We’re off on another adventure. And we’d love to meet you along the way.
As many of you might remember, we spent much of September in a minivan, driving around New England, holding potlucks and meeting so many of you lovely people. (If you want to take a look at some of those experiences, here are the posts for your perusal.) Those gatherings and the laughter we shared with so many of you have fueled the recipe development and testing we have been doing in our kitchen studio since then. Now, it’s time to hit the road again.
On Saturday, we’re flying down to San Francisco to start our California road trip.
Why California? There is so much good food there. Think of how California chefs and restaurants have set the trends for meals and ingredients these past 50 years: Chez Panisse, farmers’ markets, Wolfgang Puck, Zuni Cafe, Lucques, Bar Tartine. California supplies so much of this country with fresh produce, particularly those farmers in the central part of the state. And I grew up in California, in Claremont (where we are going), but I never appreciated those miles we drove when we went up to Washington to visit my grandparents. To really understand the food of that state and its importance to American cuisine, I want to go back as an adult.
Danny, Lu, and I would like to meet you.
Here’s where we are going to be.
Sacramento, Sunday February 16th
On Sunday, we’re having an afternoon potluck party at the home of a friend in Sacramento. This one is an invite-only potluck as we can only have so many people there. If you would like to attend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, telling me why you’d like to be there. I’ll let you know the address and details in the return email.
Oakland, Tuesday February 18th — Mariposa Bakery, 7 to 8:30 pm
We’re big fans of Mariposa, one of the best gluten-free bakeries in the Bay Area. Years ago, we had a small event in honor of my first book. Now, we’re going back to their new space in Oakland. We’d love to meet you there.
Bring a potluck dish to the party, a food that really feels like the cuisine of the Bay Area to you. (This is a dedicated gluten-free baking space so please do not bring any gluten!)
5427 Telegraph Ave, Unit D3
Oakland, CA 94609
Come on out!
San Carlos, Wednesday February 19th — Zest Bakery, 3 pm
We can’t go to the Bay Area without visiting our friends Charissa and Patrick at Zest Bakery. Lucy still talks about their baked goods. We’ll be making a stop there for tea and treats. If you’d like to join us, come on by at 3 pm.
Madera, Thursday February 20th — San Joaquin Wine Company, 6 to 8 pm
We’re very excited to meet the farmers of central California and meet you at the lovely San Joaquin Wine Company in Madera. They have generously volunteered the space for our party. Let’s gather with great food that feels like that part of California to you. Bring a potluck dish, with gluten or without. We want to hear your food stories!
San Joaquin Wine Company
21801 Avenue 16,
Madera, CA 93637
(Thank you so much to K.C. Pomering for organizing this for us!)
Santa Barbara, Saturday February 22nd — Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market, 11 am
We won’t be having an official potluck here, but we’ll be heading to the farmers’ market to meet farmers and gather armfuls of the produce we won’t be able to find in Washington for months still. If you’re in the area, and you’d like to say hello and share some food, come on by.
Los Angeles, Sunday February 23rd — Silverlake Park, 1 to 3 pm
Years ago now, we had a potluck picnic in Central Park. Everyone who attended either had the word YES or IMAGINE somewhere. That lovely afternoon in New York was really something else. And that experience taught us how much we love potlucks. There’s something wonderfully relaxed and inviting about a potluck. Instead of the perfect table glowing with candles, white plates and wine glasses? There is green grass, dozens of different dishes, and laughter.
It’s time for another picnic in the park.
This year, we’re having a potluck at Silver Lake Park in Los Angeles. As our friend Catherine said, it has a ”…huge grassy flat area with hipsters, kids and kites on a windy day.” There seems to be a open expanse of grass right in front of a reservoir. We’ll meet you there at 1.
Bring the food that really feels like Los Angeles to you. (If you want to bring the gluten version, feel free to do so! Just mark it clearly.) We can’t wait to feast with you.
(We’ve looked at the weather forecast and it’s supposed to be in the mid-60s and reasonably sunny. I remember from when I grew up in southern California, 63° still felt like we needed parkas. But think of the people on the East Coast and their 5 feet of snow right now. They’d love to be in 63° weather. Go ahead. Brave the weather. Come out to meet us.)
Silver Lake Park
1850 W Silver Lake Dr
Los Angeles, CA
As you can see, we’ll be in plenty of places. But we learned our lessons from the trip in September. We won’t be doing a potluck every day this time. Instead, we’ll be meeting with farmers, friends, chefs, bakers, and savoring the tastes of California. (And also, driving. There will be plenty of driving.) To follow along with our adventures, feel free to check out my photographs on Instagram, see what we’re saying on Twitter, and hear everyone’s suggestions for places to eat on our Facebook page.
Speaking of that, if you have suggestions for great restaurants, farms you feel we must visit, places to stay, farmers’ markets where we should shop, or gluten-free bakeries we should try, please leave your suggestions in the comments section of this post. Everyone who wants to visit California someday — make your lists.
We can’t wait to meet you, to eat with you, and to hear your food stories, California.