Food Forward Presents: Sour Power!

9.7.17 – Harvest food, fight hunger, build community. How better to celebrate Food Forward’s third pillar than through food itself? Food Forward’s beloved Foodsteader series returns with two hands-on workshops slated for September and November.


We hope you’ll join us at the fabulous BLVD Kitchen to savor the last of summer.

In Sour Power: Quick Pickles & Shrubs on Sunday, September 24 at BLVD Kitchen, we’ll craft tangy fruit pickles and cocktail-ready drinking vinegars (shrubs) as a means of preserving surplus fruits.
In this hands-on class, Chef Michelle Lainez of Chef Michelle & Co. will guide you through shrub-making and pickling, encouraging you to experiment with spices and aromatics to customize each jar to your liking.

Cap off the afternoon with a bracing tonic of fresh shrub mixed with Ventura Spirits California Vodka — the only vodka in the world distilled from strawberries. Students will leave with a jar each of shrub, sweet pickles, and sour pickles, and the confidence to continue exploring each of these methods at home!

As an added bonus, Sour Power students will receive exclusive early access to register for the next workshop, featuring Fermentation on Wheel’s Tara Whitsitt, on November 19.

Space is highly limited and spots will sell out, so move quickly!


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About Food Forward:

Food Forward is a non-profit organization that presents a simple solution to hunger and food waste in our communities. Through a diverse network of backyard fruit trees, public orchards, 22 farmers markets, and the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, Food Forward recovers surplus produce and donates it 100% free of charge to people in need. Last year alone, Food Forward donated more than 15 million pounds of fresh fruits and veggies to over 300 hunger relief agency partners, reaching over 1.5 million people. Come help us harvest food, fight hunger, and build community by becoming a volunteer or produce donor!

About Michelle Lainez:
Chef Michelle Lainez is a private chef, caterer, culinary educator, and host of the “Conscious Dinner” series at Crafted Kitchen in DTLA. Recently, Michelle created and prepared the meal for Fermenting Change: A Dinner for the Microbiome with Slow Food Ventura County, and will host a workshop on masa at the 2017 Gourmandise Grain Conference. Click here to hear her conversation about “Conscious Cooking” in the July episode of the Sound Advice podcast!

About BLVD Kitchen:
There’s a reason why everyone gathers in the kitchen. It’s the beating heart of every home, and we hope that BLVD Kitchen becomes the heart of Sherman Oaks! Our commercial kitchen space is a place for cooks of all kinds. Explore the shop, try a sample, or roll up your sleeves and get cooking with one of our casual, hands-on cooking classes for adults and kids alike. The kitchen is also available to caterers, food entrepreneurs, bloggers, and other food pros for rentals as well as private events, filming, and pop-ups. Sign up for a class today!

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