February 3, 2014

Austin food experts host preservation workshops at Jam and Jive eventFood experts from the Austin area gathered for the Jam and Jive event in late January. The $75 ticket price gained foodies access to workshops hosted by chefs and artisans, according to Edible Austin. Additionally, there was a farm-to-table dinner designed and prepared by Travaasa Austin executive chef Ben Baker. The evening wrapped up with a Jive Dance Party featuring American and European folk music and pop tunes from the ’20s to present times. Attendees were also offered dance lessons.

According to CultureMap Austin, Stephanie McClenny, an award-winning jam maker from Confituras?, hosted a workshop on chocolate strawberry jam. She also revealed tips on how to make the home canning process much easier.

Abigail Lunde of Oh Kimchi Austin spoke with eventgoers about the art of making Korean kimchi.

Travaasa’s own Chef Baker taught people how to make sourdough bread, and stressed the importance of sterilizing tools. Additionally, he spoke about paying attention to external conditions such as the weather, which can affect the end result of the bread. Baker’s farm-to-table dinner featured deviled eggs and pickled cauliflower.

If you attend an Austin culinary school you no doubt have a vested interest in food news. Look out for events such as this one to stay in the know about the city’s culinary scene.