"Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think
-- Author Unknown
an effort to better understand the needs, wants, and hopes of our
community, we are conducting a brief survey among our members,
visitors, neighbors, volunteers, and everyone else who's part of 18
Reasons! The survey ends today, Tuesday the 9th, and we want
your feedback! This is a great chance to let us know how we
are doing (and even better, you'll have a chance to
win two tickets to an upcoming producer dinner at 18
Reasons). So tells us what you think...we
are listening! If you have trouble with the links, please visit:
18 Reasons Team
Thursday, November 11th,
Hour: DIY Desserts: UNBELIEVEABLE
$5 door fee
This month's DIY Dessert social is all about revolution! Wow us
with your innovation and creativity. Surprise us by making odd-ball
combinations that transform into sweet ambrosia in our mouths. Is
your confection too good to be true? We'll be the judge of that!
Guest judges Matt Stewart (creative wizard), Irvin Lin (local food
and winner of SF Food
Wars pie contest
), and Natalie
Luney (Bi-Rite Creamery
pastry chef) will determine
just who is the most innovative amongst you.
This evening is inspired by Matt Stewart's brilliant new novel The
, which, in the words of the SF Chronicle
, "offers priceless
send-ups of the extravagances of San Francisco food culture: 'squid
truffle paste, cherry-apple-pork-chop marmalade, goose neck-onion
goulash brewed with platinum flakes.'" Matt will be on hand with
his own crazy eats and zany readings to get your mouth watering,
and of course you'll be able to buy a copy of his bodacious book!
And, no, your dessert does not need to include meat-fruit
combinations. We invite slightly more traditional takes on the
classics. But only slightly.
Friday, November 12th,
Homemade Baby Food
$5 for everyone
Feeding your bambino nutritious and delicious food is important, we
all know that. It can also be expensive and time-consuming. So
we're tapping our collective blending powers to make the most
important of tasks - feeding our children - easier. In return for
bringing a batch of organic homemade baby food, you'll get to meet
other parents, trade baby food secrets, and leave with 10 different
half-pints of pureed deliciousness. We'll have coffee and tea on
hand to help fuel the swap and your day. RSVP to:
Bring: one large container of your homemade baby food and empty
small jars or other containers to bring home everyone else's!
Note: All baby food must be made from 100% organic ingredients. If
it is seasonal, even better!
Sunday, November 14th,
Homemade Family Dinner
$5 for everyone
Swapping begins at 4:45PM.
Cooking meals is healthier, cheaper, and usually more delicious
than eating out. Yet it can be hard to find the time every night
to make dinner for a hungry family. 18 Reasons has a solution:
combine forces with your community! For this monthly swap we team
up with A Little Yumminess
writers Stacie Dong and
Simran Singh to get your whole family fed for one week. For all the
details, like portion size and vegetarian options, please check our
. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
by November 11th. IF, after
RSVP-ing, you cannot make the swap, please let us know AT LEAST two
days in advance, so that we can make sure there is enough food for
A Little Yumminess
is a blog by two San
Francisco moms pursuing a passion for eating, cooking and sharing
food adventures with their families.
Thursday, November 18th,
Holiday Beer Tasting with Sarah Bouldin!
$10 for 18 Reasons members; $15 for
the general public
You're a beer
person, but everyone pours wines at Thanksgiving. What do you do?
Rebel! Pour beer! But what kind of beer? We're here for you.
Bi-Rite's beer guru Sarah Bouldin is hand picking the line-up for
tonight's tasting of brews to go with turkey, gravy, Yorkshire
pudding, pumpkin pie, figgy pudding, and other seasonal feast
foods. Pour an IPA next to that pinot. You can do it. (In fact,
one could argue that tradition demands it - those Pilgrims were beer
Friday, November 19th,
Tasting and DIY Cocktail Pairing Party
$10 for 18 Reasons members; $15 for the general public
(includes all drinks and food)
Just in time for the coming cocktail party season,
join us for an unusual and experimental tasting of the delicious
spirit behind classic San Francisco cocktails like the Pisco Punch
and Pisco Sour. This is a three part experience; first, we'll
sample an exciting range of piscos from local importer and
distiller Timothy Childs of Vinas De Oro/ClearGrape
. At the
next station, we will set up a tasting test that lets you compare
how different flavors affect your perception of taste and aroma
(Think that Quebranta Pisco has notes of toast and dried fruits?
Now try it with a roasted hazelnut!) Last, we'll discuss the
opportunities in pairing food and spirits and showcase some
unusual small plates to inspire your holiday parties.
Bonus: learn how to make a seasonal Pisco Punch, the cocktail
Rudyard Kipling said was "compounded of the shavings of
cherubs' wings, the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of
sunset, and the fragments of lost epics by dead masters."
Can't beat that too easily!
Monday, November 22nd,
Wisdom of Gratitude: A Dinner Conversation
$15 for 18 Reasons members; $20 for the general
A time of thanks is upon us, and before we get swept up in the
cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pies ahead, we want to take an
evening to learn and talk about gratitude. Over a simple
vegetarian supper we will hear about the value of giving thanks
from thinkers in a range of fields. The line-up is still being
determined, but will likely include perspectives from medicine,
religion, and art. We wanted to get this on your calendar now,
since we know the holidays get busy quickly.
Thursday, November 25th,
9:30AM-2PM, RSVP required
Volunteer Opportunity: Cooking for Respite
Meet at Respite, 1171 Mission St, at 8th St.
18 Reasons is preparing and serving a meal at The Medical Respite
and Sobering Center, an incredible SOMA facility that offers
recuperative services to homeless individuals discharged from San
Francisco Hospitals. In practice, the Medical Respite gives sick or
injured homeless people a respite from the dangers of life on the
streets. Respite, as it is called, is small and mighty, and this
Thanksgiving we want to support their work by offering the
residents and staff a delicious, handmade, and festive meal. To
get the job done, we are going to feed 60 people and need
. Please RSVP to
email@example.com by November 15th, 2010
Tuesday, November 30th,
Lecture: Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon
$10 for everyone
at the door.
This will be a popular event, so RSVP today. Please add the number "18" to your
last name to denote that you are RSVP-ing via 18
Join 18 Reasons, The Lexicon of
Sustainability, and the Post Carbon Institute for a
talk and conversation with Richard Heinberg. Richard is
widely regarded as one of the world's most effective communicators
of the need to transition away from fossil fuels, and at 18 Reasons
will to talk about the role agriculture plays in the transition.
We can't wait to get this conversation rolling with you! Desserts
will be provided to sweeten the deal.
our co-host: The Post Carbon
Institute provides individuals, communities, businesses, and
governments with the resources neededto understand and respond to
the interrelated economic, energy, and environmental crises that
define the 21st century.
UPDATED with Schedule of
Saturday-Sunday, November 13th-14th, All Day, Drop-In
At St. George Spirits: 2601 Monarch St,
This event is free and open to the public
Food and drink are $5-60
Buy dinner tickets from SFMOMA
How does water flow in the Bay Area? Conceived
around two dinners and a lunch, OPENwater will propose an immersive
experience at the confluence of food, water, politics, ecology and
art. Through video, a 3D sound environment, panel discussions and
more informal encounters with artists, fishermen, biologists and
preservationists OPENwater will examine some of the issues at the
heart of the Bay-Delta watershed and the California water
Installations and performances by Sita Bhaumik, Denise King, Leslie
Terzian Markoff, Lauren Marsden, Travis McFlynn, Jessica Niello,
David Wilson, and The Perish Trust. Video works by Kim Anno and
Ricardo Rivera, Cynthia Hooper, Martin Machado, Christina McPhee,
and Chris Sollars, with others. Sound works by Jen Boyd, and James
Goode, with others.
Food by Cal Peternell/Chez Panisse, Chris Lee/Eccolo, Chris
Kronner/ Bar Tartine, plus PEKO PEKO, HOG ISLAND, MAGNOLIA BREWERY,
BEAUNE IMPORTS, FOUR BARREL COFFEE and ST GEORGE SPIRITS
Saturday November, 13
3PM: Salting and Quick Pickle workshop
4PM: Roundtable discussion with Dena Beard, MATRIX
Curatorial Assistant, Berkeley Art Museum; Jennifer Frazier, Cell
Biologist and Project Director, Exploratorium; Christopher Richard,
Associate Curator of Aquatic Biology, Oakland Museum of California;
and Peter Vorster, Hydrogeographer, The Bay Institute.
5:30PM: Dinner - The water cycle
Sunday November, 14
11:30AM: Lunch - The Lower Sacramento
4PM: Roundtable discussion with Ed Ueber,
Moderator; Marc Alley, Fisherman; Lloyd G. Carter, Journalist;
Cynthia Hooper, Artist; Jon Rosenfield, President, SalmonAID
Foundation; Tom Worthington, Partner, Monterey Fish.
5:30PM: Dinner - The Chinook Salmon
Plus ongoing conversations with water experts from various
For a full schedule of events, reservations, and updates visit: http://openrestaurant.org
directions and public transit options can be found at www.stgeorgespirits.com.
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