Member Spotlight: Jennie Schacht

Jennie Schacht is a culinary writer and consultant based in Oakland, California. She is the author of i scream SANDWICH! and Farmers’ Market Desserts; co-author of The Wine Lover’s Dessert Cookbook, Southern Italian Desserts, and Without Reservations; and co-author, ghost writer, or editor of many other works. She consults to chefs, restaurateurs, and authors […]

By |August 28th, 2017|Featured Members, Featured News, Member Profiles|0 Comments

Member Profile: Jane Bonacci

Jane Bonacci is the co-author of “The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook) and writes The Heritage Cook (www.theheritagecook.com) food blog. She is an expert in gluten-free baking and cooking, a professional food and travel writer, recipe developer, and recipe tester. Her goal is to help people get back in the kitchen, cooking from scratch with […]

Member Profile: Betsy Haley

Betsy Haley turned her background in fine art and her love of cooking into a career in food styling. Her blog betsylife.com features a variety of recipes, fun videos, and lifestyle content reflective of her home in California with her husband and dogs.

When did you first decide you wanted to make food your career?
I […]

By |August 7th, 2017|Featured Members, Featured News, Member Profiles|0 Comments

“The Sum of All Things Dim” – a guest post

Here’s SFPFS Member Betty Teller’s take on the recent Dim Sum lunch at Peony Seafood Restaurant in Oakland, featuring Madame Huang / Carolyn Phillips. 

The offerings in our local restaurants are far removed from their purported Chinese origin. I was reminded of that again recently when I attended an educational and delicious program on dim […]

Wine SIG Holiday Cocktail Tasting

The Wine SIG made sure the start of the holiday season was a festive one at our last gathering of 2016, which focused on wine cocktails. On November 14, twelve lucky members gathered at Jennie Schacht’s home in Oakland to taste some unique holiday wine cocktails, researched and prepared by Jennie herself. Our gathering […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Events, Featured News, Past Events, Wine SIG|0 Comments

In The News: Dianne Jacob

CONGRATULATIONS TO DIANNE JACOB!
 
Les Dames d’ Escoffier International has named Dianne Jacobs the grand prize winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing in 2016 for her essay in Lucky Peach, The Meaning of Mangoes. It also won Best Essay from the Association of Food Journalists annual awards, and is included in the anthology Best […]

By |November 8th, 2016|Featured Members, Featured News, Member Profiles|0 Comments

COOKING SIG: 9/19/16

The Cooking SIG held their last meeting of 2016 – and it was outstanding. As is our group’s custom, the subject was “Gifts From The Kitchen.” It was held at the home of Terry Paetzold – also our tradition.

We began our evening with a pizza-making party. Terry made up a batch of pizza dough and some […]

By |September 27th, 2016|Cooking Teachers SIG, Events, Featured News, Past Events, SFPFS News|0 Comments

OAKLICIOUS BBQ!

9/11/2016

A day of Liberty and Justice for All – at the beautiful Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland! Sunshine, delicious food, two raffles, a silent auction, Member Made Fare and an exceptional Taste of Oakland exhibition (curated by Kara Nielsen) greeted SFPFS members and guests while benefiting City College Culinary Arts, The Bread Project, and Oakland-based […]

By |September 25th, 2016|Events, Featured News, Past Events, SFPFS News|0 Comments

Hummus Tasting Results –  SFPFS Food Tasting SIG – Aug 10, 2016

For our blind tasting, we sampled eleven brands of  hummus.  All were plain or traditional.  If you would like a list of all we tasted, email Rita Held directly:  rita@foodandwinepros.com.

# 1  Sabra Classic   10 oz  $4.49
Nice mild lemon, good mild tahini flavor, mild garlic. Very well balanced.  Smooth, thinner texture than others.

# 2  Oren’s […]

A Rosé By Any Other Name: The Wine SIG Tastes Rosé

It was a perfect summer’s eve on Monday, July 18, when ten members of the SFPFS’s Wine SIG gathered at Kara Nielsen’s charming home in Oakland and tasted a round-up of rosés.

Bob Anderson sourced the wines and presented them to the group. We sampled eight wines, ranging in color from pale apricot to Hawaiian […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Events, Featured News, Past Events, Wine SIG|0 Comments