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Saturday, Sep 22
All Day Calaveras County Arts Council is Proud to Present the Annual Calaveras County Artists Studio Tour
All Day Don't Miss SNAC Arnold's Parking Lot Sale This Saturday!
All Day The Big CHS Thrift Annual Winter Apparel & Ski Sale!
All Day Saddle Creek Golf Resort is Holding Their 2nd Annual Military Golf Classic
All Day The 2018 Ironstone Concours d'Elegance, Rolling Art, History & Automotive Culture
10:00 AM Local Health Care District Saves Lives with New "Stay Vertical Calaveras" Program
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
02:00 PM With Trails at Risk Sierra Snowmobile Foundation to Meet in Sonora.
03:30 PM Pour for the Paws
04:00 PM Harvest Happy Hour with Milliaire
All Day Writer United writing group
06:00 PM Song Posse
06:00 PM Blow Daddy at Bistro Park on September 22nd...Don't Miss It
Sunday, Sep 23
All Day Calaveras County Arts Council is Proud to Present the Annual Calaveras County Artists Studio Tour
All Day The Big CHS Thrift Annual Winter Apparel & Ski Sale!
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Fundraiser for Hazel Fischer Playground Project on September 23rd at Bistro Park
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
03:00 PM Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd
05:00 PM Lions' Steak Feed & Raffle
All Day Writer United writing group
All Day Song Posse
Monday, Sep 24
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Until 09:00 PM Writer United writing group
All Day Song Posse
Tuesday, Sep 25
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
01:00 PM Voices of Wisdom writing classes
All Day Song Posse
Wednesday, Sep 26
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
All Day Song Posse
Thursday, Sep 27
10:00 AM VA Health Van Clinic Sept. 27th Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Bldg.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
05:00 PM Candidate’s Debate Night September 27th in Angels Camp
All Day Song Posse
Friday, Sep 28
10:30 AM Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
05:00 PM Angels Camp Farmers Market
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
All Day Song Posse
Saturday, Sep 29
07:00 AM Mark Twain Medical Center Hosts 20th Annual Fall Health Fair Saturday September 29th!
08:00 AM Watertown Shootout & Trap Fundraiser
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
04:00 PM Harvest Happy Hour with Milliaire
04:00 PM Story Swap
05:30 PM Help ATCAA Fill The Bowls at Their Inaugural Empty Bowls Event
Until 08:30 PM Song Posse
Sunday, Sep 30
All Day 5th Annual Gold Color Run
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
Monday, Oct 1
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Tuesday, Oct 2
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Wednesday, Oct 3
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Thursday, Oct 4
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:30 AM A Plan 4 Me FREE Women's Health Seminar Oct. 4th at 11:30 a.m.
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Friday, Oct 5
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy

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The Lunch Lady

Getting to Know Me

I come from a food family. In my family, recipes are our heirlooms. My grandmother threw herself into food and cooking after the death of my grandfather when I was very young. I spent hours with her in the kitchen while she baked bread, decorated cakes for family and friends, whipped up chilled soups and perfected countless dessert recipes. I admired her skills very much and when I turned seven, she took me to Maurice et Charles in San Francisco owned by her dear friend Maurice Amzallag. I ordered the wild boar with juniper berries and there was no turning back!

Growing up, we lived on a small family farm and raised our own livestock, eggs and poultry, grew our own fruits and vegetables, and my Mom did lots of cooking, baking, preserving, and canning. She made her own fruit leather, granola, breads, preserves, cured meats, and I was often under foot in the kitchen helping out. We had a connection to most of what we ate. One neighbor had an apiary and gave us 5 gallon buckets full of golden clover honey and orange blossom honey, one neighbor had a fig tree, one a plum, walnut orchards, almond orchards, we had access to the best that the good earth had to offer. At each harvest, it was a scramble to find new ways to prepare and preserve the abundance to last the entire year. I remember giant bowls of cherries looking like glistening garnets on our kitchen table, warm from the morning sun, skins tight with sugary juice. We endlessly shelled almonds and walnuts, our fingers rough from the work. Applesauce. Our crank peeler was priceless because of the sheer volume of apples we processed in our small kitchen each fall, but we knew there would be applesauce cakes, and warm applesauce on oatmeal with fresh cream for breakfast in winter. There was one year when we all thought if we even saw another zucchini, we would pass out. Collecting eggs was my morning ritual. I gently reached in under the sleeping chickens and removed their beautiful, creamy brown, white, and green eggs, warm from their bodies, and sometimes still with a soft shell. Breakfast. During the day, the chickens would forage through the garden, finding bugs, our natural pesticides. The great horned tomato worms were their prize, and they would all rush greedily to the feast when one was found. Days on the farm were long, at times arduous, but always rewarding.

As a teenager, I began cooking for my family on my own, and it felt natural to be providing my loved ones with nourishment. It was rewarding work. At fifteen, I was given the opportunity to travel to France where I sampled pastries, chocolates, bread still warm from the boulangerie, a real croissant, fresh market foods, and I stumbled upon authentic Moroccan food. I was changed forever. When I sought a part time job back home, it was no surprise that I looked in the culinary field nourishing others. I found peace in the ritual of preparation, and in the fast pace of the professional kitchen. I loved the way I could access people through food, reliving with them their food memories, and introducing them to new ones. I discovered the definite connection between the essence of a person and how they nourish and sustain themselves. I found camaraderie in my fellow food workers, and I knew I had found my place in the world.

Working in the culinary industry took me to many interesting places, mainly throughout California, learning everywhere I went. When I worked side by side with a Japanese man, I learned about New Year's mochi and the Japanese theories of balancing a plate. The many and dear Mexican cooks enriched my knowledge of my own heritage and gave a history to my own celebration foods. A waiter from Spain taught me how to use almonds in savory dishes and schooled me on Spanish cheeses. Indian food brought me to an apartment in El Cerrito drenched in the aroma of spices, wearing a sari, and patting out fresh, warm roti with my hands. I learned people really wanted to talk about their childhood dishes, their cultural staples, what sustained them through times of sorrow and celebration. It was a part of their identity. I immersed myself in food culture taking notes, recording recipes and sketching dishes everywhere I went. I learned about cultural foods, vegetarian foods, macrobiotics, raw foods, everyone had some specialty to impart, and I ate it all up! The bulk of my working experience was in the San Francisco Bay Area where I discovered catering. I worked for both Paula LeDuc and Savoy Catering of Emeryville and Oakland respectively, eventually leaving Paula LeDuc to become the Executive Chef of Savoy Catering. I adored making people's fantasies come true for one event through flavor, aroma and texture. I loved making people's food memories with them, but on a grander scale than I could achieve in a restaurant. Celebration food, mourning food, nourishment as reward, as surprise, as enticement or invitation, it all thrilled me.
Once my family was well begun, I started preparing high-end boxed lunches for local businesses and private clients, and Lunch Lady Catering was born. I have since grown to full service events, my favorite medium. So for me, things have come full circle. I live in an area I love, making the food I love for friends, and family. I use my childhood memories of food fresh from the ground, vine, or tree to nourish my clients with fresh, wholesome ingredients, and care. Each dish contains elements extracted from an experience in my life. It continues to be a joyous one! Thank you for being a part of it, and letting me be a small part of yours!

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Bear Valley Mountain Resort
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