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Local Flavor - Food Events and Happenings

Uploaded: Jul 23, 2018

Here’s some fun food events happening around town.

Eat More Vegetables
Wednesday, July 25, 6:30PM - 7:30 PM
FREE cook class!

Shhhh….Vegetables have secrets and the secret is they are sweet! Science cracks the code - sweetness comes out when carbohydrates caramelize at 330F or higher. Come learn best techniques to expose these secrets by cooking. Chef Laura Stec of Innovative Cuisine and The Food Party! also addresses: Why to keep water as far away from vegetables as possible, the energetics of food, shopping and storage, and an EZ Seasoning system that just might change your life.
Call the library for more information. No RSVP’s required.

Where: Millbrae Library
Cost: Free
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Canning Extravaganza!
Saturday August 4, 2pm-6pm

Learn the joys and simplicity of home canning! Canning is a wonderful way to preserve the bounty of summer. Eat ripe peaches in January and never worry about holiday gifts again! After a thorough introduction to the theory, safety issues, equipment and ingredients, we will put our new knowledge to practice and can up some seasonal, organic, high-acid fruits and tomatoes with two tried and true methods –the waterbath method and the inversion method. You will learn about jam, jellies, compotes, vinegar pickles, sauces and salsa, no-fail low sugar jams and some secrets about pectin. As an extra bonus we’ll demonstrate a quick method for canning juice that extends the bounty. Everyone takes home 3 jars of goodies. Sponsored by the Institute of Urban Homesteading.

Where: Oakland
Cost: $60-90 sliding scale plus $15 supply fee to be brought in cash on the day of class
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Gardening for Fall and Winter
Sunday August 5, 10am-3pm

This day long course will introduce you to the essentials of organic gardening with a focus on gardening for the second half of the year. . In the first part of the day we’ll learn about dirt, including soil types, tilling and amending options for composting and sheet mulching, cover crops and more. In the second half of the class we will focus on plants: seeds and starts, sun and shade, water, weeds and garden planning. There will be lots to touch and feel, garden tour, and break out exercises including hands-on work in the garden. Bring your questions and get your hands dirty! This class is for beginning gardeners and those wanting to learn more about organic perspectives and techniques.

Where: Fruitvale District
Cost: $50-90 sliding scale

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Palo Alto Edible Tree Walk
August 11, 10 AM - noon

Canopy joins with partners Transition Palo Alto, Slow Food South Bay and the Silicon Valley Permaculture Guild for our third annual Palo Alto Edible Tree Walk. We'll walk a short loop across downtown, starting at Dr Eugenie Johnson Park and ending at Gamble Garden. We'll stop frequently to gaze up at trees that have some edible part, learning about the trees from multiple perspectives, including arborist/botanist, chef, permaculturist, historian and policy wonk. It's a fun way to learn about some of your more unassuming neighbors, while getting a little exercise with some like-minded souls. Be sure to RSVP (it's free) as these walks generally fill up.

Where: Palo Alto
Cost: Free!

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Posted by Warsaw Realtor, a resident of Bailey Park,
on Jul 30, 2018 at 6:56 am

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You really do a great job of keeping your readers informed about upcoming foodie events in the community. You should consider creating a stand-alone website for the topic. I'll bet you wouldn't have any trouble obtaining loyal visitors! I stumbled on you blog doing research for a similar "community events" project I am working on. Thanks for the inspiration!

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