Pizza Cooking Class with Carlos Davis
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Using local, seasonal ingredients for the best homemade pizza!
This family-friendly class will outline the proper techniques for a crispy crust and fresh toppings for you to recreate at home! Come ready to make your own pizza and take home new recipes. Ask your child, friend, spouse or neighbor to join you, because this is one price for two people!
We will start with homemade dough, make our own fresh tomato sauce and top it with cheese and locally-sourced vegetables! Carlos will gather ingredients from our Farmer's Market and meat from Porter Road Butcher for you to slice and dice for your own customized pizza.
August 27th, 6 pm
$25 per Pair – ONE price for TWO people
When & Where
Riffs Fine Street Food And Catering
Riffs is a venture composed of two guys who have found a love for the creative outlet that food has become in their lives and the joy that comes from seeing others enjoy their efforts.
In a world where words like local, organic, sustainable and even fresh are overused marketing blah-blah we have two people who don’t use those words, they live them.
The motto of the business is: Eat. Good. Food. This is less a motto than it is a way these guys lived even before it was cool and marketable to do so. ”Good Food” is not only good in flavor but good in the sense that at the end of it you feel like you are glad you ate it. Healthy dishes? Check. Decadent dishes? You bet! But at its core is love, and a love you should be able to taste or something is wrong.
Anywhere you go in the world you find the most amazing and best tasting food from street vendors. Why is that? It is because these cultures had to learn how to cook for real. Are they using the best cuts of meat or the most elaborate ingredients? No. These are people that had to create flavor out of nothing, because they have so little. Yes, certain cultures have made the most amazing dishes from some of the most amazing ingredients. But the REAL cooks, the REAL people they take the less desirable things and make the dishes you search out all your life. You can’t sell that food on TV or at a McDonald’s. But you taste something that was crafted, handed down from generation to generation perhaps. The guys at Riffs have a love for street food that is unparalleled.
So how do you take something from the streets of Bangkok or Oaxaca and expect to do it any justice on the street in Nashville? No more than you can expect to replicate a Jimi Hendrix guitar riff note for note. But what you do is take what you’ve learned from those masters and create. Some things will be note for note, and liberties will be taken with others. This is what you can expect from our food. Like a really good cover band the song list will change, but there will be many standards.
The hope is you will enjoy the food as much as there will be joy bringing it to you.
NASHVILLE SCENE: 2O12 BEST OF NASHVILLE AWARDS - WRITERS CHOICE FOR BEST POP-UP RESTAURANT
BEST POP-UP RESTAURANT: RIFFS FINE STREET FOOD
Riffs has already earned the deserved reputation as one of the best food trucks in town, and that's a crowded field to excel in. (Chef/owners B.J. Lofback and Carlos Davis have also taken the lead in helping to organize the burgeoning food truck fleet.) And this year, with two sit-down dinners served at pop-up locations at Chestnut Street Crossing and Corsair Craft Distillers, the Riffs team proved they have cooking chops that don't suffer from lack of mobility. These guys are ready for a brick-and-mortar location, and their legions of fans would certainly welcome a fixed address to enjoy their eclectic food. --CHRIS CHAMBERLAIN
2O12 NASHVILLE'S BATTLE OF THE FOOD TRUCKS WINNER
Riffs repeats as Battle of the Food Trucks champs!
BEST OF THE BEST IN NASHVILLE STREET FOOD AWARDS
Winner: Best Vegetarian
Winner: Best Taco
Winner: Best Hot Nashville
2nd Place: Best Burger
3rd Place: Best BBQ
Overall Winner of Best of the Best
WINNER OF TRAVEL CHANNEL/HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE FOOD TRUCK FIGHT
2011 NASHVILLE'S BATTLE OF THE FOOD TRUCKS WINNER
NASHVILLE SCENE: 2011 BEST OF NASHVILLE AWARDS - WRITER'S CHOICE FOR BEST FOOD TRUCK
BEST FOOD TRUCK: RIFFS FINE STREET FOOD
Frankly, as far as gambling on food trucks goes in Nashville's culinary craze of the moment, we've rolled sevens every time — whether it's a 2 a.m. slice at Pizza Buds, a gooey Croque Madame at The Grilled Cheeserie, a burger stuffed with goat cheese from Hoss' Loaded Burger, or even a pre-craze contender like Mexico (now anchored on Nolensville near Haywood Lane), home to a scalding salsa verde that amounts to a discount colostomy. And Labor of Love's Philly cheesesteaks are in a class of their own (see Best Philly Cheesesteak entry later in this section). But Riffs, the brainchild of B.J. Lofback and Carlos Davis, has set a bar for originality and consistency that's hard to beat, whether the selection is a spicy Asian beef salad dusted with crunchy noodles, a terrific jerk chicken on skewers or a citrusy fish taco. They embody the energy and variety the mobile-food movement has brought to Nashville's restaurant scene — a tropical breeze currently enjoying the momentum of a hurricane. JIM RIDLEY