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 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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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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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 14 - Cooking Demonstration - L.A. Times Festival of Books - USC
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

April 14 - Cooking Demonstration - L.A. Times Festival of Books - USC

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

Join Urban Forager Elisa Callow and KCET’s Val Zavala for a discussion of The Urban Forager: Cooking & Creating on L.A.’s Eastside, at Southern California’s favorite Festival of Books. To make this event even more special, Elisa will have a cooking demonstration. Details TBA.

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April 17 - Truffle Brothers - Los Angeles
Apr
17
11:00 AM11:00

April 17 - Truffle Brothers - Los Angeles

Join author Elisa Callow, photographer Ann Cutting, cookbook chefs Mario Rodriguez and Masako Yatabe Thomsen for a celebratory Bread and Toppings party at L.A.’s gem of Italian gastronomy, The Truffle Brothers. Generous bites of home-baked breads courtesy of L.A. Bread Bakers members, Elisa, Masako, and Mario, tastings of home crafted jams and marmalades, and the T.B.’s curated platters of antipasti will complement the book signing of The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside that highlights the Truffle Brothers, L.A. Bread Bakers, along with many other specialty stores and markets from the eastside.

Truffle Brothers Michael and Marco Pietroiacovo.

Truffle Brothers Michael and Marco Pietroiacovo.

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

July 13th - Descanso Gardens: Seasonal Jam - 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 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

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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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 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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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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