‘Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft’
Remember the film “James Beard: America’s First Foodie” that screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival? That movie launches a new American Masters series on KQED this Friday, May 19 at 9 p.m., to be followed by several episodes on American chefs.
The culinary journey of American Masters’ “Chefs Flight” featuring documentaries on four culinary icons, James Beard, Julia Child and Alice Waters, continues with “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft,” on Friday, May 26 at 9 p.m.
Discover the story of chef Jacques Pepin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks and a charming Gallic accent, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons.
4-H Flapjack Feed
Sonoma Valley 4-H, led by Becky Larson of Larson Family Winery, which is truly a family dedicated to other families and young people, will host its 10th annual flapjack feed this Sunday, May 21 at Schell-Vista Fire Station.
Guests can feast on light and fluffy flapjacks (aka pancakes), sausage, fruit, milk, juice, and coffee, all served by Sonoma Valley 4-H members.
There will be a silent auction of items donated and created by the 4-H members, as well as items from local businesses. Last year I bought a treasure chest of white flowered plants donated by supporter Eileen Pharo and turned it into a curbside library. This is the club’s only fundraiser.
It is an opportunity to visit with friends old and new, as well as learn what 4-H is all about – it is not just cows and cooking anymore. In addition to large animal projects like beef, dairy, sheep, swine and goats and small animal projects like poultry and pygmy goats, Sonoma Valley 4-H offers projects such as bee keeping, canning, holiday cookies, public speaking, dog care and training, quilting, sewing, leather craft, hiking, and more. 4-H is open to kids from 5 to 19 years old. $8, free for kids under 3, making this a real family outing. 8 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 529-6085.
Wish there was 4-H for grownups!
Important burrito recall
Green Chile Food Co. of Las Cruces, New Mexico is recalling more than 250,000 pounds of frozen burritos because of possible listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The burritos were made between March 8 and May 10, marked with number 21740, and were distributed in California, Oregon, Illinois and South Dakota.
Quarryhill education fundraiser
Even if it’s your first visit, you might want to attend the fundraiser Saturday, May 20 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen. The garden is at its spring finest, and Bruce Riezenman of Park Avenue Catering will do the food.
The whole event benefits Quarryhill’s Youth Science Education Program and includes Paul W. Meyer, Director of the Morris Arboretum, who will speak about the importance of educating children about nature, followed by a fund-a-need for children’s science education programs.
Chef Bruce will serve sake oyster shooters, Ahi tartare on sesame crisps, spicy duck and asparagus sushi rolls, and tempura veggies to greet guests. At the Yakitori Station, you can get garlic-ginger shiitake mushroom skewers, sesame-ginger soba noodles, and Indonesian grilled chicken breast. Also look for Korean short ribs, scallion Jasmin rice, Asian pear, radish and watercress salad, pickled vegetables, lemon Verbena ice cream, lavender shortbread cookies, French press coffee and Tazo teas. $145 public, $125 members. 5:30 to 8 p.m. 12841 Highway 12, Glen Ellen.