Friday, May 23, 2014

Bakery tour & true locavore dinner {Parkside Bakery}

Last weekend I got to host a special project: a European consulting firm had approached me to create a multi day food tour & dining itinerary for their clients, a group of bakers & food entrepreneurs on a 4-day culinary field trip of Northern California bakeries & food trends. It was an exciting project. Not only did I get to share some of my favorite local spots, they were also open to more innovative dining than the usual restaurant experience. 
On the first day I met the group of twenty-five globetrotting bakers straight off the plane at Parkside Bakery in Stinson Beach, a small coastal community about 45 minutes North of San Francisco along a spectacular coastal drive over Golden Gate Bridge & up the rugged Highway 1 coast ... 

Parkside Bakery in Stinson Beach photo by Julia Spiess

After a tour of the bakery with baker Lucia, chef John Gilbert prepared a stunning meal using only local ingredients & cooking in the wood burning oven. Sunset tables were set in the patio with views of Parkside's herb garden & Mount Tamalpais. And a true locavore dinner it was. Served on Heath Ceramics plates with wines from Bolinas vintner Sean Thackrey, beers from Fairfax brewer Iron Springs Pub, local goat & cow milk cheeses from West Marin cheese makers Cowgirl Creamery & Nicasio Valley Cheese Co., early summer produce from Star Route Farms, fresh shucked oysters from Tomales Bay, marinated olives & olive oil from McEvoy Ranch - and, of course, all breads from Parkside Bakery.

Parkside Bakery in Stinson Beach photo by Julia Spiess

the location.
the room at parkside bakery, stinson beach, california
the menu.
~ sean thackrey wines {la pleïade, pleiades xxiii, lyra} & iron springs beers
~ warm marinated olives & olive oil toasted almonds
~ goat & cow milk cheeses with raw honey comb & parkside bakery breads
~ fresh breads with lemon pesto
~ beets & arugula salad with goat cheese & parkside bakery croutons
~ crisp lettuces with avocado, egg, blue cheese & bacon
~ fresh shucked tomales bay oysters served with lemon
~ “oysters olliver” {baked with arugula, bacon, horseradish, lemon & parmesan}
~ vegetable tarts with english peas, fava beans & local goat cheese
~ wood fired flatbreads with local peaches/arugula/burrata and lemon zest/bottarga
~ almond citrus tea cake with vanilla lemon-verbena poached apricots & whipped cream
~ mini sweet cherry tarts with puff pastry

Parkside Bakery in Stinson Beach, photos by Julia SpiessParkside Bakery in Stinson Beach, photography by Julia Spiess
Parkside Bakery in Stinson Beach photo by Julia Spiess
Parkside Bakery in Stinson Beach photo by Julia Spiess
Parkside Bakery in Stinson Beach, all photos by Julia Spiess

Thanks & Dankeschön 
to Maxine, Lucia, John, Lily & everyone at Parkside!

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