Our final day of workshops at StoreFrontLab began with Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics, along with Tattini from El Rio. The pair made two versions of piadina, a traditional Italian flatbread. After Sean’s workshop we moved directly into a cheese workshop with Sophie Mosgrove of Salumeria, followed by a workshop on contemporary letterpress by James Tucker of The Aesthetic Union.
In the afternoon we were joined by Photographer Margo Moritz, who lead a lesson on manual photography. Finally, to end the series Dave Nelson of PUBLIC Bikes joined us for a crash course in bike maintenance. Also, my camera battery died, and we had to rely on Instagram to document the final workshops of the day.
If you missed any of the workshops, or would like to see all the photos from the pop-up, check out this set on flickr.
Saturday’s workshops started at 10AM, with freshly brewed coffee from Ritual Coffee, and a discussion with Thomas Kriese of The Urban Chicken Network. After our conversation about backyard chickens, we moved into a workshop on the basics of lamp wiring, lead by self-taught lamp maker David Hard. Following David, Pastoral Plate joined us to give a demonstration on how to cut a whole chicken into 8 pieces, then how to carve a roast chicken. We sampled roast chicken and hot chicken stock as Jonathan Lewis explained the process of getting the most nutrition and meals out of a whole chicken.
In the afternoon, we were joined by Sharon and Alisha Ardiana of Ragazza Pizzeria, to learn how to make mozzarella. Sharon surprised everyone by bringing supplies for everyone to pull their own mozzarella, and by the end of the workshop we had enough mozzarella for a feast, plus some to take home. Our final workshop of the evening was with Tammy Tan of Spice Hound, who offered a tasting and conversation on the history and variety of artisan salts.
I thought I’d pop in to share just a few more photos from the Skill Exchange launch party at StoreFrontLab. I’m slowly recovering from a mean cold, which has meant a lot of couch time, and a lot of cat time.
We had skill demonstrations from Donna Suh of Pot + Pantry, (champagne-sabering) and Jenny Rinzler of This Humble Abode (bow tie tying). Cheese and salumi was provided by Salumeria SF, INNA Jam donated jalapeño jam, and the amazing Intern provided the party playlist. We had Campari and gin cocktails with elderflower rosemary soda, and Almanac Beer, donated by the Almanac Beer makers, Jesse and Damian. Oh, and our bartenders? Just the amazing Alisha Ardiana, Laura Miller of Sidesaddle Kitchen and Iso Rabins of Forage SF, no big deal guys, just a couple of pals lending a hand.
Big hugs to everyone who handled tickets, door management, drinks, snacks, the market table and other tasks big and small, so I could shake hands, meet new faces, and generally enjoy the party that took so many weeks of planning to put together. The biggest thanks must go to Laura Muhlhammer of RedBarn PR. She put out every fire, solved problems before they ever appeared, hit the streets with posters and fliers, and made sure to grease every wheel and send every email along the way to help make this the biggest, and most organized event I have ever put together.
I have so many people to thank for a truly amazing weekend of Skill Exchange. From our teachers and volunteers, our kind hosts at StoreFrontLab to the cheerleaders and supporters who have helped along the way. Thank you all so so much for all of your effort, your energy, and your willingness to experiment with this social project. And that black cat?! Thanks to Coco the StoreFrontLab cat for entertaining us all weekend long!
I also would like to share a great write up by Erik Neumann of MissionLocal, and launch party photos on SFBG by Bowerbird Photography. I’ll be back later this week with photos, stories, and more thank yous. After 13 workshops, a launch party, and meeting over 300 people over the course of 72 hours, my body is telling me to stop everything and rest. My body is treating me to a nice exhaustion-inflicted sore throat and cold, but I am so glad I made it to Monday without a single meltdown, tear or conflict. It is naps, tea and cat snuggles for me for the rest of the day!