• Posted by Califia Suntree on July 19th, 2012, 10:50 AM

    This is Ole-Martin Hansen, the Swedish salmon smoker who plies his trade in London, and lives in what can only be described as a Scandinavian-chic plywood box on top of his artisanal fish operation, called Hansen & Lydersen. He lovingly salts and smokes his salmon with juniper-infused hay, serenading the filets with piano music, and then distributes it to London chefs. “I am the salmon smoker,” he declares. “I should be trusted.” He is also my future husband.

    Salmon Smoker on Nowness.com.

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on August 3rd, 2011, 12:07 PM

    The biennial Slow Food Italy Cheese summit is back the Piedmont, for its 8th edition. Everyone from shepherds to ultra-small-scale cheese producers to chefs from all over descend on the town of Bra to talk dairy products. This year’s summit will focus on encouraging young people to become artisanal cheese makers–Bra will be renaming one of its piazzas the Piazza della Resistenza Casearia, the “Cheese Resistance Piazza,” to get young cheese revolutionaries excited–and, less  stirringly, on the issue of proper labeling. (Every revolution has its bureaucrats…) For attendees, there are “Milk Workshops” on topics like “Evolving Trends in Cheese Consumption” and “Counterfeit Cheese,” a master class on mozzarella, and 13 “Dinner Dates” in nearby villas and wineries.

    When: September 16 to 19, 2011

    Where: Bra, Italy

    Visit the Cheese 2011 website for event information and to book online. (Workshops range from 15 to 40 euros, Dinner Dates from 45 to 90 euros, and the mozzarella class is 35 euros.)

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on April 13th, 2011, 7:40 AM

    Artisanal L.A. is a two-day event features workshops, book signings, panels and vendor booths from some of the city’s most prominent food personalities and artisanal food producers. Panels include “How Farmers Markets are Made,” moderated by Laura Avery, and “Urban Homesteading” along with expert discussions of beekeeping and butchery. The weekend also includes demos by Intelligentsia coffee, the Eagle Rock Brewery, and much more.

    When: Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2011
    12pm – 5pm

    Where: The Santa Monica Place “Dining Deck”
    395 Santa Monica Place (Broadway & 3rd St.)

    Tickets are $10 in advance per day or $18 for a weekend pass. Free bike valet!

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on March 31st, 2011, 11:27 AM

    This recipe is courtesy of Taylor Brittenham, maker of Bitter Tears handcrafted bitters and co-proprietor of Ms. and His, a pop-up bar and cocktail catering service. You can get your hands on Bitter Tears Hina (hibiscus-rose) at Bar Keeper in Silverlake, Calif., or online.

    Makes 1 cocktail

    3 ounces gin
    1 ounce vodka
    1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
    Three drops Hina bitters

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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