Our grandmother workshops

Spice Skills from Eastern Africa

**UPDATE: Due to some complications, we have had to cancel Sunday’s workshop — and are planning to reschedule in the fall, probably in the beginning of November.  Please keep your eyes & ears open for news, and plan to join us then!**

Join Slow Food East Bay for the next installment of our Spice Journey series…  This time with an exploration of Ethiopia!

On Sunday, August 4th from 2 to 5pm, we’ll gather at Brundo Ethiopian Culinary Studio in West Oakland, where founder and author Fetlework Tefferi and cooking instructor Lea will lead us through the… Continue reading

Herbs From Dried to Fresh – A Continuation of the Spice Journeys!

Lavender HarvestAs we were planning this journey to expand our spice palates, it occurred to us that we needed to include HERBS in the conversation as a separate entity.  Because they are, well, different, correct?  Herbs, in both fresh & dried forms, add complexity and tastes apart  from ‘spices’…. At least we think?  With these thoughts and questions in mind, we thought we’d explore the subject further!

Join us on Saturday July 20th from 11am to 1pm for a visit to Hollie’s Homegrown, an organic and incredibly diverse herb farm in Moraga.  Hollie… Continue reading

Apricots! Learn to Preserve the Bounty!

Join ourselves and local jam maker extraordinaire Karin Fomsgaard (who trained at the incredible Oakland-based Food Craft Institute) for an afternoon of chopping, cooking, stirring and preserving.

Sunday, June 16th from 2:30pm-5:30pm at Kitchener Oakland, on 24th Street near Webster in Oakland’s uptown neighborhood, we’ll walk through the steps of making jams and preserves, discuss pectin versus no, sugar options and various recipe variations, using amazing new season apricots.  Karin will share her sources for fruit (Happy Girl Kitchen!) and the way she formulates her recipes.

Cost is $45, covering our expenses plus a… Continue reading

Pasta Making 101: A ‘Grandmother’s Workshop’ with Local Cook Seth Peterson of Three Stone Hearth

Ever tried making your own pasta? Had dreams of being the little Italian grandma in the kitchen?  It may seem complicated, but in reality homemade pasta is simple and delicious, requiring only a handful of ingredients and a little time to get phenomenal results. People have made pasta at home for centuries – here’s YOUR chance to recapture this simple skill so that you can pass it on!

Plan to join Seth, a local cook at Three Stone Hearth, in a home kitchen in Berkeley, near the Oregon Street Berkeley Bowl, on Monday, April 2nd from 7:00 to… Continue reading

All Things Tofu with Minh Tsai & Hodo Soy

The Return of the Tofu Making Class

Since last year’s was such a success, we’ve finagled our way into Hodo Soy’s test kitchen for another round!

Join us Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Hodo Soy Beanery, 2923 Adeline Street in Oakland, for an evening of tofu exploration with founder and tofu master Minh Tsai.

The night begins as we fill our tummies with a spread of Minh and Hodo Soy’s wonderful food while Minh introduces us to all things tofu.  He will discuss the fascinating story of tofu in America, giving you an… Continue reading