Chef Demonstrations

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 4:00pm:  Phaedra Achor of Monarch Bitters

Monarch Bitters was brought to life in 2015 by Phaedra Achor, a Petaluma native inspired to create her own custom bitters in the spirit of Sonoma County’s local, farm-to-table scene. A herbal bitters producer and mother by day, Phaedra has nurtured a long love affair with plants, believing that we can infuse our day with botanical brews of all kinds. Using her skills at wild foraging and blending flavors, she took it upon herself to craft and perfect her own set of bitters, branching out into other cocktail mainstays—infused syrups and drinking vinegars. With an unrivaled palate for creativity, it is Phaedra’s wish to reintroduce Mother Nature’s esoteric flavors into our everyday lives.

Recipe:  Wild Cocktails & Refreshments: Unleash your creative side with botanicals as your tabula rasa.

Every spirit lover understands the value of simple syrups and bitters for a cocktail, but did you know crafting your own flavors can be easily done at home? Phaedra Achor of Monarch Bitters will walk you through the basics of wild foraging, from the proper identification of wild edibles along the Sonoma Coast, to how to infuse these complex flavors into a honeyed simple syrup and drinking vinegar. After demonstrating how to make a simple syrup and schrub, Phaedra will mix up a custom mocktail and fruity refreshment including her handmade bitters, pureed fruits and other flavors. Recipe included for everyone to enjoy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2:00pm: Melissa Wenzel

Melissa Wenzel is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopath who also makes and sells gluten-free breads.  In addition to her passion for natural medicine, Melissa has developed a love for the art of gluten-free (GF) baking. She began her GF baking adventures when her twin daughters were born in 2009. Since then, she has been fine-tuning her recipes of artisan breads and baking for friends and family. Her breads are gluten-free and vegan and hand-made with traditional bread making techniques. Her favorite loaf to enjoy is a wild sourdough levain inspired by Tartine Bakery. Melissa is hoping to soon share her artisan breads with the public through the creation of Mama Mel’s Bread Company, which is a work in progress. So stay tuned!

Recipe: Making Gluten-free Baguettes at Home

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 4:00pm: Linda Mechner Partida, CHHC, Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor at Linda Living.

Linda Mechner Partida, Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor, shows how fermented Super Foods can transform your health!  Her celebrated work has created breakthrough results for clients including those dealing with deep-rooted issues such as blood sugar control, cholesterol, weight management, low energy and fatigue, stress, emotional eating, and mood management. Her philosophy is grounded in the fact that mastering one’s own mind is at the heart of creating REAL and lasting change.

Linda was educated at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC (accredited by Columbia University). She combines her knowledge of food and nutrition, as well as knowledge of traditional healing philosophies from East to West and Neuro Linguistic Programing, in an effective, multi-pronged approach to preventative, restorative and proactive, lasting health.

Recipe: Superfoods! How to Make 5 Easy Superfoods at Home

Friday, June 23, 2017, 4:00pm:  Fair Food Vendor Winner Demo

The Sonoma-Marin Fair is hosting a vendor food competition where our very own food concessionaires compete to have the best sweet, savory, fried and fresh food at the 2017 Sonoma-Marin Fair. The competition will be held Thursday, June 23rd and winners will be highlighted during this Demonstration time in the Culinary Pavilion.

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00pm: Chef Paul Strubeck

From cooking in bars and restaurants all over his home of Sonoma County, to working with James Beard Award winners in Philadelphia, Paul learned to cook the old way. Taking the things his mom taught him at home and mixing them with the techniques learned from some of the best cooks in the country.

These days you can find him in the Fabulous Frickle Brothers food truck, fryin’ up the best Frickles, Frapples and Fried Green Tomatoes at festivals such as OutsideLands, Bottle Rock Napa, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Petaluma Music Festival, Rivertown Revival and many more.

Recipe: Fried Green Tomato Salad with Lagunitas Pils vinaigrette

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 4:00pm:  Fair Food Vendor Winner Demo

The Sonoma-Marin Fair is hosting a vendor food competition where our very own food concessionaires compete to have the best sweet, savory, fried and fresh food at the 2017 Sonoma-Marin Fair. The competition will be held Thursday, June 23rd and winners will be highlighted during this Demonstration time in the Culinary Pavilion.

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2:00pm: Dr. Sara Thyr, Naturopathic Doctor at Willowbend Natural Medicine.

Dr Sara Thyr, ND, is a well-known Naturopathic Doctor who teaches patients with food allergies how to make delicious meals. Dr. Thyr is passionate about utilizing naturopathic medicine to find and treat the underlying causes of illness. Regardless of the patient’s symptoms, treating the cause will ultimately make their healing journey much more successful.

Dr. Thyr has helped author two natural, whole foods cookbooks, and frequently consults with her patients about food allergies and how to deal with them.

Dr. Thyr has also co-authored several books on natural cooking and written many articles on natural health. Her primary areas of focus are digestive disorders, menopause issues and women’s health, fertility, and dementia associated with aging.

 

Recipe: Ginger Molasses Cookies that are Grain-free, Sugar-free and Egg-free

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 4:00pm: Wind McAlister – Sonoma Spice Queen

Sonoma Spice Queen is a business based out of Petaluma, owned and operated by spice enthusiast and culinary adventurer Wind McAlister. Through her love of cooking and cultural exploration she handcrafts organic spice mixes and rubs made with the best intentions. Awaken your pallet and make everyday meal preparation easy to manage! She makes over 30 mixes and rubs in small batches, and packages more than 60 individual spices. The retail store in Petaluma is the only 100% organic shop around and Wind takes great care to curate other local small-batch food items to sell. Wind is often found with her daughter Violet (9) and wonderful husband Colin trying out different ethnic restaurants to gain insight on spices, tradition and cultural authenticity, which plays a great part in the spices she develops for Sonoma Spice Queen. All spices are made with non-irradiated organic ingredients, no fillers such as gluten or MSG, no salt or sugar in our mixes, and minimal amount of salt and sugar in our rubs.

Recipe: Diablo Verde Chicken Tacos with Tomato and Radish Salsa and Sour Cream-Lime Crema