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Simply Ancient Grains, an evening with author Maria Speck: May 7th

With a focus on delicious, quick, family-friendly recipes (most of which just happen to be healthy and gluten free), Maria Speck not only promotes an understanding of and appreciation for ancient grains, but she crafts recipes that everyone will love.

simply ancient grains

In this exclusive, intimate event, Maria will talk about cooking with these grains, purchasing them, storing them, and her approach to transforming them into breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

From black rice to red quinoa to golden Kamut berries, ancient grains are showing up on restaurant menus and store shelves in abundance. Yet in home kitchens, many fear that whole grains are too difficult and time-consuming to prepare. In Simply Ancient Grains, Maria makes cooking with these fascinating and nourishing staples easy and accessible with sumptuous recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Maria’s tips and simplified approach take whole grain cooking to the next level by amplifying the flavor and enduring beauty of these nutritious grains.

The price of this event includes a detailed talk and Q&A session on all aspects of cooking with ancient grains, a tasting of several of the recipes from Maria’s book, a copy of Simply Ancient Grains that Maria will sign at the end of the evening, and beer or wine.

Date: Thursday, May 7th 7-9pm

Cost: $35 members; $40 non-members
Limited to 35 people, so sign up now!

Location: Old Salt Marketplace, 5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218


Member Price: $35.00, includes copy of the book ($20.00 value)


Non-Member Price: $40.00

Monthly Happy Hours

Join PCA the last Tuesday of every month for a fun evening of networking with other culinary professionals while enjoying delicious food and drink from local restaurants or bars.

What: Networking with Portland’s culinary professionals like pastry chefs, caterers, cookbook authors, bloggers, caterers, and PR.

Who: Both members and non-members welcome to attend!

When: Last Tuesday of each month

Cost: Free but food and drinks are no host.

RSVP: Not required but appreciated. Please sign up via our Facebook page or by emailing info@pdxca.org


March 31st 5-7pm – Cafe Castagna 

April 28th 5-8pm – Trifecta Tavern

One Sweet Class: QUIN Candy Making Class – March 12th

Come join Portland Culinary Alliance to learn about candy making from Portland’s queen of candy making, Jami Curl! As owner of QUIN Candy, Jami is creating delicious and unique handmade candies, from gumdrops to caramels, and from marshmallows to lollipops. In this 2-hour hands-on class, attendees will learn about the ingredients and process used in QUIN products, experience a side-by-side comparison of conventional candies versus QUIN candies, and make fresh strawberry lollipops. Space is limited, so buy your tickets today!

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  • Date: Thursday, March 12th 6-8pm
  • Location: QUIN Candy kitchen – 134 SE Taylor & 2nd St
  • Maximum attendees: In order to keep this a valuable hands-on class, this will be capped at 12 people.
  • Cost: $30 Members / $45 Non-Members
  • What You Get: Two hours of hands-on candy making, a bag of treats to take home, recipes, and complimentary Smith Tea and Water Avenue Coffee. Additional candy will also be available for purchase.

This class is now SOLD OUT! Please add yourself to the waiting list by emailing info@pdxca.org should anyone drop out. Thanks for your interest!

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