I will be working with the guys at Ludivine, one of my favorite restaurants in America, “off campus” to do a foraged dinner. Details are TBD, but stay tuned.
Sacramento Library Benefit
Mulvaney’s Building & Loan
1215 19th Street, Sacramento CA
Chef Patrick Mulvaney and I will be cooking up some tasty bites from my books — and those of four other Sacramento farm-to-fork writers — for a benefit to support the Sacramento Library at Mulvaney’s. The event starts at 5 pm and tickets are $75. You can buy your tickets here.
Mulvaney’s Building & Loan
1215 19th Street, Sacramento CA
I’ll be back at Mulvaney’s, this time as part of the Third Annual Have an Offal Day festival of The Naughty Bits! This is one of my favorite cooking events of the year, and I am proud to be a part of it, after a year off. Each of us will cook a tasty bite made from Something Unmentionable. What’s my dish? It’s a secret that I will reveal in my newsletter on August 1…
Buy your tickets here.
Pop-Up Book Dinner in Truckee
August 26 & 27
10918 Brockway Rd, Truckee CA
I will be working with the great Chef Jacob Burton for a two-night pop-up dinner at his restaurant Stella at the Cedar House Sport Hotel near Lake Tahoe. Jacob and I did a fantastic book dinner back in 2011, and we want to do it again. This time it will be a celebration of August’s seasonal bounty — both wild and foraged — as well as both of my cookbooks, Hunt, Gather, Cook and Duck, Duck, Goose.
Menu will be determined by what’s available right at that moment, but you can be sure it’ll be grand. Each night is limited to 30 diners, so reserve your spot ASAP. Tickets are $97 per person (including tip), and I’ll have both books available to sign for you. Hunt, Gather, Cook, now in it’s sixth printing, will be available for $15, and Duck, Duck, Goose, now in its second printing, will be available for $20.
Registration is not yet open, but when it is it will be here. Stay tuned!
Sacramento and Lake Tahoe area
I will be hosting two comprehensive acorn processing and cooking workshops. You’ll learn how to pick the best acorns, about the different species, how to shell, dry and process the acorns — and then the best ways to cook with them.
This will be a half-day workshop, and I am encouraging you to bring your own acorns to work with, although I’ll have some handy, too.
Details of this classes are still to be worked out, but space will be limited. Reserve your spot ASAP. Email me at scrbblr AT hotmal DOT com.
Suisun City, CA
I am teaming up with the California Waterfowl Association to host a weekend of duck hunting and duck cooking in California’s Delta on the weekend of December 18. It’ll be hunts in different places, duck processing and cooking classes, and I’ll be cooking dinner. I am also teaming up with my friends RJ Waldron of Northwind Outfitters and Jason Adversalo of Fowl Pursuer Outdoor Adventures to fill out the weekend’s hunts.
Home base for the weekend will be on California Waterfowl’s Grizzly Ranch in Suisun, California and the event will be a fantastic weekend of hunting, cooking and eating.
The Suisun marshes, if you’ve never heard of them, are in California’s Delta, a duck hunting mecca where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers empty to form the San Francisco Bay. It’s about 12 miles south of Fairfield, CA, off Interstate 80. Easily accessible from the Sacramento airport.
The weekend will start on Friday, where you’ll get settled in and learn some tips and tricks about cooking ducks and geese. That night we’ll have our first dinner, which I will cook, and get ready for the hunt the next day at the ranch.
After Saturday morning’s hunt, we’ll head back to do some duck and goose processing — plucking, dressing, tips on aging and breaking down your birds — and give you some tips, tricks and ideas on how to use the whole bird, from beak to feet. Hang out with me as I cook your dinner: I plan on featuring some of my recipes from my waterfowl cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese both Wild and Domesticated. After dinner, we’ll drink some whisky and swap stories before hitting the bunks for Sunday’s hunt.
Sunday’s hunt will be with Northwind and Fowl Pursuer, and it will most likely be either a diver duck hunt on San Francisco Bay or a goose hunt on a dry field in the Sacramento Valley. Our goal is to get you were the birds are, so we’ll be flexible. I’ll send everyone off with a brown bag lunch of some homemade salami and duck sandwiches.
Now, the details. There are only 8 seats left for this weekend. The cost is $1500, which, when you break it down into 2 nights’ meals and lodging, plus two duck hunts, plus lots of teaching time, that’s a pretty damn good deal.
Interested? Email me at scrbblr AT hotmal DOT com. Registration to come.
Bodega Bay, CA
Clam chowder for Christmas dinner? Why not! There’s a good tide on this day for digging gaper clams, our smaller cousins of the geoduck. Join me on a clamming expedition and I will teach you how to dig these clams, what sort of places to go besides where we’ll be meeting, and how to clean them once we get some. I’ll cook up some chowder for us all to warm up with after we get off the clam flats, and each person will get a copy of my book Hunt, Gather, Cook, which has a whole section on clamming.
There are only 5 seats left for this. Cost is $100 per person, $75 if you already have the book. Interested? Email me at scrbblr AT hotmal DOT com.
Texas Duck School
January 7-10, 2016
Coastal Wings Outfitters
Bay City, TX
I am teaming up with Coastal Wings Guide Service and Lodge in Bay City, Texas for a long weekend of hunting, cooking and eating. We’re doing this in early January to take advantage of the excellent redhead and crane hunting then.
Bay City, if you’ve never heard of it, is about 80 miles southwest of Houston, and is the heart of the Texas coastal rice country, so the quality of the ducks and geese should be superior.
The weekend will start on a Thursday, where you’ll get settled in for your first meal; we’ll probably go for something very Texas, like chili. Coastal Wing’s owner Larry Robinson will lay out the hunting plan for the following day, as well as give you background on the area and what kind of birds you can expect to see. Coastal Wings has access to 19 farms that cover 45,000 acres of prime waterfowl habitat.
We’ll hunt Friday morning for sandhill cranes, ducks or for geese in a rice or corn field — January is an excellent month to hunt cranes in Texas. There is also the possibility that we will split up and do both.
After the hunt we return to the lodge, where I’ll show you how to pluck, gut and prep your birds for the table, and give you some tips, tricks and ideas on how to use the whole bird, from beak to feet. I’ll be cooking Friday night’s dinner, and the menu will of course depend on what we bring home — but I can pretty much guarantee you’ll see some perfectly cooked duck breasts.
Saturday morning we’ll hunt again, and I will lead those who want to through what I call “Duck Cooking 2.0,” more advanced cooking techniques and tricks to making even doubters fans of wild waterfowl. Your alternative that afternoon is a “Cast and Blast” on beautiful Matagorda Bay. (There is an additional fee for the bay boat and fishing guide.)
Saturday I’ll be cooking again, and this time I plan on featuring some of my recipes from my waterfowl cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniqies for Cooking Waterfowl, Both Farmed and Wild. And if conditions cooperate — and you still have energy — you may just get the chance to go to a nearby ranch for a night hunt for feral hogs hunt after dinner.
Sunday morning we’ll do final waterfowl hunt, followed by a send-off lunch of more wild game and fish.
Now, the details. There are only 8 seats left. The cost for the weekend is $2250, which includes 3 hunts, meals, lodging, all the instruction, and a copy of my cookbook. Interested? Email me at scrbblr AT hotmal DOT com. Registration to come.