Desserts class at Let's Get Cookin' Thurs. August 2nd 6:30 pm

Sign up for my summer dessert class at Let’s Get Cookin’ in Westlake Village. The class will focus on using seasonal summer fruits (and chocolate) with both demo and hands-on. Hope to see my LA-based foodie friends there! Go to www.letsgetcookin.com to register. Spots are going fast so don’t delay!

Listen to me talking seasonal fruits on Chef Jamie’s radio show, KFWB-AM in LA

Click on http://www.chefjamie.com/this-weeks-show and then navigate to Podcasts and click on June 10, 2012 to hear me talking about the pleasures of using fresh seasonal fruits in both sweet and savory ways, among other things. Fire up the grill and caramelize some fresh apricots, peaches, or plums and then serve them as an accompaniment to grilled chicken, duck or pork. On the sweet side, you can turn the grilled fruit into a wonderful garnish over high quality storebought ice cream, drizzle the whole thing with some real maple syrup, a sprinkling of lime zest and some chopped pistachios, and there you have it—-a great simple seasonal dessert that almost makes itself.

Watch this space for upcoming events!

There are some exciting classes, demos, appearances and events in the works for the coming months! Keep an eye out for them! See you soon!

Battle of the Bakers at Royal T/Culver City–Sat., May 19

As part of the Tea Lovers Festival at Royal T, 8910 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, I will be battling it out in a competition against master pastry chef Kristy Choo of Jin Patisserie, faced with creating tea-infused desserts in three separate challenges. 4:00 – 6:00 pm. For more information go to Info@TeaLoversFestival.com.
It should be delicious fun! Hope you can be there!!!!

UPDATE: I am pleased and honored to announce that I was named the winner of the Battle of the Bakers. My winning desserts were: A verrine of matcha mousse (tea from www.matchasource.com) layered with fresh rhubarb compote and a buttery blond streusel; Lemon curd tarts flavored with jasmine tea and lemongrass, topped with a fluffy Italian meringue and tuile spiral cookie; Chocolate torte flavored with lapsang souchong tea, served with tea ganache and a tea cream and topped with shards of toasted sesame brittle. (Jasmine and lapsang souchong teas were courtesy of www.birdpicktea.com.)
Thanks to all who cheered me on and also to those who assisted me.

Listen to my interview on Good Food radio show

Listen to my recent appearance on “Good Food” at KCRW 89.9 FM. Strawberries are in season and it’s time to celebrate with a creamy fragrant Strawberry Gratin. Listen here:

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Stay tuned here and check my site frequently for upcoming events, appearances, classes and news!

Cooking with Tea at San Francisco Tea Festival Saturday, February 25th

I am pleased to participate in the first annual San Francisco International Tea Festival on Saturday, February 25, from 10 am-5 pm at the Ferry Building. I will be doing a cooking class using locally grown selected from the morning’s farmer’s market. The class is free and open to the public and takes place in the market’s outdoor kitchen space at 11:45 am. At the end of the class (samples of what I cook will be offered to attendees), signed copies of my book Cooking with Tea will be available for sale by Book Passage (www.bookpassage.com), the wonderful bookstore at the Ferry Market.

Admission to the tea festival is $20. per person (go to www.sfinternationalteafestival.com to pre-register), and upon entering, attendees will get a take-home porcelain cup for sampling teas at the show. In the afternoon, on the show floor, I will be sampling out a green tea Japanese noodle dish using Ito-En’s sencha and then showing how to prepare a tea flavored chocolate mousse. Lectures and demos about tea brewing, sourcing and cooking with tea are all included in the admission fee. Hope to see you there! Come to say hello!

Watch this space for upcoming Dessert Architect events!

Planning lots of exciting things for 2012; stay tuned and in touch with all of my classes, special appearances and other events. Details to be announced.

Upcoming Cooking with Tea class: Saturday, October 22

I will be offering a class at Siptea, a charming spot for tea at 1627 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 22, from 5:30 to 7 pm, where I will be teaching how to prepare four dishes using tea….tasting and a take home swag bag with a packet of recipes and packages of each of the teas used in the dishes are all included. Register at info@siptea.biz.

Limited space. Reserve soon!  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Farm to table dinner at Weiser Farms, Tehachapi, Sat Sep 24

A group of chefs and fans of Alex Weiser’s wonderful farm-fresh produce grown in Tehachapi will be preparing a dinner to be served at the farm (two hours north of LA) on Saturday, September 24th; I will be making the dessert. It will be a locavore’s dream event with each course drawn from locally grown and produced ingredients such as ostrich, pork, beef, Weiser’s shelled beans, heirloom apples and locally harvested mulberries.  Chef Ray Garcia from Fig in Santa Monica and others will be cooking at the hootenanny/family style dinner. Reserve now at anthony@tasteoftehachapi.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, to benefit children with cancer. Look forward to seeing you there!