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Food Photography Workshop: Sept 26th

Come join our Food Photography Workshop with professional photographer and cookbook author Erin Scott of Yummy Supper and the newly released, Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious, & Honest Recipes from a {Gluten-Free} Omnivore.

We welcome anyone interested in shooting and styling food – beginners, don’t be shy!

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Date: Friday, September 26th 3-5pm

Location: SE Portland - Exact address will be sent out to those who registered the week of the class.

Cost: $50 including a copy of her new cookbook

We have reached capacity in the class. Thanks to everyone who signed up!

 

Erin’s workshop will be hands-on and she will cover the following topics:

  • Natural light is your friend: finding and working with the best spot for light in your own home.
  • Manipulation of natural light: making simple “bounces” and “scrims.”
  • Propping tips: how to make the most of your set up. Erin will share her tricks of the trade.
  • Embracing the natural beauty of working with real food.
  • Composition: thinking outside the box to look at food photography in a new way.
  • Playing with depth of field – using Aperture Priority to your advantage.

If you’d like to join us, please bring the following:

  • A camera (iPhones are ok)
  • Food for us to photograph: beautiful produce (apples, pears, herbs or greens for example), or a prepared dish.
  • Your favorite plate, bowl, knife, fork, spoon, cutting board, and napkin. (If you don’t have a great napkin, you can go to a fabric store and get a small, napkin-sized cutting of a pretty fabric like a natural linen – this is my favorite “napkin.”)

Please, try to avoid shiny surfaces as much as possible as those aren’t the most photo friendly.

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The Cheese Stands Alone: Exploring Cheese Pairing and Plating (Members Only Event)

Join us for an exclusive evening of cheese tasting with Greg Hessel, cheesemonger and fromageophile, of Cow Bell LLC. This workshop will focus on how to taste cheese and talk about what you’re tasting, how to build a cheese board, how to pair cheese with wine, and other cheesy mysteries. Come with eager taste buds and plenty of questions. This is your chance to get on a first name basis with some of the finest artisanal products on earth.

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This members-only event will feature a guided cheese tasting and discussion with Greg Hessel, long-time Portland cheesemonger. Chances are, if you’ve had a cheese plate at a restaurant in Portland, Greg was responsible for sourcing the cheese you ate.

Armed with extensive knowledge of the cheese making process, the producers who made the cheese, and the best way to present and serve artisan cheese, Greg will school us in the ways of cheese pairing, plating, and tasting. Want to learn about all the fascinating differences between washed-rind, bloomy, and alpine cheeses? Now is your chance.

In addition to tasting fine cheese and discussing the particulars of the cheese board, we will also learn to pair cheese with wine. Have you ever felt befuddled in the wine aisle, musing about the best wine to serve with Roquefort or Ossau-Iraty? Fear not! All your pressing questions will be answered!

This workshop has very limited enrollment due to space constraints, so sign up now!

When: October 16th 7pm

Where: 2420 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214

Cost: $12 for members

Given the size restraints, this is a member only event. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email info@pdxca.org. We would love to have you join our organization and partake in these great events!

Chocolate Workshop With Pitch Dark Chocolate (PCA Members Only)

Come to the Dark Side with PCA!

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Join us for a PCA-Members Only event at Pitch Dark Chocolate for a chocolate tasting and workshop with Brian Flick, owner and chocolatier. Pitch Dark Chocolate is a unique bean-to-bar chocolate company that produces chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, and specialty chocolates and confections as well as bulk chocolate for pastry and culinary professionals.

Brian will walk us through his entire process, from sourcing cocoa beans to roasting,refining, and tempering chocolate. His methodology is one that prizes both traditional methods and sustainable relationships with small cacao farmers as well as scientific practices that ensure the most consistent and highest quality chocolate possible on a small scale.

Not only will we learn about the fascinating and complex processes by which craft chocolate is made, but we will also have the opportunity to taste the four unique chocolate bars that Pitch Dark currently produces. Brian will walk us through a guided tasting, explaining in detail how a chocolatier working in tandem with a cacao farmer can manipulate cocoa beans to produce dramatically different chocolates.

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Date: Wednesday, September 10th 7pm

Location: Pitch Dark Chocolate Shop5353 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97213

Cost: Free to members

RSVP: Please email info@pdxca.org

**PCA members only: due to space restrictions, this is a member only event. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email info@pdxca.org. We would love to have you join our organization!

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