July 13th - Descanso Gardens: Seasonal Jam - La Cañada
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

July 13th - Descanso Gardens: Seasonal Jam - La Cañada

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Join Elisa Callow, author of this year’s widely praised cookbook The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring and Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside, for Descanso Garden’s first cooking series at the newly renovated Boddy House. Featuring accessible recipes that will appeal to novice and experienced cook alike, The Urban Forageralso celebrates Elisa’s community by showcasing one of L.A.’s richest and most rapidly expanding cooking cultures. Food makers representing the area’s diverse food traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and treasured neighborhood food resources. The cookbook includes recipes from Sumi Chang of Europane fame, Minh Phan, of porridge + puffs, and brilliant home cooks Mario Rodriguez, Rumi Mahmood, and Jack Aghoian. Part cookbook, part guide to foraging the best food purveyors L.A. has to offer, The Urban Forageris a compelling bridge to the unfamiliar and demonstrates how new discoveries can become a part of everyone’s cooking repertoire. 

Elisa Callow will lead participants in the newly renovated Boddy House kitchen at Descanso for a deep dive into Seasonal Jam. Participants will make both stone-fruit and strawberry jam in celebration of one of foraging’s greatest delights: preserving the deliciousness of seasonal fruits.

All classes are hands-on and include a communal meal, group discussion, and cookbook purchasing and signing opportunities. Cost includes materials and recipes. Sign up coming soon. 

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July 20 - Descanso Gardens: Pasta Two Ways - La Cañada
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

July 20 - Descanso Gardens: Pasta Two Ways - La Cañada

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Join Elisa Callow, author of this year’s widely praised cookbook The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring and Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside, for Descanso Gardens’ first cooking series at the newly renovated Boddy House. Featuring accessible recipes that will appeal to novice and experienced cook alike, The Urban Forageralso celebrates Elisa’s community by showcasing one of L.A.’s richest and most rapidly expanding cooking cultures. Food makers representing the area’s diverse food traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and treasured neighborhood food resources. The cookbook includes recipes from Sumi Chang of Europane fame, Minh Phan, of porridge + puffs, and brilliant home cooks Mario Rodriguez, Rumi Mahmood, and Jack Aghoian. Part cookbook, part guide to foraging the best food purveyors L.A. has to offer, The Urban Forageris a compelling bridge to the unfamiliar and demonstrates how new discoveries can become a part of everyone’s cooking repertoire. 

On July 20th Elisa Callow will return with a class on Pasta Two Ways, cut and filled. As we are in high tomato season, and herbs are in abundance, the class will join Elisa in making a very, very fresh tomato sauce to go-with, featuring beautiful basil.

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September 12 - Say Cheese Bread & Toppings Party - Los Angeles
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

September 12 - Say Cheese Bread & Toppings Party - Los Angeles

Join author Elisa Callow, photographer Ann Cutting, and featured baker Masako Yatabe Thomsen for a celebratory Bread and Toppings party at one of L.A.’s great food emporiums—Say Cheese. Home crafted jams and marmalades and Say Cheese’s curated platters of charcuterie and seasonal cheeses along with sour dough breads will complement the book signing of The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside. Say Cheese and L.A. Bread Bakers  are highlighted along with many other specialty stores and markets from the eastside.

Masako and Elisa will share a hefty sampling The Urban Forager’s featured desserts baked with a variety of freshly milled whole grains. L.A. Bread Bakers members are invited to contribute to the party with your own baked delights.

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September 26th - Women in Food Conversation - Pasadena Central Library
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

September 26th - Women in Food Conversation - Pasadena Central Library

The Common Table: Stories of Community from The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside.

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and moderator Leslie Ito and many of the food makers and food suppliers highlighted in The Urban Forager whose commitment to carefully sourced and crafted food has led to a supportive and growing community of women in food.

The Urban Forager will be available for sale and signing by the author before and after the presentation. 

Post presentation, join Elisa and food makers in the Library patio for tastes and products highlighted in The Urban Forager cookbook.

Our panelists:

Leslie Ito, Executive Director of the  Armory Center for the Arts

Leslie Ito, Executive Director of the Armory Center for the Arts

Leah Ferrazani - Owner,  Semolina Artisanal Pasta

Leah Ferrazani - Owner, Semolina Artisanal Pasta

Mary Aghoian  with her husband Abraham. Mary’s journey to Pasadena originating in Syria is a story of resilience and honoring of culture through food and family.

Mary Aghoian with her husband Abraham. Mary’s journey to Pasadena originating in Syria is a story of resilience and honoring of culture through food and family.

Amelia McDonald -  Farmer & Purveyor at McDonald Urban Farm . Photo by Sally Kreuger Wyman.

Amelia McDonald - Farmer & Purveyor at McDonald Urban Farm. Photo by Sally Kreuger Wyman.

Masako Yatabe Thomsen -  Urban Forager Featured Chef & Baker.  Photo by Ann Cutting.

Masako Yatabe Thomsen - Urban Forager Featured Chef & Baker. Photo by Ann Cutting.

This program is free of charge and open to all. For participant bios, click here. See you soon!

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October 6th - Descanso Gardens - Deconstructing Salsas/Market Tour - La Cañada
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

October 6th - Descanso Gardens - Deconstructing Salsas/Market Tour - La Cañada

Join Elisa Callow, author of this year’s widely praised cookbook The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring and Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside, for Descanso Gardens’ first cooking series at the newly renovated Boddy House. Featuring accessible recipes that will appeal to novice and experienced cook alike, The Urban Forageralso celebrates Elisa’s community by showcasing one of L.A.’s richest and most rapidly expanding cooking cultures. Food makers representing the area’s diverse food traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and treasured neighborhood food resources. The cookbook includes recipes from Sumi Chang of Europane fame, Minh Phan, of porridge + puffs, and brilliant home cooks Mario Rodriguez, Rumi Mahmood, and Jack Aghoian. Part cookbook, part guide to foraging the best food purveyors L.A. has to offer, The Urban Forager is a compelling bridge to the unfamiliar and demonstrates how new discoveries can become a part of everyone’s cooking repertoire. 

Elisa will be joined by Mario Rodriguez, featured chef in The Urban Forager cookbook, for Deconstructing Salsa. Mario will demonstrate the remarkable variety of salsas, incorporating fresh and dried chiles and using the traditional comal pan. He will also share options for serving these versatile and iconic sauces.

All classes are hands-on and include a communal meal, group discussion, and cookbook purchasing and signing opportunities. Cost includes materials and recipes. Sign up coming soon. 

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November 2nd - Deconstructing the Asian Supermarket - Arcadia
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

November 2nd - Deconstructing the Asian Supermarket - Arcadia

  • 301 North Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, CA, 91007 United States (map)
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Deconstructing the Asian Supermarket with Elisa Callow, author of the critically acclaimed  The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside and Masako Yatabe Thomsen, a food maker profiled in the cookbook.  

For some, shopping at an Asian supermarket means entering a whole new world of culinary adventures and exploration—both exciting and daunting.  This class includes a field trip to Arcadia’s largest pan-Asian Food emporium, H Mart, where Masako and Elisa will tour the class through the market’s many delights. The market tour is followed by participatory cooking and experimenting with newly “foraged” ingredients. 

Class includes the cookbook: The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside and some basic ingredients. Class size is limited to 15. Registration link to be included.

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November 3 - Descanso Gardens: Seasonal Salads - La Cañada
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

November 3 - Descanso Gardens: Seasonal Salads - La Cañada

Join Elisa Callow, author of this year’s widely praised cookbook The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring and Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside, for Descanso Gardens’ first cooking series at the newly renovated Boddy House. Featuring accessible recipes that will appeal to novice and experienced cook alike, The Urban Forageralso celebrates Elisa’s community by showcasing one of L.A.’s richest and most rapidly expanding cooking cultures. Food makers representing the area’s diverse food traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and treasured neighborhood food resources. The cookbook includes recipes from Sumi Chang of Europane fame, Minh Phan, of porridge + puffs, and brilliant home cooks Mario Rodriguez, Rumi Mahmood, and Jack Aghoian. Part cookbook, part guide to foraging the best food purveyors L.A. has to offer, The Urban Forageris a compelling bridge to the unfamiliar and demonstrates how new discoveries can become a part of everyone’s cooking repertoire. 

On November 3rd Join Elisa for the final class of the year, Seasonal Salads. A refreshing look at the myriad forms of salad—fresh, marinated, and pickled—designed to bring out the best of hardy winter greens such as cabbage, kale, and lettuces. And class members will be encouraged to develop their own salads, based on our exploration of flavor profiles.

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June 23rd - Book Signing - Hollywood
Jun
23
11:30 AM11:30

June 23rd - Book Signing - Hollywood

At Ivar and Selma (crossroads of the Market) 

Come say hello to Elisa and Ann! Check out this critically acclaimed and comprehensive guide to our food makers, recipes, and food sources. The cookbook, The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside will be available for sale and signing by the author, Elisa Callow and photographer, Ann Cutting. 

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June 23rd - Market Tour & Food Photography Workshop - Hollywood, CA
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

June 23rd - Market Tour & Food Photography Workshop - Hollywood, CA

Class meets at the market’s information booth on Ivar and Selma.

Hello budding urban foragers! Join author Elisa Callow and photographer Ann Cutting of the newly released cookbook, The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside for a deep dive into Los Angeles’ most comprehensive farmers market. Elisa along with the market’s manager, Maegen Rzasa-Cleary, will introduce class participants to some of the fantastic food purveyors at the market culminating in a food photography workshop led by Urban Forager photographer Ann Cutting.

Described by many, including my foodie friends, as the best farmers’ market in Los Angeles, this is certainly the most extensive, with more than 160 farmers, producers, and food stalls. I often see chefs rushing by with large boxes of greens; many stop to chat with one another. Be prepared to walk slowly, carry a big bag, and take a friend. This experience moves us well beyond an errand; it is a form of communion with excellence.

FYI: 

  •  Class is free of charge, but limited to 20 so sign up here asap as classes fill up quickly. 

  •  Be sure to bring a smart phone (in other words a phone with a camera). All levels of photographic experience are welcome!

  • Class participants will purchase their own “subject matter” (veggies, fruits, etc. from the market) for the shoot and for enjoying later. All are welcomed to bring props within reason although these will be provided. 

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May 14 - Ojai Festival Benefit: A Spring Day To Savor - Ojai
May
14
10:00 AM10:00

May 14 - Ojai Festival Benefit: A Spring Day To Savor - Ojai

Join Elisa Callow, cookbook author and longtime Ojai Music Festival patron and past Board member, for a fun day of cooking and conversation about food!

Elisa, along with chef Masako Yatabe Thomsen and photographer Ann Cutting, will share tales and techniques of culinary foraging followed by a hands-on salad making class. You will create delicious salads while learning about new flavor pairings using surprising ingredients and local produce. The day will end with a communal alfresco lunch featuring the delicious creations made by our chefs and you!

Each participant will receive a signed copy of Elisa’s cookbook The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside.

All proceeds benefit the Ojai Music Festival and BRAVO Education and Outreach Programs.

Register by May 1 here.

Photographer Ann Cutting, left, and Elisa Callow, right.

Photographer Ann Cutting, left, and Elisa Callow, right.

Chef Masako Yatabe Thomsen

Chef Masako Yatabe Thomsen

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April 14 - Cooking Demonstration & Conversation with Val Zavala - L.A. Times Festival of Books - USC
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

April 14 - Cooking Demonstration & Conversation with Val Zavala - L.A. Times Festival of Books - USC

Free event, ticket required. Event details and tickets available here

The Urban Forager in conversation with Val Zavala at the LA Times Festival of Books

Find us at the Main Cooking Stage on Sunday, April 14th 11:00 a.m. for a demo on the homey crepe in all of its foraged variations – turmeric, sweet delight featuring home made marmalades, with compound butters, and as an elegant rescue for all of our refrigerator’s end of the week bits and pieces. Val and I will introduce the demo with a discussion of the Eastside’s growing food heritages through the lens of demographic changes and our community’s growing awareness and appreciation of all things edible.

Photo of crespelles by Ann Cutting

Photo of crespelles by Ann Cutting

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Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

April 13 - Marz Bazaar, Snacks, Sips, and Signing - South Pasadena

Snacks, Sips, and Signing at one of South Pasadena’s iconic boutiques Marz Bazaar, along with a pop-up ceramics sale from Urban Forager photographer Ann Cutting.

Snacks will include Sumi Chang of Europane’s lemon bar bites, nut cookies, almond angel cookies, lavash crackers, hummus, and more, plus bubbly.

Elisa Callow, Author and Ann Cutting, Photographer

Photo of Ann Cutting’s ceramics by Ann Cutting.

Photo of Ann Cutting’s ceramics by Ann Cutting.

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April 13 - Lincoln Café Book Signing- Pasadena
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

April 13 - Lincoln Café Book Signing- Pasadena

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and photographer Ann Cutting for a tasty book signing! The Urban Forager: Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures: the eastside of Los Angeles. Food makers representing the eastside’s diverse traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources. Cecilia Leung of Lincoln Café will be adding to the café’s menu with savory and sweet treats from The Urban Forager. Yum!

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Christine Moore and Cecilia Leung of Lincoln Café

Christine Moore and Cecilia Leung of Lincoln Café

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March 30 - Cellar Door Bookstore Book Signing - Riverside
Mar
30
5:00 PM17:00

March 30 - Cellar Door Bookstore Book Signing - Riverside

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and Mario Rodriguez, exceptional home cook and co- food foraging obsessive, for a conversation about food, palate, surprising ingredients, and the creation of the cookbook, The Urban Forager: Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside. This event will take place at Cellar Door Bookstore. The Urban Forager showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures: the eastside of Los Angeles. Food makers—including Mario—who represent the eastside’s diverse traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources.

For more details click here.

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March 26 - Chevalier Books Book Signing- Los Angeles
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

March 26 - Chevalier Books Book Signing- Los Angeles

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and Minh Phan, chef at porridge + puffs, L.A.’s newest and beloved café in the heart of Historic Filipino Town, for a conversation about food, palate, surprising ingredients, and the creation of the cookbook, The Urban Forager: Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside. This event will take place at Chevalier Books. The Urban Forager showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures: the eastside of Los Angeles. Food makers—including Minh—who represent the eastside’s diverse traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources.

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March 18 - Glendale Library Book Signing - Glendale
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

March 18 - Glendale Library Book Signing - Glendale

Join us at the Glendale Central Library. More information available here.

Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow, and featured chef Mario Rodriguez, for a joyful discussion of various forms of foraging, through seasons, cultures, and family stories. Elisa and Mario will share a generous helping of tastes from the cookbook. 

For full details visit the library website.

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March 16 - Altadena Library Book Signing - Altadena
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

March 16 - Altadena Library Book Signing - Altadena

Join cookbook author and teacher Elisa Callow at the Altadena Library for a fun and informative conversation about the food, food makers, and specialty shops of our beloved eastside. The Urban Forager: Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures. Food makers representing the this area’s diverse traditions share treasured personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources.

For full information click here.

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March 12 - Vroman's Book Signing- Pasadena
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

March 12 - Vroman's Book Signing- Pasadena

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and the chefs (From left: Minh Phan, Jack Agohian, Masako Yatabe Thomsen, Rumi Mahmood, Mario Rodriguez) who are the heart and soul of The Urban Forager: Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside at Vroman’s Bookstore. The Urban Forager showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures: the eastside of Los Angeles. Food makers representing the eastside’s diverse traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources. Moderated by our own community treasure Val Zavala, the event will feature food and family stories, food tips, and tasty bites from the pages of the cookbook.

For full details click here.

Val Zavala

Val Zavala

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March 9 - Pacific Food & Beverage Museum Book Signing & Talk - San Pedro
Mar
9
2:00 PM14:00

March 9 - Pacific Food & Beverage Museum Book Signing & Talk - San Pedro

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and featured chef Jack Aghoian for a conversation about, palate, tips for foraging within our vast food communities, and surprising ingredients. The Urban Forager, Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures: the eastside of Los Angeles. Food makers representing the eastside’s diverse traditions share beloved yet accessible recipes ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources all designed to appeal to the novice and experienced cooks. Tastes and treats from the cookbook will be shared.

The Pacific Food & Beverage Museum showcases the work of those who have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation's cuisine and illustrates the rich culinary traditions of California, the American West, Pacific Rim, and beyond. 

Full information & RSVP available here.


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March 4 - Now Serving Book Signing- Los Angeles
Mar
4
7:30 PM19:30

March 4 - Now Serving Book Signing- Los Angeles

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and Minh Phan, chef at porridge + puffs, L.A.’s newest and most beloved café in the heart of Historic Filipino Town, for a conversation about food, palate, surprising ingredients, and the creation of The Urban Forager: Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside. The Urban Forager showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures: the eastside of Los Angeles. Food makers representing the eastside’s diverse traditions share beloved yet accessible recipes designed to appeal to the novice and experienced cook, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources. Now Serving is L.A.’s only bookstore devoted to cookbooks and offers a curated selection of chef’s tools: an ideal setting for a conversation about cookbooks and cooking!

Full information available here.

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March 2 - Omnivore Books Book Signing- San Francisco
Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

March 2 - Omnivore Books Book Signing- San Francisco

Join cookbook author Elisa Callow and photographer Ann Cutting for shared stories from The Urban Forager: Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside at Omnivore Books. The Urban Forager showcases one of California’s richest and most rapidly expanding culinary cultures: the eastside of Los Angeles. Food makers representing the eastside’s diverse traditions share beloved personal recipes, ingredients, innovations, and neighborhood resources.

For full details click here.

 
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March 2 - San Francisco CUESA - Demonstration and Book Signing
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

March 2 - San Francisco CUESA - Demonstration and Book Signing

Urban Foraging 101. Elisa Callow author and Ann Cutting, photographer of The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring and Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside share tales and techniques of culinary foraging: historic, cultural, and seasonal that highlight innovative ways to use and find ingredients, the common, the overlooked, and the surprising. Tastes from the cookbook featuring “flavor cousins” and eastside chef’s contributions conclude with a cookbook signing. For full details click here.

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to educate urban consumers about sustainable agriculture and to create links between urban dwellers and local farmers through farmer’s markets, education programs, and community investment. 

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