Three Things to Enliven Shelter In Place, Part 2
Celebrate Tet with A Banh Chung Online Cooking Class
Join in on the festivities for the Vietnamese New Year — from the comfort of your own kitchen — as Los Angeles chef Diep Tran instructs you virtually, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6, with an ingredients kit you can pick up at participating restaurants in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, and New York.
At the end, you’ll have your own sticky rice dumplings to feast on, filled with pork belly, shallots, and mung beans — all wrapped snuggly in banana leaves.
The $46 kit with class also includes a signature New Year dish from the participating restaurant or bakery to enjoy.
Tran, who is also the research and development chef for Red Boat Fish Sauce, has been hosting her Banh Chung Collective for the past nine years. This time, she’ll be streaming from Alma Backyard Farms in Compton.
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Luv’s Brownies Dessert Truck
South Bay chocoholics will be glad to know there’s a new dessert truck in town. Luv’s Brownies, known for its heart-shaped brownies, has launched its own food truck, which will be bringing sweet creations to the San Jose Rose Garden farmers market on Saturdays, and the Cupertino farmers market on Sundays.
Prepare to indulge in heart-shaped brownie ice cream sandwiches, cute little heart-shaped brownies on a stick, and house-made waffle-cone sundaes. Luv’s Brownies come in 14 flavors, including rocky road, coconut caramel, and mint chip.
Inspired by her Cuban heritage, founder Andrea Lacy also serves up Cuban-style coffee drinks.
Luv’s Brownies has actually been around for 25 years as an online bakery. To celebrate its milestone anniversary, it’s also donating a portion of each sale to a scholarship fund to support the education of young people who have overcome adversity. Lacy knows that struggle personally, having discovered she had dyslexia while in her first semester at San Jose State University.
Look for the truck — or simply let your ears guide you, as the Celia Cruz song “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” will likely be blasting from its speakers.
Left Bank Brasserie’s Wine and Cheese Virtual Trivia Night
Time to test your smarts — while imbibing — with a Jan. 29 Wine and Cheese Virtual Trivia Night, hosted by Left Bank Brasserie’s wine director and sommelier Serena Harkey.
The $75 event includes a blind tasting of three wines from Left Bank’s LB Cru Wine Club along with cheese pairings — all of which can be picked up from the restaurant that day, noon to 5 p.m.
Harkey will lead guests through the tasting and a game of wine trivia. The prize for the winner is — ooh la la — a bottle of Champagne.
Twenty percent of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Junior League. Guests who also join the LB Cru Wine Club will have 20 percent of the cost of their first shipment of wine donated to the Junior League, as well.
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