Popping up is fun to do

15 Apr

Abeni and I had so much fun popping up at Samin’s Pop-Up General Store! We were there with a woman who makes amazing English muffins, an empanada maven, Samin’s dry goods counter (vanilla beans, high-quality cocoa powder), a kimchee goddess, and many many more food purveyors.

Since this was our first time, we brought a million things from the garden: favas, salad mix, braising mix, bouquet garni, artichokes, honey, candied fruit, leeks, and chantrelles wrapped in what we called a Hobbit shire cabbage leaf. Though we were proud of our bounty, next time at the General Store (we are invited back, right Samin? Right?) we might focus on just Ghosttown salad mix and candied citrus peels from the LaBrie farm. What would you like to buy at the next General Store?

Thank you Janet Hankinson for taking the photos!

14 Responses to “Popping up is fun to do”

  1. MotherLodeBeth April 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    OMGosh that is heaven on earth!

  2. Paula April 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Gosh- your table looks great! I thought I recognized chanterelles…..

  3. Maureen in Oakland April 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Amazing! I am going to have to come to the next one.

  4. Sheila Z April 16, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    I wish I lived where fresh food like that was available this time of year. Nothing much growing in Upstate NY yet. Lucky if you can find a few dandelion greens.

  5. Julie April 16, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    I’m curious about the chantrelles . We only get those in the fall here (British Columbia coast)
    How you do that? And yes your table could not possibly look more abundant 😉

  6. Heather April 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    I am amazed about the chantrelles, too…a March/April growing season? What a lucky pairing with the rest of your produce bounty.

  7. novella April 18, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    yeah, abeni foraged the mushrooms. she said it was totally the last of the season. we’ve had a very wet spring and i guess the chantrelles will just go on and on up in the East Bay Hills. i never go out hunting in Cali as i’m very sensitive to poison oak. sucks.

  8. karly April 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Are you going to be at the upcoming pop-up general store?

  9. novella April 23, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    hey karly;
    no, i’ll be out of town. but we’ll be at the may 19th one!

  10. karly April 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Thanks for letting me know Novella! I’ll still probably attend the pop-up shop. When you get back, I was wondering if you were interested in trading goods. I worked this past summer on a fishing lodge in Alaska. I still have copious amount of me-caught sushi-grade salmon and halibut. I’d love to trade some filets for any of your specialties. I vaguely recall your lifesaving catfish dinner from your book, thus thought you might be interested. If so, just holler. Thanks.

  11. Adesina April 29, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Hey Novella,

    Pop up looks fun. We are moving back to Oakland on the 17th so the 19th is the perfect time to jump back into the food scene. Where is this pop us store? – Adesina

  12. novella May 2, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    hey adesina!
    cool, glad to hear you’re coming back!
    it’s at 49th and mlk at grace street catering, i think they were remodeling it when you moved, it’s a gorgeous space.
    see you soon!

  13. HeritageCook May 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Please bring Favas if you have them for the next Pop Up!!

  14. Amani June 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Honey! I want to buy honey that’s local, for health and happiness purposes!

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