Bay Area HMC Events
This post is intended to collaborate on ideas for various types of HMC community events to be held in the Bay Area. Please add your ideas in comments at the bottom of the page.
Thanks! – Penelope Gordon, ’87, firstname.lastname@example.org, Moderator
‘Beyond Mudd πs’: a series of food related events to be held once a quarter (or more).
Boudin Bakery Museum – Fisherman’s Wharf
I suggest starting with an event at the Boudin Bakery Museum, one of my favorite SF museums. From their site, “As a special treat, sign up for our Roll with the Bakers program. This unique opportunity will allow you to participate and roll bread with one of our actual bakers. This enjoyable and entertaining program is also available for private events held in the Bakery Museum. Please contact us for more details. For information about Group Tours, please contact our Sales and Events team at 415-928-8882.” Depending on space availability in the Boudin complex or at some other local space (such as the Ferry Building or La Cocina) we should have a Mudd prof/s talk on the biology of wild yeasts and/or the chemistry of bread baking (with homework to read classic (Julia Child) and contemporary (Josey Baker) treatises on bread baking).
La Cocina – incubator for small food businesses in the Mission
Food Banks and Kitchens
I’m thinking that at least one of the events in the series should involve a local food kitchen and a local food bank. For example, serving a meal at GLIDE (http://glide.org/serveameal) followed by a tour of their kitchens. Regarding a food bank visit, instead of the usual event of working a packing line for a few hours I propose doing a behind the scenes tour of the SF Food Bank to understand their processes from buying to volunteer management and marketing communications especially through social media. The objective would be to apply more thinking to what works and doesn’t work in order to both get local Mudd alums collaborating on addressing local issues of hunger and malnutrition and to further propagate best practices to other food banks.
U-Pick and Preserve
Another event should take us fruit picking followed by a lesson in food preservation (pickling, dehydrating, freezing, freeze drying – ooh, ooh… a tour of Just Tomatoes in Westley, canning, …). Cherries (yummmmmmy – cherries straight from the tree are soooooo goooood) are ready for picking in Brentwood late May through early June. Peaches are a possibility as are apples. The advantage of peaches is that commercial pickers usually pick them on the green side so u-pick means that you get a much more flavorful fruit – especially the easily bruised white peaches. Apples could be the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol Aug 9th and 10th followed by a lesson on pressing cider. (There’s interesting DIY instructions online for making your own cider press involving an old dryer (washer?) drum.) Or hoshigaki in the Fall. … I can’t remember the name of the organization (Second Harvest?) but I believe that there’s a group that harvests produce that farmers can’t take to the commercial markets and then donates the harvest to food pantries… but in the Bay Area that may have been phased out since a lot of smaller fruit can be sold in the numerous farmers’ markets and the vendors donate unsold items to the food banks (who do pickup at the markets).
Olive Oil Production
Another great Fall activity is McEvoy Ranch to view the olive oil production process.
SF Ferry Building
Wok Wiz tour
Nob Hill and Chinatown
Non-food East Bay
Newts at UCBG; behind DVC.
Neon Scorpions, Mitchell Canyon near Mt Diablo, September.
Tarantulas mate in early Fall. Places to see them include the Fairy Lantern Trail at Diable Foothills Regional Park and the Mitchell Canyon area of Mount Diablo State Park. Ned Mackay 2021 October 1. Ned Mackay 2013 September 13.
Black Diamond Regional Preserve has the Coal Mine Experience inside the Hazel-Atlas Mine. 2021 Summer EBRPD newsletter: “the Hazel-Atlas Mine transports visitors back in time with an immersive underground experience complete with sights and sounds of an active 1870s-era coal mine that gives visitors a greater understanding and appreciation for the area’s coal mining past.”
In 2021 the former Concord Naval Weapons Station was renamed the “Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the Port Chicago 50”. (As an attorney for the NAACP, Thurgood Marshall advocated for the Port Chicago 50 which in turn led to the desegregation of the U.S. military.)
Arran McNabb ’07, email@example.com, 909.621.8557
Penelope Gordon ’87, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-769-7252