Grilled Cheese Pop Up Berkeley (Friday Night)

Come make your OOOOHHHH face like these previous cheese fans from last month.

Due to our special Chaos Cooking event going down Saturday night, we will only be serving in Berkeley on this Friday (2/21).  Spots are still available for the Saturday night event though!

See you Friday from 7-close at Fred’s Deli & Market on Telegraph and Dwight!

PS – Tickets on sale FRIDAY for BTC @ SEA!  Our first underground dinner on a boat in SF!

A Vote a Day keeps the Annoying Post Blasts Away!

Intuit is at it again with another small business contest.   I’m not going to push this one too hard b/c we are in the works of a mini mini crowdfunding campaign that is coming out shortly in preparation for the Grilled Cheese Invitational’s Final Act.

Still, if you can save and bookmark and set a daily Outlook reminder to vote for us daily at Intuit you can help us win $5,000 buckaroos in marketing mula.  Definitely could help us get the word out and spread our cheesy love all over the brie area!

Link to vote: https://sblb.intuit.com/ca/GrilledCheezGuy/2838

GCG for Intuit

Thanks in advance!

GCG

Hungry Games 2014: Save the Date

The biggest day of my cheesy life is coming.  The final Grilled Cheese Invitational comes to L.A for the last time on April 12th, 2014.  We will be putting on the biggest goodbye fanfare show since that basketball player slapped Justin Bieber in a Starbucks (which the net says isn’t true).

So mark your calendars.  Save the date.  Get ready for new sandwiches.  New T-shirts.  New logos.  New cheesiness from all of us here at GrilledCheezGuy.

Going? Let us know so we can hook u up with a T-shirt and samples during the event!

 

HungryGames

Fist Of Flour Gone Brick N Mortar (and Tastier)

For all of those still not in the loop, our fellow food vendor Fist of Flour has got his own spot now in the Laurel District of Oakland.  I was fortunate enough to get to scarf down a few pies during Friends and Family night and I have to admit the pizza tastes even better to me.  Seems more East coast then before.  Definitely worth a visit and as always….tell him the GrilledCheezGuy sent ya!

Press Release

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Where: 4166 MacArthur Blvd. at Maybelle, East Oakland.
When: January 15, 2014 5 PM Grand Opening
Fist of Flour is celebrating the Grand Opening of its Doughjo!
Fist of Flour’s first brick and mortar location opens its doors to the public on Wednesday,
January 15, 2014 at 5 PM.
Now, fans of Fist of Flour’s mobile pizza trailer can find their favorite gourmet, thin crust
pizzas in two sizes in one location every Wednesday through Sunday from 5 PM to 9 PM.
The “Initial Pizza Offering (IPO) menu” and phone number will be released on Wednesday,
January 15 at 4 PM on www.fistofflour.com, Facebook and Twitter. There will be 15” large
and 20” extra large pies in several combinations, with prices ranging from $14 to $32, as
well as a “build your own” list of ingredients for customized pizzas. Several varieties of
salads and sodas round out the menu.
The Doughjo will have counter tops to stand at for a quick slice, and take away service
only, no delivery.
Fist of Flour Pizza Company has been in operation since 2010 as a local mobile woodfired
oven catering company. It specializes in gourmet thin crust pizzas made with mostly
organic, pesticide free, locally-sourced ingredients. Pizzas made at the Doughjo will be
created from scratch and baked in traditional gas-fired ovens for the same great pizza
taste Fist of Flour’s fans know and love.
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Fist of Flour Pizza Debuts its first Doughjo
For immediate release
January 13, 2014
Contact
Media inquiries: James Whitehead, Owner
james@wheresthefist.com or 510-717-1609
www.fistofflour.com
Facebook: Fist-of-Flour-Pizza-Company
Twitter: @fistofflour

A special thanks to him for hooking us up with the people behind Cheesemonger Invitational 2014.   One cheese brotha helping out anotha!

The Future of Food is Here!

Dish by Matt Burger

Dish by Matt Burger

Ladies and Gentlemen!  Foodie Folk of all kinds! One of my favorite foodie trends of 2013 was the low tech of high tech!

The next gen of cooking you have been waiting for is already here!  It’s right below your nose and right inside your kitchen.  We just didn’t know it.

Turns out those robots you have been using for one thing (Dishwasher, Coffee Maker, and now…..Hair Dryer) haven’t been telling you the whole truth.  It appears their off label use is also cooking (It’s just kitchen brands don’t sell things like Glaxosmithkline and friends).  These secret settings have actually been known by special moms, cooks, and crazy people throughout history, but it takes the internet for everyone to find out.

Now that you know them, the sky is the limit!

Someone already cooking in the kitchen? Heat that pizza in the bathroom while freshening up for a night on the town!

About to start a load of dishes?  Make a mason jar meal so that the dishwasher is the only thing empty at the end of that cycle.

Ready for your morning cup-o-joe? Well stuff some other shitty shmo in there after to complete that breakfast of champions.

As much as I mock these new tools of the trade, I admit that the brick technology I have bestowed on all who have had one of our sandwiches comes from this same lineage.  It was my grandmother escaping the Natzi’s and whatnots who learned about this secondary use for bricks and brought it to our country.  Like my dishwasher, I never knew what powers that brick sitting in our pantry really possessed until she passed them onto me.   And I you.  And you to every perfect grilled cheese sandwich you make.

Remember, no soap and poach and soups and hair dyers don’t mix!

Happy New Year,

GCHEEZG – as the plates say.

 

Articles referenced:

NPR – Hair Dryer Cooking: From S’mores To Crispy Duck

NPR – Coffee Maker Cooking

NPR – Dishwasher Cooking: Make Your Dinner While Cleaning The Plates

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to one and all!  I am pretty confident to say that 2014 is going to bring some more perm places to come and eat with us which we are really looking forward to.

We hope to start doing weekends at SOMA Street Food Park, Friday/Sat nights in Berkeley, and hopefully window vending with Kitchener Oakland before you know it.

In the meantime, always check out the Events 2014 page to see where we will be as well as other great food-filled events that I personally recommend.

 

Definitely get tickets to Cheesemonger Invitational at Public Works and go support or try a new restaurant in Oakland during Oakland Restaurant Week!  Hope to see your smiling faces!

 

Lastly, the gears are in motion for an evening of dining underground so stay tuned with messages about that coming in Feb!

 

In the meantime, here is all the cheese news you can use:

Grilled cheese restaurant coming to Pennsylvania AvenueWashington Post (blog)

Grilled cheese by day, wine and cheese by night: These are the plans for GCDC, a new cheese-themed restaurant coming in early February to 1730 
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The Grilled Cheese You Need (PHOTOS)Huffington Post

My solution: grilled cheese. This is not a novel concept, and it’s certainly been done before (actually a lot lately), but sometimes the smallest things in 
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Sometimes Grilled Cheese has an expiration dateRum Bunter

Oct 6, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39) celebrates after game three of the National League divisional series 
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Food of the Day: ‘The Dirty’ Grilled Cheese at the Melt ShopThe Daily Meal

What dreams are made of, Melt Shop is the place to indulge in America’s ultimate comfort food:grilled cheese. Melt Shop is not just in the business of 
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Living History Farms to host Grilled Cheese FestDesMoinesRegister.com

One of those events includes the 2014 Grilled Cheese Fest. It’s a new event that will bring together local chefs and amateurs to compete for the “Big 
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Food Trucks: Garlic, Lobster and Grilled CheesePatch.com

The Grilled Cheese Truck: If you can name a way to melt cheese on bread, they’ve probably done it. Sandwiches include the Buffalo Chicken Melt 
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What We’re Into: Cozi, grilled cheese reunions, ‘The Returned’Lincoln Journal Star

Each week, Journal Star staffers will share what we’re listening to, reading, eating, watching, wearing or otherwise generally loving right now. These are real 
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More Than Grilled Cheese at Roxy’s Brick-and-MortarEater National

The Roxy’s Grilled Cheese food truck is on track to open its upcoming Allston brick-and-mortar location in late January, reports Boston.com’s 
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Cheesy Express Opens 2nd San Diego Location — Gourmet Grilled DigitalJournal.com

Yes, I am talking about a grilled cheese sandwich restaurant here in San Diego’s playground, Mission Beach,” said Jason Daung of Cheesy Express.
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Grilled cheese specialist Tom & Chee coming to Central OhioBusiness First of Columbus

Tom & Chee specializes in grilled cheese and soup. The menu includes 28 sandwiches ranging from basic bread and cheese combinations to fancier 
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Dijon Brussels Sprout Grilled Cheese – A Cozy KitchenAdrianna Adarme

A life full of grilled cheeses is a good life. If you can enjoy a grilled cheese and some tomato soup, I’m pretty sure it means you know how to chillax.
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French Onion Soup with Sage-Gruyere Sourdough Grilled Cheese

You’re a family of movie buffs, and your annual Oscar party is widely recognized as the neighborhood party of the year. So, why not light the fireplace, 
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Creamy Tomato Soup & Loaded Grilled Cheese — Confident Cook Hindy Garfinkel

This grilled cheese was never just standard white bread and American cheese. It was always filled with surprises. Some days it would be tomato and 
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Melt: 100 Amazing Adventures in Grilled Cheese by Shane Kearns durhamfoodie

Grilled cheese: one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Warm, melty, and delicious, it’s just what the doctor ordered on a bad day or when you’re in a 
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Ham & Pineapple Grilled Cheese | Recipes For Our Daily BreadDiane Roark

If you want a great tasting grilled cheese sandwich, try this Ham & Pineapple Grilled Cheese. It is so YUMMY!!
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Melt Bar & Grilled | Another Food CriticAnother Food Critic

The grilled cheese I heard the most about was the “Monte Cristo,” and what an unbelievable thing it is. This one has ham and turkey with Swiss and American 
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Lamb Tepanade Grilled Cheese – Mattawa Mumsarah

The other day I made a delicious Stuffed Tepanade Roast Lamb, and had a LOT left over, so I decided to make a tepanade lamb grilled cheese!
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‘Fontina Grilled Cheese‘ redeems Panera BreadVictorville Daily Press

The bread on our sandwich was toasted a little too much on one side and the flavors  FontinaGrilled Cheese — “Vermont white cheddar, fontina, reduced-fat 
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Sharon Thompson: Grilled cheese, tomato soup restaurant opens in Lexington Herald Leader

No matter how empty the fridge and pantry, you can usually come up with a meal of canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. A new restaurant in 
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This Restaurant Only Does Grilled Cheese, and It’s Awesome [VIDEO]Huffington Post

Tucked in between a Salvadorian restaurant and a government parking lot in Santa Ana,CA rests theGrilled Cheese Spot — a small eatery that solely serves 
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What We’re Into: Grilled cheese reunions, ‘Goldfinch’Lincoln Journal Star

Grilled cheese family reunions. This is my family’s latest “theme” for gatherings. It started out in honor of our only living aunt, who always ordersgrilled cheese 
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291 Venice Sample Sale; Trashy Gourmet Opens to Offer Grilled Patch.com

The new shop The Trashy Gourmet opens Saturday at 19th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk on Muscle Beach, giving away a “doughwich” [grilled cheese on a 
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Cooking school: Sweet potato soup and grilled cheeseMyFox Detroit

Cooking school: Sweet potato soup and grilled cheese  Edge Cuisine joined Fox 2 to make sweet potato soup and a mini gruyere grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Mini-Bites of Apple Butter Grilled Cheese Sandwiches | RecipestupidDOPE.com

grilled-cheese sandwich is a classic. It can be eaten at any time of the day with almost any kind of side. This simple meal can be whipped up in a second so 
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Cheesie’s Pub and Grub Expands to Wicker Park, Adds ‘Whiskey DNAinfo

WICKER PARK — A sandwich that’s been called the “most life-changing grilled cheese in America” by Esquire magazine is coming to Wicker Park — but with a 
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School menus Dec. 9-13Southeast Missourian

FRIDAY–Cheese pizza crunchers with sauce, green peas or cherry tomatoes or baby  TUESDAY–Grilled cheese sandwich, broccoli & rice casserole, apples.
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Grilled leeks with herbed cheese gratinBelfast Telegraph

Cut the green part from the leeks and slice. Wash well and cook in the butter until soft. Place in a baking dish. Cut the white of the leeks in half through the root 
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First Look at Grilled Cheese Shop and Wine Bar GCDC – Young Jessica Sidman

A new restaurant focused on cheese is preparing to open in mid-February, just a couple blocks from the White House. By day, GCDC will be a fast casual lunch 
Young & Hungry
86 Tomatoes, For Now | Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheesejames

86 Tomatoes, For Now. December 11th, 2013. Winter is my least favorite time of year. I have to wear a jacket. It gets dark at 4pm. And tomatoes really suck.
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Apple Butter Grilled Cheese: Little Bites of Fall – Food FanaticEmily Caruso

Yummy apple butter grilled cheese bites. Emily proves you can never go wrong with grilled cheese!
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Meatless Monday: Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions Lauren Miyashiro

Explore food and cooking on Devour – a Cooking Channel blog, including easy recipes, how to’s and cooking techniques, global cuisines, food news, cocktail 
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Grilled Cheese – The Family Dinner by Laurie DavidKirstin Uhrenholdt

Grilled Cheese. December 06, 2013 |; by Kirstin Uhrenholdt. grilledcheese. There is no reason why you shouldn’t have lunch for dinner (or breakfast, for that 
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Pizza, Grilled Cheese and Nurseries: November’s Top 5 StoriesPatch.com

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Coming to Gambrills – Another restaurant that is getting people excited.Grilled Cheese and Co. is moving in soon near Firehouse Subs.
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Easy dinner recipes: Three sandwiches for grilled cheese loversLos Angeles Times

Could it possibly get any better than grilled cheese? I don’t think so. And while it’s hard to beat the perfection that is ooey-gooey melted cheese between two 
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Grilled Cheese Warms Tornado VolunteersCIproud.com

The on-the-go restaurant gave away free grilled cheese sandwiches to victims, volunteers and anyone passing by. The company thought free meals could help 
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8 Ways to Better Your Grilled CheeseThe Daily Meal

When it comes to comfort food, grilled cheese definitely meets the description. As it gets colder, a late night run to Cheesie’s doesn’t seem so great. Don’t worry 
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Best Bite: Snikiddy All Natural Grilled Cheese PuffsSTLtoday.com

A play on persnickety, the brand says be Snikiddy about your snacks. We are fans of the Grilled Cheese Puffs and Mac n’ Cheese Puffs. They are all-natural (or 
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Healthy Sliders, Maine Lobster and Grilled Cheese Food TrucksPatch.com

Some choices have included the vegetarian Zeenee Panini (mozzarella, tomato, pesto and balsamic aioli on mini grilled sourdough) and the Greek God (beef, 
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Montclair Chef Wins Premiere Episode of ‘Cook Your Ass Off’Patch.com

As the winner of the first round of the competition, Duarte got to choose one of three “twist” ingredients her opponents had to use in the grilled-cheese round.
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The Grilled Cheeserie celebrates 3rd birthday, December 8Nashville.com

The Grilled Cheeserie, Nashville’s gourmet grilled cheese food truck, will celebrate its third birthday with a party, owners Crystal De Luna-Bogan and Joseph 
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Dish List: The MeltNew University Online

The inside décor is simple and clean: white walls with typography displaying phrases such as “Grilled Cheese Happiness” and “We Believe in Wholesome Food.
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Little-Known Food Facts RevealedScoopSanDiego.com

(Family Features) What can a camel teach you about grilled cheese? Camels like the Sahara desert because it is dry. Grilled cheese sandwiches also like a hot 
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Leftover Sweet Potato Casserole, Brie and Bacon Grilled Cheese Jessica

How trashy can we get? That is the question. Very trashy is the answer. Who puts potatoes in theirgrilled cheese sandwich? Well, me.
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Baby Daddy & Rob Ford | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

Hey congratulations, you’ve almost made it through the work week! Thanks to everyone who came by this week for a warm lunch on a these cold days. Today is 
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Lucy, You’ve Got Some Splainin To Do! | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

Tuna mixed with fresh dill, onions, celery, black pepper and just enough mayo on multi-grain with Havarti cheese. Why does Havarti always capitalize on spell 
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Meatloaf Monday | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

No better time to come down to Mom’s for a warm Meatloaf Grilled Cheese or a piping hot cup of Mom’s homemade chili. Don’t forget, we deliver now too.
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Jackson 3 Day | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

It’s a classic from when Mom’s first opened, an original menu item that has stood the test of time….and also named after Mom’s nephew. It’s a triple threat with 
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Jam Hands: Green Bean Casserole Grilled CheeseAli @ JamHands.net

For all the folks out there who love green bean casserole, this sandwich is for you. Take your favorite recipe for green bean casserole and transform it into a 
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Tis the Season…for Grilled Cheese? | New York Street Foodadmin

It’s that time of year, where holiday season kicks into high gear. In front of the Random House building this morning were two iconic figures from our.
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Oh Angie! | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

The Hot Angie now is neck-in-next with the meatloaf Grilled Cheese as Mom’s #1 selling lunch item. Oh she’s hot, with cappicolla, spicy red aioli, mozzarella, 
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Top 5 Places for a Killer Grilled Cheese in Montreal – The MainDahlia Snaiderman

We’ve done some snooping around the Montreal food scene to bring you 5 options of the best place to order grilled cheese. Whether you lean towards classic or 
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Grilled cheese on a whole new level – GoErie BlogsJennie Geisler

Grilled cheese on a whole new level. how to feed Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook,” by 
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Gearing back up the Grilled Cheese Machine.

Wedding Catering....

Wedding Catering….

 

You must know by know that my silence here means chaos and work elsewhere.  This gap has been no exception.  Catering has just gotten bigger and badder and cheesier and I am happy about that.  Our books are pretty much closed for the 2013 season.  If you have seen us recently you have also even seen we have gone sans brick.  Gasp!  Times are changin….

Although there won’t be that much major news left here in 2013, next year is already looking like the year of the cheese.  From a major Cheesemonger event coming to the Brie Area from NYC to the possibility of television time as we find out if I get a chance at Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, many foodie things are happening behind the scenes.  Also stay tuned for some news about a possible Pop-Up for the Philippines as well as the return to BTC dinners in Jan/Feb 2014 with a new way to share some stories.  I also hope to give it one more college try with the ole crowdfunding and see if we can get our cart on the streets to make this the team and myself’s full time passion!  That will take a lot from you cheesy fans so keep an ear out for the word!  I always try and keep you posted via Facebook and Twitter and our Events 2013 page.  I hope 2014 might truly bring me the time to get more writing of my own on this page.  Until then, enjoy seeing some of my foodie R&D via Berkeleyside NOSH & SF Station now!  It is fun to be writing and eating for two different sources in the bay area.  It has definitely been the place to be watching so many new chefs, restaurants, trends, and food movements take place all around here.  Hard to keep up and always leaves you hungry for more.

Enjoy some grilled cheese news from around the Nation and Happy Holidays to all!
Sincerely,

GrilledCheezGuy

Recipe: Grilled Cheese With Bacon, Apples And Blue CheeseNY1

Today’s recipe is for a fall-inspired grilled cheese sandwich with bacon, apples and blue cheese, served that with a side of broccoli steamed in a little apple cider 
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Upside-Down Grilled CheeseThe Daily Meal

The way to make a grilled cheese sandwich better is, arguably, with more cheese. Beg to differ? Bite into this cheesy, pan-toasted glory and you’ll reconsider.
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Pears transform grilled cheeseColumbus Dispatch

But what if the pears and cheese go into a grilled sandwich? If you can’t find pepper jelly, experiment with another preserve (such as apricot or fig) for a bit of 
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How To Make A Surprisingly Delicious Grilled Cheese French Toast Business Insider

Titled “The High Road Vanilla Melt,” the dish consists of vanilla Fleur de Sel-flavored ice cream between two cinnamon french toast grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Cheap Eats: Beat the winter chill with chower & grilled cheese at Supa!OregonLive.com

The chow: A half-dozen soups ($3.95/cup, $4.95/bowl) and eight “melties” (grilled cheese on Pearl Bakery bread, $5.95–$7.95). The soups change daily, but the 
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Come, Eat the Free Grilled CheeseBwog

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Gen. Clark stumps for vets, grilled cheeseOCRegister (subscription)

For his next act, he’ll be conquering grilled cheese Cheesy Mac and Rib from The Grilled Cheese Truck includes macaroni and cheese with barbecue pork, 
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Triumph Grill Combines Meatlessness, Motorcycles and a Mean Riverfront Times (blog)

Overview: Triumph Grill is a classic new American restaurant that serves, among other cuisines, Asian, Italian and Southern dishes. While this restaurant 
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Little-Known Food Facts RevealedDigitalJournal.com

Camels like the Sahara desert because it is dry. Grilled cheese sandwiches also like a hot and dry environment — the pan. Put the butter or oil on the outside of 
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Bread. Cheese. Heat.Marshalltown Times Republican (blog)

But, even at the height of my laziest cooking, I can still master the culinary art of making a grilled cheese sandwich. But everybody can make one of those, right?
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How To Make A Grilled Cheese Ice Cream Sandwich – Business Aly Weisman

How To Make A Surprisingly Delicious Grilled Cheese French Toast Ice Cream  ice cream between two cinnamon french toast grilled cheese sandwiches.
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The Queens Kickshaw’s Grilled Cheese, Our Cheap Eat of the DayLaura Shunk

Grilled cheese sandwiches from The Queens Kickshaw (40-17 Broadway, Queens, 718-777-0913), $8-$10 A comfort food staple is endlessly reimagined at…
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Recipe: Grilled Cheese With Bacon, Apples And Blue Cheese – NY1

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What is more comforting than the quintessential grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of homemade tomato soup? These are just a couple of the delicious items 
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Bacon-Topped Grilled Cheese Recipe | Taste of Home

This robust revision of an all-American lunch classic gets heartiness from bacon and extra flavor from onion, sour cream and oregano.—Nita Crosby, St. George, 
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Vancouver Foodie Tours Stops By Mom’s | Mom’s Grilled Cheese cindyh

Great lunch crowd today and the weather sure helped too! As soon as we lifted up our doors, the good folks at Vancouver Foodie Tours stopped by with a group 
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Mom’s Now Delivers!! | Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truckcindyh

Yes it’s true, Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck now delivers, to the immediate area within the few blocks of our usual location. If you are within the 
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Delta Tau Delta To Table This Week for Grilled Cheese Soirée « My kroos

Delta Tau Delta To Table This Week for Grilled Cheese Soirée  to sell tickets for their philanthropic event, the Grilled Cheese Soirée, on Friday, November 15.
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Persimmon Grilled Cheese w/ Goat Cheddar & ProsciuttoAlison Needham

Persimmon Grilled Cheese Each autumn I struggle with what exactly to do with all of those persimmons that inevitably come in my produce box. You see, I don’t 
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The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic | Life And 

Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It’s time to find out what you’ve been missing.
Life And Leisure NJ

Can I say how excited I am to surprise my bf with this gem I found in our hood of Fruitvale. Then a beer in jingletown's new Ale Industries..

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If it with heavy heart (and lung) we say goodbye to the .@Gamago logo that was designed by my fav SF apparel store and hello to the new classier,..

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Grilled morning. Have u marked your calendar for next Tuesday? Free grilled cheeses for lunch all day at our grand opening.

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3-2 GO SF GIANTS GO. GRILL EM.

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I'll be honest I felt pretty fucking bad for this guy when I saw them on Sunday. Not a hot job get it?

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4 likes, 1 comments1 day ago

Adam savage of #MythBusters just ate and enjoyed our grilled cheese. Boom. Scientists meets scientist. #SCIENCE!

16 likes, 1 comments1 day ago

Quiches. condiments. Grilled cheese. Nachos. Beer vending machine. Soups. And so much more at the rickshaw pop up every Tuesday and Wednesday..

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Officially one week from today we open our doors SF. And serve FREE GRILLED CHEESE ALL DAY NEXT TUESDAY.

8 likes, 1 comments2 days ago

Taking our east coast friend out for her final meal at @HavenOakland. Best way to leave California.

0 likes, 0 comments3 days ago

Just heard the end of the SF Giants game. Holy shit fuck. Go Brie area.

0 likes, 0 comments4 days ago

Delicious desserts from the Halloween party last night. #foodporn #bloodporn

12 likes, 2 comments5 days ago

Nothing like Bakesale Betty on the beach and by the bay. #foodporn #bayporn

8 likes, 0 comments6 days ago

And then there was that one time. When I got interviewed for that story. And then it went on Medium and everyone thought I was coooooooooo.

20 likes, 2 comments1 week ago

Like our grilled cheese? Like wine? Like old cool places like the old SF Mint?
Use code: GIANTS40 for 40% off the party Thursday!

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Food stamps for farmer's market. Something I can support.

2 likes, 2 comments1 week ago

So we hung out with Tasting Table on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Woodside, CA for the #TheGreatMeltdown. Made lots of new fans and friends..

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Officially 2 weeks away from opening the doors in downtown SF. In the meantime, this popup declares "Let them eat cans!" as their mantra.

3 likes, 1 comments1 week ago

It seems things got EXTRA toasty at The Mill SF last night. How much does a burned building cost there if toast is $4? :)

As long as Josey..

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CSA & Meatshare: The Iron Chef of the Home

We have been enjoying Capay Valley Farm Shop’s new Meatshare program at home.  Once a month we get 12 pounds of meat from local butchers that are frozen and in small servings of 1-3 pounds depending on what it is.  This is extra great for the two of us to enjoy each night.   Although it might appear to be challenge at first, we have very much enjoyed looking up recipes and playing around with what we get.  From beef neck bones to french lamb racks.  From a whole chicken staring at us daily in the freezer to an indian lamb rub we put on some lamb chops.

The program is only 3 months with the first month being a lot of beef and the second month having a lot of lamb parts.  We are very excited to see what comes next.  Hover over the photos to find out more about our delicious homemade dishes we enjoyed together.

If you are in the bay area I highly encourage signing up for the meatshare program when it gets offered again.  Links to their CSA & Meatshare are here:

http://capayvalleyfarmshop.com/

There is also a wonderful ocean CSA program called Siren CSA that I also recommend:

http://sirenseasa.com/

For more photos from our homemade cooking times check out my instagram:

http://instagram.com/grilledcheezguy

Flank SteakRIBS!Pav BhajiBig BurgerLamb chopsBBurritoOven Roasted French Rack of LambBeet TowerPizza timeWashingRed/Purple BasilBeetsSome of the recipes we found can be found here:

Indian Spiced Lamb / Indian Spiced Lamb

Lamb Shanks

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Can I say how excited I am to surprise my bf with this gem I found in our hood of Fruitvale. Then a beer in jingletown's new Ale Industries..

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If it with heavy heart (and lung) we say goodbye to the .@Gamago logo that was designed by my fav SF apparel store and hello to the new classier,..

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Grilled morning. Have u marked your calendar for next Tuesday? Free grilled cheeses for lunch all day at our grand opening.

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3-2 GO SF GIANTS GO. GRILL EM.

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I'll be honest I felt pretty fucking bad for this guy when I saw them on Sunday. Not a hot job get it?

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Adam savage of #MythBusters just ate and enjoyed our grilled cheese. Boom. Scientists meets scientist. #SCIENCE!

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Quiches. condiments. Grilled cheese. Nachos. Beer vending machine. Soups. And so much more at the rickshaw pop up every Tuesday and Wednesday..

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Officially one week from today we open our doors SF. And serve FREE GRILLED CHEESE ALL DAY NEXT TUESDAY.

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Taking our east coast friend out for her final meal at @HavenOakland. Best way to leave California.

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Just heard the end of the SF Giants game. Holy shit fuck. Go Brie area.

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Delicious desserts from the Halloween party last night. #foodporn #bloodporn

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Nothing like Bakesale Betty on the beach and by the bay. #foodporn #bayporn

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And then there was that one time. When I got interviewed for that story. And then it went on Medium and everyone thought I was coooooooooo.

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Like our grilled cheese? Like wine? Like old cool places like the old SF Mint?
Use code: GIANTS40 for 40% off the party Thursday!

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Food stamps for farmer's market. Something I can support.

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So we hung out with Tasting Table on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Woodside, CA for the #TheGreatMeltdown. Made lots of new fans and friends..

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Officially 2 weeks away from opening the doors in downtown SF. In the meantime, this popup declares "Let them eat cans!" as their mantra.

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It seems things got EXTRA toasty at The Mill SF last night. How much does a burned building cost there if toast is $4? :)

As long as Josey..

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Kitchit & Our own Michelin Man

Yes I am a foodie.

Yes I like going to see what some of the newest chefs are cookin as much as I like hitting the streets and feasting on a chicken tikka burrito.

Serving for OITF and Chefs from Haven

I have taken the foodie flag even further by diving into all sorts of scenes from baguetting for the Yelp fans,  serving alongside cooks from various great restaurants, opening up new restaurants that lost their chef on the first night (Noire Lounge anyone?), and writing stories about my fellow foodies and some of the more underground scenes going on.   I was reminded by Twitter that it has already been a full year since I was accepted as one of “the” foodies of America via Eat Retreat which is still an experience and an event that I will never forget.  The diversity of the various projects and people that came together to open up and share their recipes and their stories and their lives in the food scene was profound.   One person in particular was a feisty feline I met early on by the fire on the first night.  It took only seconds for us both to identify ourselves as east coasters (NJ/NY to be precise…badabing!) and minutes to become friends during the weekend.  One of her many many projects she mentioned was a new site called Kitchit.

Kitchit is what Lyft brought to cab service and Airbnb brought to old time BnB’ing via the catering/private chef industry.   You want to have a dinner party?  You wanna have a cooking class?  You wanna have a five star dinner by a well known local chef?  Go online.  Pick your chef.  Let them design a menu (or just go for it).  Pick a date and there you have it.   Before using the service myself I actually had a small stint working Kitchit events with my very successful and talented Chef Joel Coleman.   It was an honor to work and serve alongside him at these various parties where we absolutely made each person’s/party/etc night with the food.   The best part was hoping and praying for leftovers so that I could scurry home and eat a much more simplified version of whatever we had served, sans usually the event’s favorite courses as those never survived.    The Kitchit work stopped only because Chef took on a new role that he is sharing via tumblr!  Kitchit the company, however, continues to expand to new cities.  It currently serves Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, aka the hottest cities for food in America right now!

It was after my stint with Chef Joel and the upcoming anniversary of my family that I started to have an idea.  My parents were both finally retiring from the Garden State of NJ to do what every good East coaster does and move to Florida aka Heaven’s waiting gate.   This meant my last childhood home was being sold and my only ties left to the tri-state area would be my friends still in the area.   We decided to have one nice last meal and my mom, a fellow foodie, started listing some places she was interested in.  My mom is of the old foodie guard which seems to be totally objected to any of the more modern takes going down in the kitchen so she totally scoffed at any Mamafuku or the like.   We tried to get into Daniel but it was booked.  Per Se was too much and apparently was not good enough as they had tried the bar food and were not too impressed.    As it got harder and harder to find a good meal, I got the idea of seeing what Akiko and the Kitchit crew could do.

What she did was find one of her favorite new Kitchit chefs and friend David Goody to drive all the way out from Brooklyn to serve my family in our little old suburb town of Montgomery, New Jersey.   We chatted a bit and I basically told him that my parents were foodies and that my mom was French and enjoyed French food.  I said you should try to placate my dad with some sort of meat and my mom loves scallops.  After that Chef Goody sent me a menu that had me foaming from the get go.  The menu looked like this:

— THE MENU —

Chilled Spring Pea soup, salmon roe, pea tendrils, lemon.

Baby Beets, Mache, Marcona Almond and Ginger Shallot Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese Mousse, Toasted Bread.

Seared Scallops, Cauliflower, Onion, Summer Truffle Coulis, Chervil.

Seared Duck Breast, Parisienne Gnocchi, Sauteed Grapes, Broccoli, Walnut Pesto.

Fresh Baked Madeleines with Lemon Curd, Meringue, Raspberry Powder.

CRAFTED BY CHEF DAVE GOODY
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I told my parents little.  I warned Chef my parents were of the chatty and curious type and then waited for the day to arrive.  Our family got all dressed up and treated it like we were going out to any of the above mentioned restaurants.  Chef Goody showed up promptly and proceeded to unload his bag of goodies into our kitchen.  I think the sheer number of plastic containers he had was enough to get both my parents instantly asking questions while he prepped.  We saw paper think slices of cauliflower floating in water,  dark black sauce next to bright white sauce, and CO2 containers that neither had seen before in the kitchen.  Chef Goody was able to handle the barrage of questions while putting together the meal in our home which made for a fun time for all.  We proceeded to drink bubbly and wine in the comfort of our own home while chatting with a Chef that more and more revealed his clout in the community.  I was pleased to get to impress my parents in front of him by being able to volley the latest names and restaurants and trends going on in the seen and he shared some great stories about the places he had worked and traveled.  I think one of highlights was hearing how he had recently served mister Murdoch himself in NYC, shrinking the world around us even further as well as exciting us about the food that was to come.
Chef did not fail there as each course was more beautiful and tastier than the next.
The amuse was fresh oysters served with some bacon fat and little onion pearls and the beautiful edible flowers you see.  He definitely knew how to get the party started with those little buggers.
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The first course was a chilled soup, something my boyfriend had not really tried.  It was “Chilled Spring Pea soup, salmon roe, pea tendrils, lemon.”  Those molecular lemon bites literally could be sold on the crack foodie market and make someone rich.  They were a mix of lemon and olive oil and just bursted with flavor each time you found one.  The most amazing little tidbit of this dish was the spring peas.  Chef actually took the actual peas out, made pea-like balls from cucumbers, and then replaced them with these faux-cumbers.  An amazing touch that definitely raised eyebrows and spoons quickly.  It only took one course to learn that another bonus that comes from enjoying this fine dining at home was the freedom to be a little more like us while eating.  What I mean by that is the GrilledCheezGuy family is not afraid to capture every morsel of tasty goodness if it is that good.  And this was no exception.  Bowls were licked clean right in front of Chef as he prepared the next course.

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The second course was the following:  Baby Beets, Mache, Marcona Almond and Ginger Shallot Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese Mousse, Toasted Bread.

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(DUE TO THE LACK OF RESISTANCE TO NOT START EATING IMMEDIATELY)

It’s true.  It seems it only took one course for us to forget to try and capture our foodporn moments.  All I can do is try to best describe to you what we witnessed during that course.  It was like a beautiful little art sculpture scene made up of beets made in various ways.  I am a huge beet fan and can remember savoring each bite of beet I had alongside the delicious goat cheese and other tasty bits.  It was quite beautiful and delicious and luckily we noticed our failing to photo before the next course.  We vowed to be more on top of our game so that we had some proof after we passed out from the food/wine coma.

The third course was a dedication to my mother’s request with an absolutely breathtaking plate of “Seared Scallops, Cauliflower, Onion, Summer Truffle Coulis, Chervil.”  The scene was something out of the garden of the Queen in Alice in Wonderland with the black and white from the truffles and the cauliflower and the scallops battling it out on the plate.  It was really hard to decide which sauce to use with the scallops more and I made sure to try and ration things out so that I had enough till the very bitter end.  I was happy to see my mom finishing first and raving about how well he had cooked them as I knew he had now satisfied her for sure, if I had any doubts.

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It was now time for Chef to take our parent number two with his fourth course:   “Seared Duck Breast, Parisienne Gnocchi, Sauteed Grapes, Broccoli, Walnut Pesto.”  My dad is a hunter and actually still goes duck hunting on a yearly basis so it was funny when he didn’t recognize the duck right away on the counter (right picture).  Once served to us on the plate alongside some sauteed grapes and parisienne gnocchi (big difference!…look it up!) there was no question about what we were having!  I remember being quite full already and as I worked my way though this one while my father scarfed it down with delight.  So fast actually that he proceeded to watch me like a buzzard to see if I was going to survive the course or not.  I let him swoop in for a few bites as I could tell he enjoyed it so much.  It was definitely a treat and quite a large portion as well which everyone enjoyed.  By this point stories were flying about our lives and he was already family to us as we watched him start preparing our dessert.

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And what a dessert it was.  Keeping with our frenchy roots he served us all beautiful plates of “Fresh Baked Madeleines with Lemon Curd, Meringue, Raspberry Powder.”  I love lemon curd like a fat kids loves cake…..specifically the kind with lemon curd in it.   Somehow the taste of the dessert brought me back from the brink and I was able to polish off every last bite of it.  The one fascinating fact about this one was the raspberry powder.  Chef told us there is a store in NYC (Kalustyans) that actually sells all types of powders you can buy and use.  I loved this simple addition that brought life to the plate and the dish at the same time and look forward to seeking it out.

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All in all the Kitchit experience truly is like nothing else you can find in a restaurant and not just because it is not in an actual restaurant.  It is because both sides bring a little of of their lives and their loves to the table and make for a once-in-a-lifetime meal.  A meal that the chefs concoct especially for you in mind which is especially nice as often fine-dining occasions can include a few rounds of plates that you really might not like.  I’m not saying this means you should give your chef a list of demands, but like Eleven Madison Park does with their menu, it is nice to list some of your favorite foods to see what the chef might do.   It is also fun because you will always be more comfortable in your own home, whether that be literally because of the cozy chairs you have or because you are free from the constraints that some places bring with them.   For us, there could not have been a better way to say goodbye to our New Jersey home than to spend it in the room we shared together the most, enjoying a meal that no restaurant in NYC could have made more perfect for us.

 

If you are living in the NYC area then I highly encourage you to check our Chef David Goody and see if he is still available for hire.  If you are fortunate to live in any of the cities that Kitchit serves, then I encourage you to find an occasion or a reason to have a chef come and serve you soon.  They are always evolving and now allow for things such as “Going Dutch”, which means you can have your friends all split the cost and pay separately directly on the site!  A great way to have a fun food party with friends.  I hope to try this idea myself in the near future!  Want to learn to cook like the chef that served you? Many teach cooking classes for you and your friends where you can learn AND eat in the same day!  There are a variety of options to choose from and they even have full concierge service to walk you through it.   Stay tuned for future posts about Kitchit experiences from both sides….

Update: Chef David Goody will actually be doing some traveling before he moves to the bay area to become a sous chef at a yet unnamed mid-market restaurant.  Excited to see he will be serving us out here!

Sincerely,

GrilledCheezGuy

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Photos by Michael Davidson

 

 

New Taste Marketplace is really Newish this Time!

Remember when I was helping run New Taste Marketplace?  Yea…. me too.  Remember what happened?  No, probably not.  Well the good news is it appears the Gods there only don’t forgive me so make your merry way over to Potrero Hill this Sunday to try out 20 NEW vendors that have never passed the gates (doors) of foodie heaven at St. Gregory’s Church.

Make sure to make a visit to Sugar & Spun, the new venture part owned and operated by my personal favorites Frozen Kuhsterd.  Those guys are definitely going to bring some fun and creative twists to cotton candy that I’m sure will turn heads (or cones!)

I would most certainly be attending myself but have the honor of working alongside the crew of Outstanding In the Field this weekend.  I will make sure to take plenty of photos and share them with you next week!

In the meantime, your food prayers are answered this weekend!

New Taste Marketplace’s Hot New Flavors

Saturday June 22nd, 2013 Noon – 5pm

@ St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church: 500 De Haro, San Francisco, CA 94107

Photos – http://www.flickr.com/photos/newtastemarket/

 

Food trend watchers can taste the hottest food flavors at New Taste Marketplace. Sample 30 new food vendors on Saturday, June 22nd , 2012. Many of these small batch food artisans are start up businesses from the Bay Area using this community market as a launching pad to share their passions and  new flavors.

Curious eaters will get the first tastes of Hella Lumpia,Flan FlanTa-Tas,and Kale Mary Full of TasteBrilliant Elixirs concocts herbal tonics which are a tasty alcoholic alternative with unique flavors like chocolate chili pepper. Sugar Knife Artisan Sweets infuses sugar and booze in their marshmallows and brittle. For a full vendor list visit www.newtastemarketplace.org

Have a fun food experience with food demonstrations and beer and wine pairings. Come hungry to our daytime dance party and relax in our outdoor beer and wine garden. NTM is a beautiful space to shop and enjoy the afternoon with friends, family and foodies.

Proceeds benefit The Food Pantry and St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church connecting the community to great new food and increase awareness about hunger issues in San Francisco.