When most people talk about becoming a pastry chef, it’s usually French pâtisserie they are referring to: puff pastry, buttercream, profiteroles, chocolate ganache. Can you imagine making crème brûlée or pâte sucrée by any other method than the French way? And yet, it’s a French pastry chef who is trying reinvent the classics of French pâtisserie. In July I was invited by Valrhona to attend a special conference on “La Gourmandise Raisonnée”, that promised a modern perspective on making pastries less of a guilty pleasure and more of a measured indulgence.
August 27th, 2013 · 6 Comments · Chocolate, Recipes, San Francisco, SF Events, Tarts
May 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments · San Francisco, SF Events
Thanks all for your support of sated! And now, a quick diversion:
I’ll be providing cookies for a book event tomorrow: the authors Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques will be doing a demo and book signing at Britex Fabrics in downtown San Francisco. I was approached because they were looking for a local blogger to provide treats for their event. Well, I was flattered to help out and who knows? I might actually learn how to do more with a thread and needle than sew buttons back on! A baker I am; a seamstress I’m not!
If you’d like to learn about the book, you can visit the website for a cute video.
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January 26th, 2012 · 11 Comments · San Francisco, SF Events, Sweet Spots
Is the cupcake craze over? Apparently not in the Bay Area, where new cupcakeries are still proliferating. A couple weeks ago DrinkEatPlay invited me to judge at the 2nd Annual Bay Area Cupcake Challenge, where 13 cupcake bakeries competed for Best Cupcake and Best Bakery. Two cupcakes from each competitor equaled a whole lot of cupcakes to taste!
December 12th, 2011 · 15 Comments · Cakes, Recipes, San Francisco, SF Events
Photo courtesy of Driscoll’s
About a week ago I got to be part of an exciting event: Driscoll’s held a holiday cooking and food photography workshop in San Francisco and several local food bloggers, including yours truly, was invited to attend.
I had previously got to tour some of the farms that grow Driscoll’s berries, so another chance to sample their delicious product was most welcome.