Saturday, November 14, 2009

Going Back to the Source SF Urban Terroir

The San Francisco workshop was wonderful. A beautiful combination of friends, family, amazing food, morning yoga on the beach, and three lovely days with some of the Bay Area's most committed yogis (and a few cute babies)!

Chetana Deorah's* Flickr photo stream captured the Dance of Shiva and the seasonal picnic, created by the Bay Area's own Chef Wong who nourished us with all ilk of fungi, fermention and other deliciousness. (Menu below)

Matt from forageSF led us through the urban forest, pointing out wild edibles (ie, the "forgotten" food system), teaching us how to survive when oil is $100k/barrel - and - how to impress your foodie friends with cool stuff like acorn flour bread in the meantime. (By they way, check out forageSF's CSF and Wild Kitchen Dinners.)

The full harvest moon graced us with its presence during the picnic in Dolores Park. In American folklore, the first full moon in October is called the Hunter's Moon and is associated with feasting and abundance. Fitting symbolism for a beautiful day/weekend! (Photo credit - Rebekah Smith)

Seasonal Picnic Menu


raita w/ zata’ar crisps
fava bean puree w/ dandelion greens
summer terrine
chicken and lemon terrine


pepperonata crostini w/ ricotta
picked red onion & spicy peppers
chicken liver and fennel crostini

chilled bell pepper w/ sumac, basil and lemon yogurt

raw zucchini w/ green olives, mint & pecorino
heirloom tomato w/ burrata, crouton & basil
bosc pear w/ fennel, walnut, parmigiano reggiano & balsamic


cold spicy sesame noodles w/ crisp vegetables
pesto pasta salad
lentils w/ fennel and wild nettles
quinoa with chanterelles and heart of palm


tuna conserva w/ cucumber, capers & bread salad
salt-cured sardines
roast chicken salad w/ peppers, pine nuts, olives & bitter greens
bulgogee (marinated Korean beef)
grilled skirt steak and arugula salad w/ roquefort and catalina dressing

apple citrus custard tart

*Check out Chetana's other photo collections as well. She's a great photographer!