Author: Laiko

We’ve Gone Epicuring

We’ve Gone Epicuring

Yes it’s been forever since we’ve posted here on Epicuring.com. We’ve been busy doing what we preach! Susie Wyshak is busy helping Good Food businesses rock. Follow Epicuring on Facebook and Susie on FoodStarter (Check out her new book Good Food, Great Business). Bay Area […]



Sweet & Spicy Bay Area Food Event Picks for February 2014

Sweet & Spicy Bay Area Food Event Picks for February 2014

With a bounty of citrus and the allure of Valentine’s Day, 2014 brings a bevy of creative food events to singles and those already in the throes of romantic rapture. Check these out:

Barrel-Aged Sriracha Workshop with Oaktown Spice in Oakland

February 11, 2014
Smell and taste the nuances of the flavors between a 1 month aged and 3 month aged sriracha at Oakland adorable spice shop by the lake. And come away from the event learning about how aging and fermentation impacts the flavors of the sauce.

Candied Citrus and Cocktails Workshop with CUESA at the Ferry Building

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Candy citrus, then create delicious elixirs that play on the sweet, tart, bitter, and sour flavors of citrus and the roasted depth of mezcal.

Local Perfumers Salon with Tigerlily Perfumery in San Francisco

February 22, 2014
Tigerlily is proud to present a salon dedicated to four of San Francisco’s rising stars! The olfactory artists behind Bruno Fazzolari, Cognoscenti, L’Aromatica and Mikmoi will present their award winning fragrances alongside perfume-inspired cocktails. Come mingle and meet these wonderful local perfumers! Shoppers will enjoy a 10% discount on all perfume purchases.

delice de la valle cheeseWinter Artisan Cheese Fair at Ramekins in Sonoma

February 22, 2014Taste a dizzying array of cheeses and bites at Sonoma’s long-time annual cheese celebration. You’ll taste cheese made locally and across the country along with beers, sake and wines. Basically a little afternoon in heaven.

Valentine’s Day Appetizer Party at the San Francisco Cooking School

February 14, 2014

Get on the wait list for this fun cooking party where you can come solo or with a friend to make food then eat it! Love.

Other Valentine-y Food Haps of Note

Socola Chocolatier + Barista opens at 525 Folsom on February 11 – amazing local chocolate in time for V Day!

A nice foodie Valentine gift is the March 8 CAAM Fest’s evening of film, food and drinks with the Socola team and martin Yan. The event supports the Center for Asian American Media.

 

Taste Talk: California Cuisine & How It’s Evolved at San Francisco Cooking School on Oct. 2

Taste Talk: California Cuisine & How It’s Evolved at San Francisco Cooking School on Oct. 2

“California Cuisine” is the real thing – a regional culinary POV and movement which is driven by a philosophy of cooking with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.  As we all know, it sprouted from Alice Waters and Co.’s culinary revolution hatched in the 1970’s. Today’s cooks […]



Cool California Food Event Picks from Epicuring – Early Fall 2013

Cool California Food Event Picks from Epicuring – Early Fall 2013

EARLY FALL 2013 FOOD EVENT PICKS Check back here for updates & Facebook for last minute picks Every Saturday: CUESA Kitchen Demos feature local chefs and authors sharing tips and recipes. The best free and delicious Saturday activity for all ages. Sept. 6, San Francisco, […]



Free Pasta Sommelier Tastings from Delverde from Abruzzo Italia in SF this September

Free Pasta Sommelier Tastings from Delverde from Abruzzo Italia in SF this September

We’re fans of many Italian dried and extruded pastas because the flours they use have a different taste and feel than our US counterparts. But we can be overwhelmed  by all the options in the grocery aisles.  So when our friend and Italiano-file Amy Sherman (of Cooking with Amy) shared this “Pasta Sommelier” tasting series of durum wheat semolina pastas hosted by Delverde from Abruzzo’s, we thought we’d share it with our readers. Most of the tastings require a reservation — and some are demos, and all are FREE.  See the full selection below.

Delverde is a pasta manufacturer from Italy’s Abruzzi region. Several of their events will be hosted at the Italian Cultural Center in San Francisco where they will offer hour-long tasting sessions and classes. Each class will demonstrate a recipe which participants will sample after it is prepared.

Manga!

PASTA SOMMELIER BOOKING LINK

Next events @San Francisco:

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 05 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 12.00pm to 1.00pm

TASTING: salad pasta with eggplant, rocket, crispy bread and scales of Pecorino cheese

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net


Thursday, SEPTEMBER 05 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 4pm to 5pm

TASTING: Rigatoni with vegetarian “carbonara” and sparrow-grass

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net
Thursday, SEPTEMBER 05 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 5.15pm to 6.15pm

TASTING: salad pasta with eggplant, rocket, crispy bread and scales of Pecorino cheese

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Friday, SEPTEMBER 06 th, @Williams Sonoma from 1pm to 2pm

TASTING: salad pasta with eggplant, rocket, crispy bread and scales of Pecorino cheese

Book a seat herehttp://williamssonomasfexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Friday, SEPTEMBER 06 th, @Williams Sonoma from 7pm to 8pm

TASTING: Rigatoni with vegetarian “carbonara” and sparrow-grass

Book a seat herehttp://williamssonomasfexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 08 th, @Williams Sonoma from 3pm to 4pm

TASTING: Penne with mushrooms and leeks with ricotta cheese and thyme sauce

Book a seat herehttp://williamssonomasfexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 08 th, @Williams Sonoma from 4.30pm to 5.30pm

TASTING: salad pasta with pesto, zucchini and crispy ham

Book a seat herehttp://williamssonomasfexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Monday, SEPTEMBER 09 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 12.00pm to 1.00pm

TASTING: sausage pasta with sun dried tomatoes, black olives, capers and onions

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Monday, SEPTEMBER 09 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 4.00pm to 5.00pm

TASTING: cheese and pepper pasta sauce with a mint aroma

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Monday, SEPTEMBER 09 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 5.15pm to 6.15pm

TASTING: sausage pasta with sun dried tomatoes, black olives, capers and onions

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 10 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 12.00pm to 1pm

TASTING: Penne with mushrooms and leeks with ricotta cheese and thyme sauce

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 10 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 4pm to 5pm

TASTING: salad pasta with pesto, zucchini and crispy ham

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 10 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 5.15pm to 6.15pm

TASTING: Penne with mushrooms and leeks with ricotta cheese and thyme sauce

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 11 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 12pm to 1pm

TASTING: salad pasta with eggplant, rocket, crispy bread and scales of Pecorino cheese

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 11 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 4pm to 5pm

TASTING: Rigatoni with vegetarian “carbonara” and sparrow-grass

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 11 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 5.15 to 6.15pm

TASTING: salad pasta with eggplant, rocket, crispy bread and scales of Pecorino cheese

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Friday, SEPTEMBER 13 th, @Italian Cultural Center of San Francisco from 12.00pm to 1.00pm

TASTING: sausage pasta with sun dried tomatoes, black olives, capers and onions

Book a seat herehttp://culturalcenterexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 18 th, @Alessi store from 6pm to 7pm

TASTING: Penne with mushrooms and leeks with ricotta cheese and thyme sauce

Book a seat herehttp://alessisfexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 18 th, @Alessi store from 7.15pm to 8.15pm

TASTING: salad pasta with pesto, zucchini and crispy ham

Book a seat herehttp://alessisfexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 19 th, @Alessi store from 6pm to 7pm

TASTING: Penne with mushrooms and leeks with ricotta cheese and thyme sauce

Book a seat herehttp://alessisfexperience.eventzilla.net

 

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 19 th, @Alessi store from 7.15pm to 8.15pm

TASTING: salad pasta with pesto, zucchini and crispy ham

Book a seat herehttp://alessisfexperience.eventzilla.net

Lucky Rice Cooks Up in SF on Sept. 6

Lucky Rice Cooks Up in SF on Sept. 6

I’ve heard great things about Lucky Rice in other cities, and been wondering when they’d finally come to SF. Our friend Amy Sherman at Cooking with Amy alerted us to the arrival next Friday.  As a Japanese-American girl who is always hungry for new dishes to […]



Best Food Shops in the Bay

Best Food Shops in the Bay

Every year, (for 16 years if you can believe it!), I’ve visited all the best new food shops in the Bay and penned the “Bites by the Bay” column including my favorite picks for “Specialty Food” magazine.  Locals know (as do the Fancy Food Show […]



Come Aboard the Love Boat for CUESA’s Yacht Rock Summer Cocktail Fete on Aug 29

Come Aboard the Love Boat for CUESA’s Yacht Rock Summer Cocktail Fete on Aug 29

Ahoy mates – hoist a drink and walk the plank with your Epicurators Susie and Laiko for the second annual CUESA Yacht Rocks party next Weds. We are Captaining the costume contest again – so come for one of the best parties of the summer – right out front at the Ferry Building.  And yes, we’ll embarrass ourselves at the VJ booth singing “Love Boat.” / Laiko & Susie

Tilt your captain’s hat, straighten your stripes, and sail over to the Ferry Building for Yacht Rock II, the summer edition of Cocktails of the Farmers Market. For this nautically themed night of sips and bites, CUESA and the Northern California chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG)continue their seasonal cocktails series with a nod to the America’s Cup.

An all-star lineup of bartenders and chefs will highlight summer produce (corn, tomatoes, basil, melons to name just a few!) from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Guests receive two full-sized signature drinks made with Drambuie, 11 sample sized drinks, and bites from noted local galleys.

Come ashore in their favorite nautical look for a chance to win a make-it-at-home cocktail market basket in Epicuring’s costume contest. Whether taking fashion cues from The Captain and Tennille, The Love Boat, Larry Ellison, or Luis Vuitton, Postagram will be on hand to capture the festivities. DJ/KJ Glenny Kravitz will be spinning Yacht Rock tunes and encouraging all fans of Christopher Cross, the Doobie Brothers, Toto, Hall and Oates, and other smooth-sailing rockers to grab the mic and sing along.

Grab your crew and rendezvous! Act quickly—there’s limited space at this waterside party!

When:  Wednesday, August 29, 5:30 – 8 pm
Where:San Francisco’s Ferry Building
Tickets:  $40.00

Participating Bartenders:

Matt Fleeger, 15 Romolo
Seth Laufman, Alchemist
Josh Trabulsi, Burritt Room+Tavern
Abraham Perez, CHAYA Brasserie
Jared Anderson, Comstock Saloon
Heather Rae Peterson, Iron and gold
Hana Roschuni, New Easy
David Ruiz, Padrecito
Victoria George, Rickhouse
Vita Simone, Sassafras Seagrass/Dogwood
Martin Cate, Smuggler’s Cove
Erik Guinther, Southside Spirit House
Kim Roselle, Trick Dog

Participating Chefs and Restaurants:
Marc Zimmerman, Alexander’s Steakhouse
Erica Holland Toll, American Eatery
Francis Hogan, Bluestem Brasserie
John Jackson, Bocanova
Yuko Kajino, CHAYA Brasserie
Jennifer Ko and Alex Saneski, Cremeaux Ex Machina
Diego Oka, La Mar Cebicheria
Larry Finn, Scala’s Bistro
Joshua Wilder Oakley, Tango & Stache

Fine Spirits Provided by:
209 Gin
American Harvest Vodka
Branca Menta
Drambuie
St George Dry Rye Gin
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrell
Laphroaig
pür likör spice, blood orange liqueur
Sailor Jerry
Tequila Herradura
Tequila Tapatio Blanco from Charbay

Fair Trade Baking Ingredients Forum at CIA at Greystone on Oct 6

Fair Trade Baking Ingredients Forum at CIA at Greystone on Oct 6

Tracking down and understanding Fair Trade baking ingredients is a challenge for many commercial and cottage industry bakers. This forum at the CIA in Napa for food professionals and enthusiasts will address issue with a line up including author Kelsey Timmerman (Where am I Eating?, […]