Here are six great events happening this weekend in the Bay Area! Collect them all! Lord knows we will.
The Good Food Awards Gala Reception
When: Friday, January 18 (8:30PM – 10:30PM)
Where: The Ferry Building
Great googly moogly! Is it that time again already? We had the distinct pleasure of attending last year's Good Food Awards Gala Reception and by gum, was it a humdinger. Expect big names in the slow foods scene (we hear whispers that the menonymous Alice herself will be hosting the festivities). Rub shoulders and snack on pork shoulders while celebrating the one hundred and fourteen Good Food Award winners for 2013. Expect bites of cheeses, charcuterie, pickles, preserves, confections, chocolate, and an open bar of award winning beers, wines, spirits, cocktails, and coffee.
The tickets ain't cheap but they're worth every slow food penny.
The organizers wrangled ten local chefs to create tasting plates for the night. Sarah and Evan “Richie” Rich of Rich Table, Comstock Saloon's Carlo “Corny” Espinas, Bill “Wormy Wood” Corbett of The Absinthe Group, Trevor “Hogden” Ogden of Chambers and Slanted Door alum Grace “The Face” Nguyen of Asian Box. Dust off your penguin suit, it's black-tie optional.
How much? $95 (Buy tickets online)
Good Food Awards Marketplace: Early Access
When: Saturday, January 19 (8:ooAM – 9:00AM)
Where: The Ferry Building
Get up early, we've got two events to hit up back to back. The first event is the Good Food Awards Marketplace. You've got your choice between the early bird special and the later beer-focused program for the hungover brunch-time set. The goods go fast so go early. This early event is perfect for tasting, purchasing, and picking the brains of the winners. The organizers are throwing in five $1-off coupons for marketplace purchasing and a limited-edition coaster set for the rumpus room at home.
How much? $15 (Buy tickets online)
You have time to hit up the GFA Marketplace in the morning and BART up to the Mission District for Barista Nation. BN is three events in one. With an impressive all-day program with workshops and lectures from over fifteen speakers, there's something for every coffee professional. Barista Nation will also be the coming out party for the brand new Bay Area Coffee Community with the first round of the Bay Area Latte Art League!
Barista Nation Registration will close January 16th and there's only a few tickets left.
There's even the opportunity for early-morning BGA certifying for those few baristas who still don't have their certificate framed at home!
Bay Area Coffee Pro Book Club Discusses Left Coast Roast
When: Sunday, January 20 (2:00PM)
Where: Wrecking Ball Roasters
The Bay Area Coffee Pro Book Club will once again meet up for a rousing discussion of coffee literature. This time around the nerds of BACPBC will discuss the beautiful object that is Left Coast Roast, written by friend and Sprudge contributor Hanna Neuschwander. This event is open to any coffee lover. Have a Wrecking Ball latte! Meet the author! Nerd out with nerds!
How much? Free!
Coffee and Sustainability Panel Discussion
When: Monday, January 21 (6:ooPM)
Where: Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building
CUESA is putting on this panel of local coffee luminaries hosted by Neuschwander. “When I was writing Left Coast Roast, the issue of sustainability was the thorniest, and therefore led to some of the most interesting conversations I had with coffee roasters,” Neuschwander explains on her blog. Panelists include Blue Bottle national quality control manager Stephen Vick, Colby Barr of Verve Coffee Roasters, and Santa Clara University professor and environmental scientist Chris Bacon, co-author of Confronting the Coffee Crisis. Expect a lively discussion about the ethics behind your morning brew, coffee's environmental footprint, farming and sustainability, fair prices for beans, and more.
How much? $5 suggested donation (RSVP online)
Coffee At Home
When: Tuesday, January 22 (7:00PM)
Where: 18 Reasons
Now that you feel comfortable with finding the best beans, learn how to properly prepare them at home in this intro class led by Neuschwander. Topics covered will include an overview of slow coffee approaches like pour over, French press, and Aeropress — including which equipment is worth an investment and which is more of a “nice to have” — along with discussion about the nuances of coffee flavors and how to develop a more discerning palate. Also, Neuschwander promises to teach you how to roast your own coffee at home, which sounds like a rad skill to have up your sleeve whether you plan to utilize it or not.
How much? $25 ($35 for nonmembers)