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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

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You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
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- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Napa, Forno Rustico, San Francisco and Tartine Bakery

    I took my wife to Napa for her birthday. I didn't even let her know where she was going until she got to the airport and was checking in!

    We arrived at Oakland on Wednesday about 6 pm and I had reservations for Chez Panisse which was our first visit and was well worthwhile.

    Next day we visited a couple of wineries and shortly after noon we headed for lunch. When we arrived at Forno Rustico she said, "This looks like someone's house! Do you know these people?" To which I said "No!" For those of you who have had classes with Lea Bergen at Forno Rustico you know what was about to happen. For those of you who have not experienced classes with Lea, we highly recommend it! Since I feel quite comfortable with my bread and pizza skills, I had arranged an oven cooking class based on Tapas and paella. The whole thing was fabulous.

    Friday was her birthday and we started with another winery. Then off to lunch at The French Laundry. We found the entire experience "perfect" though we will no doubt opt for Bouchon or Ad Hoc next time! This restaurante deserves its reputation in our opinion. The food was sublime!

    On Saturday we were to have a hot air balloon ride over the valley but rain interfered so...off to another winery and a deli to buy makings for a drizzly picnic. Then off to San Francisco pick up a half loaf of Country bread from Tartine (ordered and reserve that morning by phone). Tartine makes some of the best bread in North America and it was a real treat (see photos). Finally to Pizziaolo in Oakland for dinner - very good in our opinion!

    All-in-all an amazing food weekend which we survived with only a one pound gain - each. But a much lighter wallet! (Ouch!)

    Now back to simple food!
    Jay

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    Re: Napa, Forno Rustico, San Francisco and Tartine Bakery

    Sounds fabulous, you definitely hit most of the best spots, especially for food. I grew up in the Bay Area and school in Berkeley and love the wine country. There is no ad hoc when it comes to The French Laundry, I here it's booked solid 6 mo ahead. Chez Panisse is one of my all time favorites. No Sourdough in SF?
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      I guess Tartine is all about sourdough. Will have to go there.
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        Re: Napa, Forno Rustico, San Francisco and Tartine Bakery

        Hi Texassourdough,
        We finally got to Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. I have to tell you it was everything you described. I even got to watch them slash and load the oven. The bread was fabulous, had a grilled sandwich, mom had the bread pudding (which she couldn't stop raving about) and sis also had a sandwich. All was worth the trip, especially watching them load the oven. Thanks for the tip.
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          Re: Napa, Forno Rustico, San Francisco and Tartine Bakery

          Glad you enjoyed it!

          The thing I love about Chad and Tartine is the dedication to his ideals. The consistency of the bread belies that it is exactly what he wants it to be - and it is fabulous. Certainly not what everyone wants to make, but perfect within the criteria he pursues. And inspiring for with effort we can each arrive at a bread (likely not as extreme as Chad's) that fits our goals!

          You brought back great memories!

          Thanks!
          Jay

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