Are you considering attending Slow Food Nation this year? If you are, consider joining members of the Los Angeles convivium on a gastronomic Road Trip outside the city. Explore the pristine Tomales Bay, enjoy a tour of Cowgirl Creamery, pick up some lunch essentials in Pt. Reyes Station or the Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop, visit the Hog Island Oyster Farm, and enjoy a potluck oyster roast and barbecue.
This event will make a great day trip outside the city but you might also consider driving up the day before so you can enjoy the bay or eat in some of the great local restaurants such as the Station House or Manka’s Inverness Lodge.
9:30am: Leave SF for Marin; drive takes around an hour but the tour starts promptly so leave early or drive up the night before
11:00am: Meet up in Tomales Bay
11:30am: Tour of Cowgirl Creamery at Tomales Bay. Watch them make cheese, buy picnic provisions, take a walk around charming town, visit independent bookstore, Marin Sun Farm Butcher Store, etc.
1:30pm: Leave Tomales Bay for Hog Island, drive takes around 30 minutes
2:00pm: Picnic area reserved at Hog Island Oyster Farm includes access to barbecue, shucking tools, and lemons. They will provide a quick overview of oyster shucking. You may purchase and shuck fresh oysters and eat them raw or grill them with garlic butter in the local style. Guests may bring any other picnic foods they wish, including beer and wine. The barbecue is essentially potluck but we will provide fire, grilling tools, condiments, plates, utensils, napkins, and cups as well as Marin Sun Farms weenies and buns. We encourage you to share.
When: Friday, August 29, 2008 (schedule as noted above)
Where: Meet in Point Reyes Station at Cowgirl Creamery
Cost: $35.00 per person for adults; $20 per child under 12 years of age. Event limited to 20 people. Priority will be given to Slow Food members.
Attire/Precautions: Wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. If you intend to shuck oysters, consider bringing a shucking glove to protect your hand and/or your own tools. Maximum of four people per reservation. Please carpool if possible. Each child under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Porta potties are available.
Email your reservation request to judibikel [at] aol [dot] com with the number in your party (adults + children) and the name of the Slow Food convivium to which you belong. Because of the strict space limits I will ask you to reconfirm after you’ve made your travel arrangements. Please also let me know if you are you interested in carpooling. Do you need space in a car? Do you have space in a car?