Food & Drink: May: Time to play

Spice it up and eat your heart out

by Tanya Henry

As the days get longer and summer beckons, there are cool happenings around the corner that shouldn’t be missed. Here’s a small taste …

TIBURON SPICES IT UP For the past three years, Evelyn Wood and Nick Davoren have been selling their unique and regionally titled spice blends at the Civic Center Farmers’ Market. On May 15 they plan to open Local Spicery, their new brick-and-mortar store on toney Main Street in Tiburon’s Ark Row. The Novato-based producer of all-natural artisanal, non-irradiated or chemically treated spice blends will offer a comprehensive selection of more than 200 locally-milled spices, herbs and spice blends, in addition to spice-related books, utensils and gifts. I’ve sampled a few of the blends and favorites include Stinson, the firm’s flagship dry rub; Limantour, a salty, aromatic pork rub; and Boot Jack, a smoky, sweet and hot barbecue rub. If you’re looking to spice up your meals, these guys have you covered. The store will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm, and is located at 80 Main Street in Tiburon.

TRADING TIME For everyone who actually planted their gardens in a timely fashion this year—you will be ready for Sustainable San Anselmo’s first garden exchange of the season. The get-together kicks off on Saturday, June 6 and will be held on the San Anselmo Town Hall lawn (525 San Anselmo Ave.) from 9am to 10am. Bring your excess produce, plant starts, flowers and more.

EAT YOUR HEART OUT Dinner and stories and edible metaphors, oh my! Now this looks like fun. A unique and only-in-Bolinas event Eat My Heart Out, founded by writer and producer Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez in New York, returns for its second annual dinner and theater event to celebrate KWMR Community Radio. Eat My Heart Out is a storytelling dinner theater that includes an original menu of courses whose ingredients and plating are edible metaphors of the performers’ stories. The lineup includes Geoff Hoyle, Joyce Lee, Vivien Straus, Marshall Payne and Emily Epstein White, and the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at The Peace Barn on Olema-Bolinas Road in Bolinas. Tickets are $195 and the doors open at 6:30pm; dinner and stories begin at 7pm. To learn more or to buy tickets, visit

CELEBRATE CHEESE After 150 years of making distinctive, soft-ripening cheeses, Marin French Cheese, or more affectionately known simply as, “the Cheese Factory,” is having a party. More accurately, they are having an Appreciation Picnic Party that will take place outdoors on their lawn from 11am to 4pm on June 14 at the original Hicks Valley Ranch location. Along with celebrating loyal customers, friends and family, Marin French is inviting folks to join their community conversation by collecting stories reflecting the generations of family traditions of working, playing, romancing and hanging out at the “Cheese Factory.” During the event, Marin historian and author Dewey Livingston will emcee the storytelling on stage, interspersed with performances by the Dixie Giants, a local band.

The day’s activities include cheesemaking demos by the Marin French team and a close-up look at beekeeping by Bonnie Morse of Bonnie Bee Company, with a sampling of honey from the Marin French hives. Sparkling mead, beer, cider, breads, baked goods, pickles and preserves, and cheeses from the California Artisan Cheese Guild will also be on hand. If you have a story, go ahead and send it to [email protected] If you have questions, contact [email protected] Happy 150th, Marin French!

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