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Farmers Market in Spring

With Spring in full swing, it’s a great time to get to the farmers market and take advantage of a bounty of seasonal produce. At Parties That Cook we’re proud to be taking part in a number of events at our local farmers market, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the historic San Francisco Ferry Plaza.

CUESA Farmers Market

Tomorrow night marks the launch of our Spring Tantalizing Market Tapas class series. Each class will focus on fresh, spring ingredients like asparagus, broccoli rabe, fava beans, artichokes, and green garlic. You’ll learn how to use these ingredients in your everyday cooking and enjoy a hands-on lesson in making an assortment of tapas dishes. Menus change every week – tomorrow’s will include these mouth-watering specialties:

Crostini of Roasted Asparagus, Prosciutto and Teleme Cheese
Moroccan Bisteeya Baskets with Chicken, Raisins and Cinnamon
Shiitake-Scallion Potstickers with Sake Dipping Sauce
Petites Pissaladieres: Miniature Onion and Black Olive Tartlets
Grilled Lamb Skewers with Mint Pesto

At just $45 per person including a meal, two glasses of wine and the ambiance of the Ferry Building, these classes are a steal! Check dates and buy tickets online here.

Heading out for a bike ride on Saturday morning? Make a pit-stop at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market for a Blue Bottle coffee and take in a free cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Bibby Gignilliat at 11:00 am. Bibby will be showing how to make a divine Asparagus Breakfast Bread Pudding with Green Garlic and Cheddar … yum! Chat with the chef and enjoy samples. More info about the day’s festivities on CUESA’s website.

To locate your nearest farmers market or CSA, visit the Local Harvest site.

Fresh Fruit Pies Among the Bounty

We were reminded by a recent New York Times article that a bounty of summer produce has arrived here in the Bay Area. Most exciting this month will be the return of coveted cherries, blueberries, apricots and raspberries. We can’t think of anything more divine than a fresh fruit pie to properly celebrate summer’s return.

Fresh Fruit Pot PiesRecipe for Seasonal Fruit Potpies

We like to serve these individual pies warm with a scoop of homemade spice ice cream spiked with vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks and star anise. The perfect conclusion to a summer supper, these pies can also be found on our new Chef’s Table Summer Farmer’s Market menu.