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Bi-Rite Events


May 2014

Gluten-Free Pasta Primer

May 4 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesGluten-Free Pasta Primer
with Viola Buitoni

{A 4-hour introductory course to homemade gluten-free pasta, culminating in a dinner served with wine.}
Sunday, May 4, 4:00-8:00pm
Tickets: $75 for members, $85 for the general public


Making gluten-free pasta from scratch is fun. And it is easier than you may think.

During this pasta primer, we will make both cut and filled pastas using gluten-free flour. Viola will demonstrate two methods: by machine and by hand. Viola will discuss the regional traditions of pairing pasta with sauce, and will lead the class through the preparation of four different doughs and the appropriate accompaniments for each.

The class will conclude with dinner, wine and conversation.


MENU

Tagliatelle all’uovo con ragù
(handmade egg tagliatelle with meat ragù)

Tortelli di magro al burro e salvia
(fresh chard and ricotta tortelli with butter and sage)

Farfalle piccanti agli asparagi
(handmade bow ties with spicy asparagus cream)

Pappardelle ai carciofi e merluzzo
(fresh pappardelle with cod and artichoke sauce)



About Viola
Viola Buitoni, a direct descendant of the famed pasta and chocolate family, hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. She came to the US in 1985 for a business degree, but soon after graduation found herself drawn back into the genetic passion for food. In New York City she started Buitoni & Garretti, a catering kitchen and Italian fine foods shop. Here in San Francisco Viola can be found giving lectures on Italian food traditions and trends and cooking classes in collaboration with the SF Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate. She also teaches "The Italian Kitchen", a monthly workshop at the Cavallo Point Lodge Cooking School; and an ongoing series of food articles and cooking videos for MissionLocal.org, a UC Berkeley's School of Journalism blog based in San Francisco's Mission District where Viola lives.
 

Tortilla Traditions

May 5 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesTortilla Traditions
Monday, May 5, 6:30-9:00pm
Tickets: $50 for members, $60 for the general public

Learn to shape corn tortillas by hand from fresh masa and enjoy a Honduran feast with master tortilla maker Lolita Casazza.

During this 2.5-hour workshop, you will also learn about the history of corn in Mesoamerica, the health benefits of the traditional foods eaten with tortillas, and the cultural role of women in the history of corn. We will make tortillas by hand and with the more modern tortilla press before enjoying a traditional, vegan meal.


About Lolita
Lolita Casazza was born in Honduras and graduated from the National University of Pedagogy in Tegucigalpa, with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. Her life has taken her around the world, and during these travels her affinity to her teaching profession prompted her to mentor young high school girls in international food preparation and foreign cultures. She believes that food can be a point to connect with people, even in the most faraway places around the world.

Lolita now calls San Francisco her home and keeps herself busy volunteering on Sundays at the Free Farm Stand and coordinating the school garden program for Slow Food San Francisco.
 

SOLD OUT - Basic Knife Skills

May 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesBasic Knife Skills
Tuesday, May 6, 6:00-8:15pm
Tickets: $35 for 18 Reasons members; $45 for the general public
{This class includes our Knife Skills manual as well as our 30-page Cooking Fundamentals booklet and a coupon for 20% off an 18 Reasons class of your choosing. The vegetables cut in this class will be used to create our favorite Vietnamese Salad; beer and bread will also be served.}


Join 18 Reasons instructor John Lee for a class in the basics of using your chef's knife at home. We will discuss the ins and outs of knife use, care and safety. You will walk away knowing how to maintain a sharp edge and the best way to cut vegetables and herbs. This is a great class for beginners.


About the instructor
John Lee is a man about Bi-Rite. Previously an Assistant Store Manager for four years, these days you might see him pouring the latest staff favorite from Jura or breaking down half a pig- John has become a regular 18 Reasons instructor. When he is not hosting 18th Hour Cafe- he is cooking private events all over San Francisco and plotting the opening his own wine & beer shop.
 

SOLD OUT - Urban Gardening School

May 7 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Second Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total.
Where: 18 Reasons (3674 18th St.) and Garden for the Environment (7th Ave and Lawton St.)
Cost:$475 (Monthly payment plans are available.)



Growing food is a powerful act and a personal joy; the benefits to both the gardener and their community are innumerable. Most basically and importantly, growing food feeds people. Whatever your reasons for wanting to, edible gardening in urban spaces takes skills and knowledge, especially in San Francisco.

Anyone, with any amount of space, can grow food. Whether you want to start a small herb garden on your fire escape or build raised beds in your backyard, we will teach you how to get the most food possible out of your space.

In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden work days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will first learn about garden planning and soil vitality; soon after, you will understand how to pick varieties and plant them; lastly, you will develop the skills needed to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. This way, we will be by your side during the entirety of your first growing season.


Format
Classes meet twice per month on the second Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment.


Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes. Dates are:

January 8+11
February 5+8
March 5+8
April 9 +12
May 7+10
June 11+14

Times of classes
Wednesdays at 18 Reasons: 6:30-9PM
Saturdays at Garden for the Environment: 10AM-2PM
In the event of rain, garden days may be canceled.

Cost
The cost for the 12-part series is $450. We are happy to set up monthly payment plans for any interested student. If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Michelle at 18 Reasons: michelle@18reasons.org by December 15, 2013.

Gardening equipment
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.

Textbook
We will be using Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce frequently throughout the course. There are copies at the library and in many local bookshops and online stores.
Readings from other sources will be available online or given as handouts.
 

18th Hour

May 8 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

closed for private event

May 9 from 6:00pm to 12:00am
 

Urban Gardening School

May 10 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Second Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total.
Where: 18 Reasons (3674 18th St.) and Garden for the Environment (7th Ave and Lawton St.)
Tickets: $475 (Monthly payment plans are available.)



Growing food is a powerful act and a personal joy; the benefits to both the gardener and their community are innumerable. Most basically and importantly, growing food feeds people. Whatever your reasons for wanting to, edible gardening in urban spaces takes skills and knowledge, especially in San Francisco.

Anyone, with any amount of space, can grow food. Whether you want to start a small herb garden on your fire escape or build raised beds in your backyard, we will teach you how to get the most food possible out of your space.

In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden work days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will first learn about garden planning and soil vitality; soon after, you will understand how to pick varieties and plant them; lastly, you will develop the skills needed to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. This way, we will be by your side during the entirety of your first growing season.


Format
Classes meet twice per month on the second Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment.


Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes. Dates are:

January 8+11
February 5+8
March 5+8
April 9 +12
May 7+10
June 11+14

Times of classes
Wednesdays at 18 Reasons: 6:30-9PM
Saturdays at Garden for the Environment: 10AM-2PM
In the event of rain, garden days may be canceled.

Cost
The cost for the 12-part series is $450. We are happy to set up monthly payment plans for any interested student. If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Michelle at 18 Reasons:
michelle@18reasons.org by December 15, 2013.

Gardening equipment
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.

Textbook
We will be using Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce frequently throughout the course. There are copies at the library and in many local bookshops and online stores.
Readings from other sources will be available online or given as handouts.
 

closed for private event

May 10 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
 

closed for private event

May 10 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm
 

SOLD OUT - Burrata by Hand

May 12 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesBurrata by Hand
{A hands-on cheesemaking course; each participant leaves with his/her freshly made cheese. Includes a cheese tasting of top burrata alongside an array of snacks.}
Monday, May 12, 6:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $55 for 18 Reasons members; $65 for the general public

The most exciting cheese on the cheese board needs little explanation: burrata is fresh mozzarella filled with luscious cream and more cheese. You get to make your own in one short night. And eat it too!

In this action-packed evening class, you will learn the basics of cheesemaking, including which milk to use, where to find cultures, and options for rennet and what makes a soft-ripened cheese variety unique in terms of the make process. You will also leave with a deeper understanding of the science behind the process - The San Francisco Milk Maid is an absolute well of information and inspiration!


About the Instructor
Louella Hill, aka The San Francisco Milk Maid, first encountered cheesemaking while on a sheep farm in Tuscany over a decade ago. There she realized she could be part of the process all the way from sunlight to dinner plate. She never turned back. She's trained in Europe and the US though now works mainly with a 5-gallon pot in her own kitchen. Her forthcoming book on home cheesemaking, Kitchen Creamery, is due out by Chronicle Books this year.
Visit her at
www.sfmilkmaid.com/
 

FARM SCHOOL 2014

May 14 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
FARM SCHOOL 2014
Tickets: $500
Monthly payment plans are available.
Class size capped at 20.


18 Reasons and the Bi-Rite Farm are delighted to offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty during this ten session immersion course, running May through September 2014.

Farm School is geared for adults who want to learn about the life, economics, and labor of small scale organic farming. The course includes five lectures at 18 Reasons and five farming days at the Bi-Rite Farm, with additional excursions to surrounding farms and gardens. The Wednesday lectures will take you through the logistics and business of starting a rural or urban farm; the Saturday farm sessions will put you on-site digging, planting, weeding and harvesting - hands-on, experiential learning.

While this is not a comprehensive, collegiate-level course, the 18 Reasons Farm School is perfect for folks who are interested in growing food and who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the politics and practicalities of small scale organic farming in the Bay Area.


INSTRUCTORS
Simon Richards, Bi-Rite Market's farmer and head produce buyer will co-lead the farming days with Janine Gee, our coordinator and gardening educator. Guest lectures include Andy Griffin from Mariquita Farm, Darryl Wong from Freewheelin Farm, educators from Sonoma Garden Park, and more.

PRICE
$500

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Michelle at
michelle@18reasons.org


DATES, TIMES, LOCATION
To qualify you must be able to attend all ten sessions.

Wednesday lectures are 6:30-9:00pm at 18 Reasons.
Saturday farm days are 8:00am-3:00pm at Bi-Rite Farm (carpools will be organized during the first meeting).


Wednesday, May 14
Saturday, May 17

Wednesday, June 18
Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, July 16
Saturday, July 19

Wednesday, August 20
Saturday, August 23

Wednesday, September 17
Saturday, September 20


TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD
18 Reasons will help organize carpooling logistics but will not offer transportation to Sonoma. Students are responsible for their own food and water.

This promises to be a extremely fun and in-depth introduction to farming!
 

18th Hour

May 15 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

Flavors of Andalucia

May 16 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesFlavors of Andalucia
{A three hour hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with Spanish wine.}
Friday, May 16, 6:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $55 for 18 Reasons members, $65 for the general public


Camila Loew is passionate about traditional and contemporary uses of regional Spanish foods and the culture they stem from. In this three hour hands-on cooking class, she will focus on the cuisine of Andalucia in spring.

MENU

Ajoblanco (the original gazpacho)
Patatas Bravas
Crispy Chickpeas with Onion and Alioli
Fava Beans with Ham
Oranges with Olive Oil and Honey
Alfajores


About Camila

Sixteen years ago, I fell in love with Spain. I was on a two-month journey during a hiatus before graduate school, and little did I know that two months would eventually turn into fifteen years. I fell in love with the Spanish lifestyle: the busy, sun-filled cities with streets full of people chatting away day and night, the small villages with their plazas, fresh markets, narrow streets and long siestas, the ancient Gothic churches nestled in winding pedestrian roads. And especially the food, oh the food, completely in tune with the way of life. Lunchtime stretched out for hours, through course after course of olive.oil drenched, fresh, colorful, seasonal goodness. In the evenings, tapas crawls were a must, bar hopping with a glass of red wine and something to nibble on so as to line one’s stomach. Always eat more than you drink, and you’ll never get too drunk, were the wise words a tabernero from Extremadura once offered me as a welcome. And during that trip, of course, I also fell in love with a Spaniard. We met in Madrid, the city where lunch is at 3pm and dinner is at midnight. A few months later we both moved to Barcelona, so we could be close to the Mediterranean, eat fresh seafood and vegetables year-round. A few year later, a Ph.D. in Humanities as well as culinary training allowed me to teach American students abroad about Spanish literature, culture and, yes, food!

I recently relocated to the Bay Area and am heeding my own students’ advice, bringing a taste of the Spanish way of life through food to Americans. I am happy to teach you my favorite recipes and cooking techniques from all the regions of Spain, and, hopefully, make your kitchen a bit Spanish, too. The name of my newly founded company, Sobremesa, implies what I love most about Spanish food culture: its social aspect. A meal is not a meal unless friends and family are at the table.

When I am not teaching, you can find me riding my bike with my madrileño husband and two Catalan kids around Berkeley, from farmers’ market to farmer’s market.
 

closed for private event

May 17 from 5:00pm to 11:30pm
 

Food Lit Book Club: April - June

May 18 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesFood Lit Book Club: April-June
Tickets (access to all three meetings): $30


It is time for the next three-month installment of our popular Food Lit Book Club! All meetings are from11:00am-1:00pm, at 18 Reasons.

Upcoming Dates & Corresponding Titles

Sunday, April 27
Nonfiction: Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr (2013)

Sunday, May 18
Memoir: Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm by David M. Masumoto (1996)

Sunday, June 22
Wildcard: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat ed by Caroline M. Grant and Lisa Catherine Harper

How it Works

By signing up you commit to reading the book of the month and attending the club meeting for all three months. At the end of three months you can continue on in the group or choose to give up your spot to a new member.

Heather Knape is our fearless moderator and she sends discussion topics/questions to members before each monthly meeting.

The club tends to organize some sort of rotating snack duty or potluck system (there are no snacks or beverages provided by 18 Reasons).


Heather Knape has been leading 18 Reasons' Food Lit book club since its inception in 2010. She is a freelance editor, writer and photographer who lives in San Francisco. Heather blogs about growing, cooking and eating food with her family, in addition to reading books, at Eating Dirt.
 

Bernal Cutlery Knife Sharpening in front of Bi-Rite Market

May 18 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market 18th StreetCome get your knives sharpened! More info here:

biritemarket.com/events.....rite/
 

Teach a Community to Fish - SOLD OUT

May 20 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Our semi-annual fundraiser dinner. SOLD OUT.
 

Dinner: Greens, Grains & Fruit

May 21 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesDinner: Greens, Grains & Fruit
{A three-course vegetarian dinner, served with wine.}
Wednesday, May 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Tickets: $20 for members, $25 for the general public


Join 18 Reasons and artist Carol Koffel for an evening meal designed to explore the unique connections formed through a shared meal and to celebrate the tastes, textures and colors of a late spring harvest.

Greens, Grains & Fruit celebrates taste, aesthetics and labor through ritual composition of a meal from an array of local, seasonal ingredients. Guests will flavor individual courses from a pallet of prepared foods arranged around Carol's large, hand-thrown ceramic bowls, each filled with a main ingredient of greens, grains or fruits.


Carol Koffel is a ceramic artist and industrial designer. She makes metaphoric and utilitarian vessels in clay to explore beauty as a human nutrient. The vessels arrayed in delicate scaffolding or held in one’s hand, bridge theoretical notions of art, craft and design. Offered in precarious arrangements, intimate settings and community spaces, they create sensate and spatial fields to initiate kinesthetic retuning of mind and body alignment through activation of space and the viewer’s body.


 

18th Hour

May 22 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

Hey Honey tasting

May 24 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesCome try Hey Honey!'s Artisanal Lemonades 100% Sweetened with California Wildcrafted Honey!
 

18th Hour

May 29 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

closed for private event

May 31 from 2:30pm to 9:30pm
 
June 2014

closed for private event

June 3 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
 

18th Hour

June 5 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

Urban Gardening School

June 7 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
 

Urban Gardening School

June 11 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Second Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total.
Where: 18 Reasons (3674 18th St.) and Garden for the Environment (7th Ave and Lawton St.)
Cost:$475 (Monthly payment plans are available.)



Growing food is a powerful act and a personal joy; the benefits to both the gardener and their community are innumerable. Most basically and importantly, growing food feeds people. Whatever your reasons for wanting to, edible gardening in urban spaces takes skills and knowledge, especially in San Francisco.

Anyone, with any amount of space, can grow food. Whether you want to start a small herb garden on your fire escape or build raised beds in your backyard, we will teach you how to get the most food possible out of your space.

In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden work days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will first learn about garden planning and soil vitality; soon after, you will understand how to pick varieties and plant them; lastly, you will develop the skills needed to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. This way, we will be by your side during the entirety of your first growing season.


Format
Classes meet twice per month on the second Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment.


Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes. Dates are:

January 8+11
February 5+8
March 5+8
April 9 +12
May 7+10
June 11+14

Times of classes
Wednesdays at 18 Reasons: 6:30-9PM
Saturdays at Garden for the Environment: 10AM-2PM
In the event of rain, garden days may be canceled.

Cost
The cost for the 12-part series is $450. We are happy to set up monthly payment plans for any interested student. If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Michelle at 18 Reasons: michelle@18reasons.org by December 15, 2013.

Gardening equipment
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.

Textbook
We will be using Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce frequently throughout the course. There are copies at the library and in many local bookshops and online stores.
Readings from other sources will be available online or given as handouts.
 

18th Hour

June 12 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

Urban Gardening School

June 14 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
What: A workshop- and lecture-based Introduction to the fundamentals of growing edibles in urban spaces.
When: Second Wednesdays and Saturdays, January-June: 12 sessions total.
Where: 18 Reasons (3674 18th St.) and Garden for the Environment (7th Ave and Lawton St.)
Cost:$475 (Monthly payment plans are available.)



Growing food is a powerful act and a personal joy; the benefits to both the gardener and their community are innumerable. Most basically and importantly, growing food feeds people. Whatever your reasons for wanting to, edible gardening in urban spaces takes skills and knowledge, especially in San Francisco.

Anyone, with any amount of space, can grow food. Whether you want to start a small herb garden on your fire escape or build raised beds in your backyard, we will teach you how to get the most food possible out of your space.

In this 12-part class you will develop these skills and start building a reservoir of information. The classes and garden work days are scheduled to mirror the actual planting season: you will first learn about garden planning and soil vitality; soon after, you will understand how to pick varieties and plant them; lastly, you will develop the skills needed to harvest and set your garden up for the next round of production. This way, we will be by your side during the entirety of your first growing season.


Format
Classes meet twice per month on the second Wednesday and Saturday of each month. Wednesday classes are lectures at 18 Reasons and Saturdays are gardening days at Garden for the Environment.


Attendance + Dates
We expect participants to attend all 12 classes. Dates are:

January 8+11
February 5+8
March 5+8
April 9 +12
May 7+10
June 11+14

Times of classes
Wednesdays at 18 Reasons: 6:30-9PM
Saturdays at Garden for the Environment: 10AM-2PM
In the event of rain, garden days may be canceled.

Cost
The cost for the 12-part series is $450. We are happy to set up monthly payment plans for any interested student. If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Michelle at 18 Reasons: michelle@18reasons.org by December 15, 2013.

Gardening equipment
GFE supplies all garden-based equipment for the Saturday classes. Participants are responsible for their own gardening clothing: gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat.

Textbook
We will be using Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce frequently throughout the course. There are copies at the library and in many local bookshops and online stores.
Readings from other sources will be available online or given as handouts.
 

Bernal Cutlery Knife Sharpening in front of Bi-Rite Market

June 15 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market 18th StreetCome get your knives sharpened! More info here:

biritemarket.com/events.....rite/
 

SOLD OUT - Burrata by Hand

June 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesBurrata by Hand
{A hands-on cheesemaking course; each participant leaves with his/her freshly made cheese. Includes a cheese tasting of top burrata alongside an array of snacks.}
Tuesday, June 17, 6:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $55 for 18 Reasons members; $65 for the general public

The most exciting cheese on the cheese board needs little explanation: burrata is fresh mozzarella filled with luscious cream and more cheese. You get to make your own in one short night. And eat it too!

In this action-packed evening class, you will learn the basics of cheesemaking, including which milk to use, where to find cultures, and options for rennet and what makes a soft-ripened cheese variety unique in terms of the make process. You will also leave with a deeper understanding of the science behind the process - The San Francisco Milk Maid is an absolute well of information and inspiration!


About the Instructor
Louella Hill, aka The San Francisco Milk Maid, first encountered cheesemaking while on a sheep farm in Tuscany over a decade ago. There she realized she could be part of the process all the way from sunlight to dinner plate. She never turned back. She's trained in Europe and the US though now works mainly with a 5-gallon pot in her own kitchen. Her forthcoming book on home cheesemaking, Kitchen Creamery, is due out by Chronicle Books this year.
Visit her at
www.sfmilkmaid.com/
 

FARM SCHOOL 2014

June 18 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
FARM SCHOOL 2014
Tickets: $500
Monthly payment plans are available.
Class size capped at 20.


18 Reasons and the Bi-Rite Farm are delighted to offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty during this ten session immersion course, running May through September 2014.

Farm School is geared for adults who want to learn about the life, economics, and labor of small scale organic farming. The course includes five lectures at 18 Reasons and five farming days at the Bi-Rite Farm, with additional excursions to surrounding farms and gardens. The Wednesday lectures will take you through the logistics and business of starting a rural or urban farm; the Saturday farm sessions will put you on-site digging, planting, weeding and harvesting - hands-on, experiential learning.

While this is not a comprehensive, collegiate-level course, the 18 Reasons Farm School is perfect for folks who are interested in growing food and who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the politics and practicalities of small scale organic farming in the Bay Area.


INSTRUCTORS
Simon Richards, Bi-Rite Market's farmer and head produce buyer will co-lead the farming days with Janine Gee, our coordinator and gardening educator. Guest lectures include Andy Griffin from Mariquita Farm, Darryl Wong from Freewheelin Farm, educators from Sonoma Garden Park, and more.

PRICE
$500

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Michelle at
michelle@18reasons.org


DATES, TIMES, LOCATION
To qualify you must be able to attend all ten sessions.

Wednesday lectures are 6:30-9:00pm at 18 Reasons.
Saturday farm days are 8:00am-3:00pm at Bi-Rite Farm (carpools will be organized during the first meeting).


Wednesday, May 14
Saturday, May 17

Wednesday, June 18
Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, July 16
Saturday, July 19

Wednesday, August 20
Saturday, August 23

Wednesday, September 17
Saturday, September 20


TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD
18 Reasons will help organize carpooling logistics but will not offer transportation to Sonoma. Students are responsible for their own food and water.

This promises to be a extremely fun and in-depth introduction to farming!
 

18th Hour

June 19 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

FARM SCHOOL 2014

June 21 from 8:00am to 3:00pm
FARM SCHOOL 2014
Tickets: $500
Monthly payment plans are available.
Class size capped at 20.


18 Reasons and the Bi-Rite Farm are delighted to offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty during this ten session immersion course, running May through September 2014.

Farm School is geared for adults who want to learn about the life, economics, and labor of small scale organic farming. The course includes five lectures at 18 Reasons and five farming days at the Bi-Rite Farm, with additional excursions to surrounding farms and gardens. The Wednesday lectures will take you through the logistics and business of starting a rural or urban farm; the Saturday farm sessions will put you on-site digging, planting, weeding and harvesting - hands-on, experiential learning.

While this is not a comprehensive, collegiate-level course, the 18 Reasons Farm School is perfect for folks who are interested in growing food and who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the politics and practicalities of small scale organic farming in the Bay Area.


INSTRUCTORS
Simon Richards, Bi-Rite Market's farmer and head produce buyer will co-lead the farming days with Janine Gee, our coordinator and gardening educator. Guest lectures include Andy Griffin from Mariquita Farm, Darryl Wong from Freewheelin Farm, educators from Sonoma Garden Park, and more.

PRICE
$500

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Michelle at
michelle@18reasons.org


DATES, TIMES, LOCATION
To qualify you must be able to attend all ten sessions.

Wednesday lectures are 6:30-9:00pm at 18 Reasons.
Saturday farm days are 8:00am-3:00pm at Bi-Rite Farm (carpools will be organized during the first meeting).


Wednesday, May 14
Saturday, May 17

Wednesday, June 18
Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, July 16
Saturday, July 19

Wednesday, August 20
Saturday, August 23

Wednesday, September 17
Saturday, September 20


TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD
18 Reasons will help organize carpooling logistics but will not offer transportation to Sonoma. Students are responsible for their own food and water.

This promises to be a extremely fun and in-depth introduction to farming!
 

Food Lit Club: April-June

June 22 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
18 Reasons, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, United StatesFood Lit Book Club: April-June
Tickets (access to all three meetings): $30


It is time for the next three-month installment of our popular Food Lit Book Club! All meetings are from11:00am-1:00pm, at 18 Reasons.

Upcoming Dates & Corresponding Titles

Sunday, April 27
Nonfiction: Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr (2013)

Sunday, May 18
Memoir: Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm by David M. Masumoto (1996)

Sunday, June 22
Wildcard: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat ed by Caroline M. Grant and Lisa Catherine Harper

How it Works

By signing up you commit to reading the book of the month and attending the club meeting for all three months. At the end of three months you can continue on in the group or choose to give up your spot to a new member.

Heather Knape is our fearless moderator and she sends discussion topics/questions to members before each monthly meeting.

The club tends to organize some sort of rotating snack duty or potluck system (there are no snacks or beverages provided by 18 Reasons).


Heather Knape has been leading 18 Reasons' Food Lit book club since its inception in 2010. She is a freelance editor, writer and photographer who lives in San Francisco. Heather blogs about growing, cooking and eating food with her family, in addition to reading books, at Eating Dirt.
 

18th Hour

June 26 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 
July 2014

18th Hour

July 3 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

18th Hour

July 10 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

Urban Gardening School - MAKE UP DAY!

July 12 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
 

FARM SCHOOL 2014

July 16 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
FARM SCHOOL 2014
Tickets: $500
Monthly payment plans are available.
Class size capped at 20.


18 Reasons and the Bi-Rite Farm are delighted to offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty during this ten session immersion course, running May through September 2014.

Farm School is geared for adults who want to learn about the life, economics, and labor of small scale organic farming. The course includes five lectures at 18 Reasons and five farming days at the Bi-Rite Farm, with additional excursions to surrounding farms and gardens. The Wednesday lectures will take you through the logistics and business of starting a rural or urban farm; the Saturday farm sessions will put you on-site digging, planting, weeding and harvesting - hands-on, experiential learning.

While this is not a comprehensive, collegiate-level course, the 18 Reasons Farm School is perfect for folks who are interested in growing food and who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the politics and practicalities of small scale organic farming in the Bay Area.


INSTRUCTORS
Simon Richards, Bi-Rite Market's farmer and head produce buyer will co-lead the farming days with Janine Gee, our coordinator and gardening educator. Guest lectures include Andy Griffin from Mariquita Farm, Darryl Wong from Freewheelin Farm, educators from Sonoma Garden Park, and more.

PRICE
$500

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Michelle at
michelle@18reasons.org


DATES, TIMES, LOCATION
To qualify you must be able to attend all ten sessions.

Wednesday lectures are 6:30-9:00pm at 18 Reasons.
Saturday farm days are 8:00am-3:00pm at Bi-Rite Farm (carpools will be organized during the first meeting).


Wednesday, May 14
Saturday, May 17

Wednesday, June 18
Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, July 16
Saturday, July 19

Wednesday, August 20
Saturday, August 23

Wednesday, September 17
Saturday, September 20


TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD
18 Reasons will help organize carpooling logistics but will not offer transportation to Sonoma. Students are responsible for their own food and water.

This promises to be a extremely fun and in-depth introduction to farming!
 

18th Hour

July 17 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

FARM SCHOOL 2014

July 19 from 8:00am to 3:00pm
FARM SCHOOL 2014
Tickets: $500
Monthly payment plans are available.
Class size capped at 20.


18 Reasons and the Bi-Rite Farm are delighted to offer the opportunity to get your hands dirty during this ten session immersion course, running May through September 2014.

Farm School is geared for adults who want to learn about the life, economics, and labor of small scale organic farming. The course includes five lectures at 18 Reasons and five farming days at the Bi-Rite Farm, with additional excursions to surrounding farms and gardens. The Wednesday lectures will take you through the logistics and business of starting a rural or urban farm; the Saturday farm sessions will put you on-site digging, planting, weeding and harvesting - hands-on, experiential learning.

While this is not a comprehensive, collegiate-level course, the 18 Reasons Farm School is perfect for folks who are interested in growing food and who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the politics and practicalities of small scale organic farming in the Bay Area.


INSTRUCTORS
Simon Richards, Bi-Rite Market's farmer and head produce buyer will co-lead the farming days with Janine Gee, our coordinator and gardening educator. Guest lectures include Andy Griffin from Mariquita Farm, Darryl Wong from Freewheelin Farm, educators from Sonoma Garden Park, and more.

PRICE
$500

If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Michelle at
michelle@18reasons.org


DATES, TIMES, LOCATION
To qualify you must be able to attend all ten sessions.

Wednesday lectures are 6:30-9:00pm at 18 Reasons.
Saturday farm days are 8:00am-3:00pm at Bi-Rite Farm (carpools will be organized during the first meeting).


Wednesday, May 14
Saturday, May 17

Wednesday, June 18
Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, July 16
Saturday, July 19

Wednesday, August 20
Saturday, August 23

Wednesday, September 17
Saturday, September 20


TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD
18 Reasons will help organize carpooling logistics but will not offer transportation to Sonoma. Students are responsible for their own food and water.

This promises to be a extremely fun and in-depth introduction to farming!
 

Bernal Cutlery Knife Sharpening in front of Bi-Rite Market

July 20 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Bi-Rite Market 18th StreetCome get your knives sharpened! More info here:

biritemarket.com/events.....rite/
 

18th Hour

July 24 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

18th Hour

July 31 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
18 Reasons18th Hour
Drop-in and join us!
Every Thursday, 6:00-9:00PM


Every Thursday we open our doors to bring you delicious food and drink. 18th Hour Café offers a changing weekly menu of craft beer, amazing wine, cheese, charcuterie and Tartine bread; prices range from $3-$20. The café features a curated schedule of art exhibits, a growing cookbook library, and music.

The goal of 18th Hour is twofold: to create a great space in the Mission for people to enjoy, and to support 18 Reasons public programming and community collaborations. Proceeds from 18th Hour support our youth programming and volunteer work.

 

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