • (ideally) Has worked with an email subscription service like Mailchimp

WHERE AND WHEN

The positions are remote and ideally you are in the Bay Area. It is 10-15 hours per week, from May thru August.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
There will be a stipend paid at the end of the internship. Some of the perks will include attending culinary events and tastings. You’ll also have a chance to learn about travel and food industries;  public relations; and online user experience. We will connect you to other opportunities through our vast network of food and tech contacts. (Of course ideally we’ll all keep working together!)

If this internship is in your interest range, make sure to join the Food Haps newsletter to read the latest post we sent out this week.
APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS:

VIA Email to info (at) epicuring (dot) com

To apply, please include your resume, a bit about why Epicuring interests you, and tell us about 3 ways you learn about intriguing food experiences and events–and what you like and don’t like about them.

Let’s Eat Real Together This Weekend – Prizes and Meet Ups

Let’s Eat Real Together This Weekend – Prizes and Meet Ups

We’re heading to Eat Real in Oakland this weekend –will you join us? We’re meeting up all weekend long at a few key spots. Eat Real Oakland’s third annual three-day festival is a free celebration of our great food scene all set at Jack London […]



Behind the Scenes at Cochon Heritage Fire

Behind the Scenes at Cochon Heritage Fire

Cochon Heritage Fire in Napa on August 13th was an Epicuring extravaganza for lovers of heritage meats, with sweaty chefs, hot fires and great wines and beers. Everyone who knows me is well aware this is my favorite food event of the year. Susie and I […]



Welcome to Epicuring California!

Welcome to Epicuring California!

goatsWe’re so excited that Epicuring.com has come to be. This project of Susie Wyshak and Laiko Bahrs, as well as the generous help of a great team, brings a dream and need to life!

Epicuring came from Susie’s investigations of promoting California for tourism and our own efforts to plan an eating trip to Los Angeles. We found the effort of researching and planning made us realize taking a vacation is hard work! We created Epicuring as a resource for culinary adventurers to find interesting and hand-picked experiences in California.

We’re focused on the San Francisco Bay Area for now, as we get feedback and iron out the kinks to make sure everything’s working well. Once we are there we’ll be expanding to all corners of our state.

We invite you to explore the site, learn more about us, give feedback, and get involved.

What do you think?

Let’s get Epicuring!

Susie and Laiko