Los Angeles

Event Announcement: Get to Know Your Heritage Turkey

Our friends in the Santa Barbara convivium have invited members and friends of the Los Angeles convivium to join them for this exceptional event:

Chef Kathleen de Chadenedes, leader of the San Luis Obispo Convivium, has offered to share her experience on how best to cook the succulent heritage turkeys. Below is her description of the class program:

In this demonstration class, you’ll learn about the many delicious options the heritage turkey provides from a confit of the legs to a gently poached breast with a Sherry and Mushroom Veloute. Two different roasting methods will be shown: inserting a maple rosemary compound butter under the skin and stuffing with chestnuts, fennel and pancetta. We’ll discuss how the heritage turkeys differ from the Broad Breasted Whites and how to bring out the best in your heritage bird.

While our birds cook, we’ll prepare some delicious new side dishes that you can incorporate into your holiday repertoire: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pecans; Wild Rice and Scallion Crepes (served with the turkey confit); Baked Winter Squash with Olive Oil, Garlic and Fresh Herbs; Apple Beet Puree and a Chipotle Sweet Potato Gratin.

A group meal will follow, and the Santa Barbara convivium is attempting to arrange for a local winery to present the best wines to serve with this feast.

When: Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm
Where: The home of Dick and Margaret Fuller, 667 Wakefield Road, in Goleta
Cost: $75 per person for Slow Food members, $85 for nonmembers

To sign up for the class: Please send an email to Laurence M. Hauben to reserve, and mail your check (payable to Slow Food Santa Barbara) to 814 San Roque Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Credit card payments will also be accepted via PayPal; please mention this when you reply and details will be sent to you.

Locally, organically fed heritage turkeys can be purchased directly from local farmer Katherine Anderson from Blue Oak Ranch for $7 a pound for hens, $5 a pound for toms. Call 805.689.8657 or go to the Blue Oak Ranch web site. Heritage turkeys can also be ordered at Lazy Acres for $5.99 a pound.