Food & Drink: Fresh start

Start the year off right with a ‘Taste’-y detox

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An olive branch appears on the flags of seven nations, four U.S. states and the United Nations' flag.

by Tanya Henry

It’s a new year and, as usual, many of us have big plans to wipe our slates clean and begin anew! With that in mind, the cooking classes offered up by Taste Kitchen & Table in Fairfax titled, “I Will Eat Healthy” and “Detox Your Body,” might be just the ticket to get us off on the right foot in 2015.

COOK. EAT. REPEAT. Maria Quintana-Pilling, a certified nutrition consultant and natural chef, will lead her class series “I Will Eat Healthy” that will focus on Cooking with Alternative Grains. The class is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28. A “Cook. Eat. Love.” series runs from Feb. 4-25 and finally “Detox Your Body” offers the following sessions: Kitchen Pantry Makeover, Detoxifying Foods & Spices and Grain-Free Eating. These final sessions are slated for March 11-25. Learn more at www.tastekitchenandtable.com, or call 415/455-9040.

SOUPED UP If soups are part of your new diet regime, here is an opportunity to learn from the staff at In the Kitchen (ITK) Culinary in Sausalito. Add these favorites to your own repertoire: Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup, New England Clam Chowder and a Creamy Broccoli Soup—along with some tasty accompaniments, including cheddar biscuits. The cost of Soups and Such is $70 and is slated for Saturday, Jan. 24. Classes begin at 11am and last approximately two hours. For more information and to sign up visit www.itkculinary.com/classes-workshops/soups-and-such.

NEW ENGLAND MEETS MARIN If you are more about indulgence than moderation, mark your calendar for Left Bank’s The New England Kitchen book event. The Larkspur brasserie will host author and chef Jeremy Sewall on Thursday, Jan. 22 with a $100 prix fixe dinner ($175 per couple) that will begin at 6pm with a raw bar and sparkling wine reception, followed by a sit-down meal with Sewall. An autographed cookbook, along with a menu of regional New England recipes—including Oysters Gregory and a hand-rolled potato gnocchi with chestnuts—await. Reserve your spot by calling 415/927-0677 or visit www.leftbank.com/events.

ALL ABOUT THE BOLLITO For a taste of Italy, Poggio presents its annual Bollito Misto. This northern Italian tradition entails the recreation of the authentic Milanese stew comprised of brisket, oxtail and sausage, among other meats. The classic dish is served tableside from an imported Italian cart (carello) so the meats and broth all stay warm. To celebrate this hearty winter tradition, chef Benjamin Balesteri has dedicated Jan. 21 through Feb. 2 to the experience. He will also have a handful of his housemade sauces on hand to accompany the stew, including salsa verde, creme fraiche, bone marrow butter and mustard. Bollitto Misto is on the dinner menu for $19 per order. Poggio is located at 777 Bridgeway in Sausalito. For more info., call 415/332-7771.

OLIVE YOU  Celebrate the olive! Sonoma Valley is savoring olive season during January and February. A Feast of the Olive Dinner prepared by local Sonoma chefs and winemakers is just one of their many planned activities to salute their famed green fruit. On Saturday, Jan. 31, Ramekins Culinary School will host a five-course dinner with wine pairings in their banquet room. The cost is $175 per person, and instead of that other small round fruit the valley receives so much attention for, this is the olive’s opportunity to shine! To purchase tickets for the Feast of the Olive, call 707/996-1090 x108 or visit www.olivefestival.com/feast-of-the-olive-dinner.html.

Share your hunger pains with Tanya at thenry@pacificsun.com.

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