Hey, Bay Area jammers! Join Punk Domestics and Blue Chair Fruit for a Bay Area food swap, plus the chance to show off what you’ve got and meet other local preservation geeks. Hey, Bay Area jammers!
On Friday July 15, we’ll be gathering at the Blue Chair Fruit kitchens to sample each other’s wares and chat preservation with local amateurs and professionals alike. Best of all, the event will culminate in a DIY food exchange, but with a catch: It’s a free-market exchange. Want that bottle of limoncello? It might cost you three jars of blueberry jam. Or vice versa. You negotiate the value between each other. It all comes down to what the market bears.
Come on down — the party starts at 6pm. You’ll want to arrive right on time so you get a chance to try everything. All manner of preserved food is welcome: jams and jellies, liqueurs, charcuterie, homemade cheese, pickles, or anything else you’ve spent time preserving!
Please bring as much of your favorite preserved item(s) as you want to trade (including serving utensils), plus enough to share with other guests. Gotta get ’em hooked with a free sample first, of course.
*The BCF kitchen’s entrance is on 47th St. and there should be ample street parking. Alternately, we’re a short walk from MacArthur BART!*
Everything’s starting to come together for Rachel’s cookbook tour. Last night, we had our book launch party at our kitchens with about 100 of our closest friends and biggest supporters!
There were jammy snacks, jammy cocktails, and even some jazzy music jams (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Thanks again to everyone who helped us celebrate this tremendous achievement! It feels so good to be supported by such a fun, creative, dynamic community, and we really hope the new cookbook makes you happy and fills your life with delicious preserves.
If you’d like to see more pictures from last night’s event, and see pictures from upcoming events, please check out our Facebook page. And, if you couldn’t make it last night but want to know when Rachel’s coming to a bookstore near you, don’t forget to look at our Where to Find Us page.
Many thanks to Grace Street Catering for the beautiful space, and for helping us entertain our guests! We’re still dreaming about those little jammy snacks…
Further thanks to the lovely Sara Remington for coming by to help us celebrate. It wouldn’t have been a true cookbook celebration without you, and The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook would definitely not be the same without your gorgeous photography!
And on that note, it’s time for us to get ready for all of our San Francisco Bay Area events this week! Please do come by, say hello, get your cookbook signed. Can’t wait to see you!
The Blue Chair Fruit Team
Wow! We woke up a little more excited than usual this morning — our first book tour event is NEXT WEEK. It seems like time is just flying by, and something tells us it’s only going to get faster.
We’re looking forward to a fabulous lineup of events centered around Rachel and the cookbook. It’s a jam-packed (ha!) whirlwind of a tour, and here’s a list of our San Francisco Bay Area events:
- Sept. 22, 7:30 pm, Booksmith: 1644 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
- Sept. 23, 7-9 pm, 18 Reasons: 593 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
- Sept. 24, 5-9 pm, Maison d’Etre: 5640 College Avenue, Oakland, CA
- Sept. 25, 10 am-1pm, The Gardener: Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
- Sept. 25, 3 pm, Omnivore Books: 3885 Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA 94131
- Sept. 26, Time TBD, Rockridge Out & About Festival: College Avenue, Berkeley, CA
We’ve also got some great events planned in Seattle, and quite a few stops on the East Coast! For more information, please check out our Where to Find Us page.
These events are the perfect way to hear the backstory on TBCJC, meet Rachel in person, get your book signed, and, of course, support your favorite local independent bookstore. If you don’t have a copy of the cookbook yet, it can be purchased here, or at the event of your choice.
Here’s to exciting jam and cookbook talks!