MSSF Culinary Blog

November Dinner Canceled – it’s CalTrans fault!

Posted on 24 October 2009 by Pat George

IMPORTANT – DUE to the uncertainties of the Bay Bridge repairs and bridge closure, the November Dinner is cancelled. The same menu will be prepared for the January dinner.

January 2010, Culinary Group DInner – The Rewards of Foraging

We will meet at the SF County Fair Building (AKA Hall of Flowers), Golden Gate Park, 9th and Lincoln, SF on Monday, January 4, 7 PM. Reservations for this dinner, as for all of our dinners, are required and must be made no later than Friday, October 30th. Seating is limited to no more than 60 diners. To reserve contact Pat George at (510) 204-9130 or Bring your own tableware, beverage and an appetizer to share (see below). Car pooling is encouraged. The MSSF Roster has pages listing members by city.
For this dinner we will feature foraged foods.
Punch ……………………………..Norm Andresen
Appetizers – Everyone brings them. We encourage you to bring appetizers made with foraged or wild ingredients (ones you get yourself or from markets that carry wild foods)
Lemon Linguine with Abalone …..Carol Reed
Salad……………………………….Lisa Bacon
String Beans w/Roasted Morels…Roy Coto
Tiramisu……………………………Dave Suurballe
Coffee……………………………..Remo Arancio

We have a raffle at our dinners. Bring something interesting to lovers of mushrooms and cooking, etc., for our raffle and you will receive 5 free raffle tickets. Prizes include tickets for free Culinary Group dinners.

Our next Culinary Group dinner will be February 1, 2010. To be part of the Culinary Group you must be a member of the MSSF.

October Culinary Group Dinner

Posted on 25 September 2009 by Pat George

October 5, Mediterranean Feast MENU:

  • Appetizers — Everyone
  • Olives — Bill Hellums
  • Goat Cooked in the Caja China — Al Carvajal & Bill Hellums
  • Couscous — Liana Hain
  • Raita — Liann Finnerty
  • Vegetables — Stephanie Wright
  • Dessert – roasted figs — David Lubertozzi
  • Coffee — Remo Arancio

Reservations for this dinner are required, no later than Friday, October 2nd there are only 60 spaces available – to reserve your space: contact Pat George at (510) 204-9130 or

Date & Time: Monday, October 5, 2009, 7 PM
Location: Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 9th & Lincoln, San Francisco
Price: $16 (we are prorating annual dues into dinner prices), $15 for seniors/students
Logistics: As usual, bring your own tableware, an appetizer to share & a favorite beverage.


  • Car Pooling is encouraged; the roster lists members by city
  • For our website, your photos and commentary are desired.
  • Our raffle is always fun, if you would like 5 free raffle tickets — bring something interesting to add to the collection.
  • For the next dinner, November 2, your culinary ideas and expertise are welcome — join our esteemed group of volunteer chefs.

More info available from: Pat George, 510-204-9130, or Stephanie Wright, 510-654-6279, Please RSVP to Pat.

Fungi and Chocolate

Posted on 06 September 2009 by Pat George

Recently, I had the good fortune to attend a TASTEPROJECT event which featured a collaboration between Michael Recchuiti of Recchiuti Chocolates and Kyle Garrone of Far West Fungi. They created an amazing menu with combinations of various fungi grown by Far West as well as wild mushrooms and various types of chocolate made at Recchuiti. Each presentation came with a description of the fungus used, which chocolate was used and how the dish was conceived and created. We also enjoyed a tour of part of the Recchiuti factory and examples of each of the fungi used in the creations. More…

September 2009 Culinary Dinner

Posted on 03 September 2009 by Pat George

The MSSF Culinary Group is back and better than ever!

[Color flyer for culinary dinner.]

We kick off the new cooking & dining season with our annual Potluck. It’s your chance to impress the group with a favorite dish, or something new you’ve been meaning to try. Bring enough to share with 8-12 other diners. More…

May 2009 Dinner

Posted on 13 July 2009 by Pat George

The MSSF Culinary Group met May 4th for our last dinner until September. About 60 people greatly enjoyed a unique meal of upscale Mexican dishes in honor of Cinco de Mayo. We started with a delicious tequila tropical punch prepared by Sue Wingerson served with an array of appetizers that included mushroom preparations, several fresh guacamoles, vegetables, spreads, and many other goodies made by our diners. Then on to the main meal. Thanks and more thanks to the volunteer cooks for our main and sides–George Collier for the sopa de pan, Al Carvajal and Bill Hellums for the chicken mole poblano, Liana Hain for the avocado-rich green salad with kumquats, Lisa Bacon for the jalapeno chocolate truffles, George Willis for yucca cake and our ever faithful Remo Arancio for making the great coffee that helps get us home. More…