Need some fresh ideas for the approaching fall and winter entertaining season? If so, you likely can get some Saturday during the day-long grand opening of the East Bay Culinary Center along north 12th Street.
The cooking demonstrations start at 8 a.m. with Ann Martin Rolke of Sacramento, author of "Hands-Off Cooking: Low-Supervision, High-Flavor Meals for Busy People" and a principal contributor to the local food blog www.sacatomato.com, and continue every hour on the hour until 5 p.m. Other participating cooks include chocolatier Ginger Elizabeth Powers of Masque Ristorante (9 a.m.), chef Tim Jordan of Old Soul Bakery (10 a.m.), and chef Adam Pechal of the pending restaurant Tuli Bistro (1 p.m.).
In the meantime, other demonstrations and samples will be given by chef Andrea Hoffman of the Auburn bakery Blatters by Hoffman, Jim Mills of Produce Express and Suzanne Ashworth of Del Rio Botanicals in West Sacramento, and Raul Soto of the food cart company Super Churro and his new downtown restaurant, The Whole Enchilada, among others.
East Bay Culinary Center is the new demonstration area of the Sacramento branch of East Bay Restaurant Supply Inc. of Oakland, which sells kitchen gear to consumers as well as restaurateurs. Carolyn Kumpe is the center's culinary event coordinator. The store is at 522 N. 12th St., Sacramento.