An evening brought to you by Katy Kelly Fine Art Services…
An evening brought to you by Katy Kelly Fine Art Services…
For more information on our Caffe Vita Farm Direct sourcing trips stroll through the Vita + One Pot blog…
one pot + jennifer 8 lee returns + the fortune cookie chronicles = november 24th.
the last time we had jennifer (and her nytimes best selling book) at dinner we turned away over 150 requests – her insanely engaging book about chinese food in america made a huge splash in the emerald city – six months later we are lucky to get jennifer for a repeat performance – since her last visit her book has appeared everywhere and received endless praise.
we are lucky to have a return visit by the chef du jour scott emerick of cremant – expect some nw-franco-chinese versioning – and don’t be scared – jennifer will make it very clear that sampling and appropriation are core to chinese food.
jennifer gives an amazing multi-media presentation – expect to leave with a completely different perspective on chinese food, america, life. (thanks again to mrs. kim ricketts for making this one go…)
$60 – includes her book – byow. email email@example.com to reserve.
This video was inspired by our recent source trip to Ethiopia – where coffee plays a central role in the daily culture of that magnificent land. The smell of coffee roasting permeates the little villages and the large cities – the beans are roasted by hand in almost every household, caramelized over open flames, and prepared in a traditional ceremony that has been practiced for over 1000 years.
We were blown away by the reverence and respect given the bean – and thought we should pay a little homage by attempting to roast a small batch of beans in our own home. The process is relatively simple – requires a good cast-iron or steel pan – and about 15-20 minutes of attention. Vita has put some green beans up on their online store, take this link if you would like to order some and give it a whirl.
james beard award winning author jennifer mclagan will be joining us with her new book FAT an appreciation of the misunderstood ingredient on the 20th – her book begins “for all of history, minus the last thirty years, fat has been at the center of human diets.” and through the rest of her lush book jennifer makes a powerful sensual and scholarly argument for the reification of FAT.
the ever-talent scott emerick of cremant will be cooking beautiful fat-centric food – this will be held in caffe vita’s beautiful private loft – wood fired oven, gorgeous capitol hill location, cozy and lush. bring your own wine – leave with a copy of the book FAT (included in the price) and spend the evening in discussion with Jennifer – Stranger contributor Angela Garbes is going to be sitting down to pepper the author with question and question. (and we owe this delightful event to kim ricketts…)
reserve now. $60. byow. email to reserve: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I love this book! There are very few cookbooks published today that add something truly new and distinctive to the literature of food and cooking” michael ruhlman author of the french laundry cookbook.
Yet another Caffe Vita Farm Direct coffee. We found this brilliant farm through our dear friend and superstar chef Jan Birnbaum of Epic Roasthouse S.F.. We will be getting more of these gorgeous beans in the future – but right now we only have a very limited supply.
The farm is a remarkable organic property in Boquette Panama – with heavy plantings of the much sought after geisha varietal. The trees are farmed using an ancient lunar method and the beans are carefully hand picked and dried on raised beds. The flavor profile is unparalleled and reminds us more of a fine Ethiopian bean than a Latin American coffee. In short – this is a very rare coffee and it completely coffee blew us away. A decadent complex cup with fragrant hints of citrus blossom, pronounced blueberry and chocolate flavors.
Exclusively available at our retail stores – and on the Vita online store – click here to grab some.
As part of the Songs For Eating and Drinking project (that Caffe Vita helped make a reality) here is a short video of local heroes Head Like a Kite covering Crosby Stills and Nash’s famous protest song – originally recorded in reaction to the devastating Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. The song has been covered by the Dandy Warhols, Devo, and many others – but this might be our favorite rendition. For more performances in this series go to www.songsforeatinganddrinking.com
Phil Elverum (sometimes spelled Elvrum) is an artist in a variety of mediums, though he is probably best known for his music recorded under the names “Mount Eerie” and “The Microphones”. This interview filmed by Public Access Media at the Vera Project an all ages rock and roll non-profit located at the Seattle Center that Caffe Vita whole-heartedly supports.
Born in 1978 and raised in the forests outside Anacortes, Washington, Elverum came of age artistically during the supposed “grunge era”. The gradual realization that there was good art and music happening locally was an opening door to a new world. With a driver’s license and a job at the local book/record store Elverum began staying after hours recording in the back room late into the night, releasing a series of cassettes throughout his high school years. Eventually he moved to Olympia to attend college but soon quit because he was already totally immersed in the thriving underground music world surrounding K records. He had been given access to their Dub Narcotic Studio and continued the late night/early morning solo recording experiments in Olympia, eventually releasing his first album with K, “Don’t Wake Me Up” (by the Microphones, 1999). “The Glow pt. 2″ (by the Microphones, 2001) is probably his best known release. The culmination of this era of work is the album titled “Mount Eerie” (by the Microphones, 2003). It is supposedly “death themed” and after its release Elverum began performing under the name “Mount Eerie” as an attempt to more fully inhabit that theme and speak/sing from it.