Join chef and tea connoisseur Eric Gower, author of The Breakaway Cook, for a talk and demonstration about matcha from its ancient cultivation, to the development of the Japanese tea ceremony, to matcha’s contemporary comeback as a coffee alternative noted for its legendary health benefits! An artisanal coldbrew matcha tasting and dessert pairing will be offered.
Co-sponsored by Asia Society.
Eric Gower is an author, ghostwriter, editor, tea entrepreneur, cooking instructor, and private chef. He writes a popular column for the San Francisco Chronicle called "The Breakaway Cook," maintains a popular blog of the same name, founded an artisanal green tea company called Breakaway Matcha, and is the author of four cookbooks: The Breakaway Vegetarian Cook, The Breakaway Cook, The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen, and Eric’s Kitchen. He lives and works in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.
The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.
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