CUESA | Market to Table Demo: Michelle McKenzie, 18 Reasons

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Michelle McKenzie, 18 Reasons

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:30am to 11:15am

Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. A book signing will follow, and books will be available for purchase from Book Passage.

Michelle McKenzie is the program director and chef at 18 Reasons, a nonprofit community cooking school in San Francisco’s Mission District. She teaches cooking classes, curates the course calendar, and prepares the food for wine dinners and special events. She has a knack for making simple food seem special—at once healthy and hedonistic, elegant and effortless—and is full of amazing tips for making every meal both memorable and attainable.

In Michelle’s new book Dandelion & Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs (Roost Books) she shares more than 150 of her favorite recipes that incorporate these odd, often ugly but good edible plants, all of which are nutritious and delicious additions to family meals and even your familiar home recipes.

Michelle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in nutrition and a minor in biochemistry, giving her a deep understanding of food properties and their complex implications within the human body. She later graduated from The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, where she immersed herself in health-supportive cuisine prepared from whole, organic, and seasonal foods. Michelle has worked at some of the best restaurants in the country, has been featured on the Cooking Channel, and has been a contributor to publications such as Sunset Magazine.

All demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »