September 17, 2013 at 7 pm
Chef/author Joanne Chang will visit the Bacon Free Library! She will sign and sell copies of both of her books: Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe written with collaborator Christie Matheson; and the brand new Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories written with Michael Harlan Turkell. Joanne will bring along a few snacks for guests to try.
After graduating from Harvard with honors in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and embarking on a management career, Joanne followed her passion instead. She became a professional cook and baker. She worked at Boston's renowned Biba Restaurant; then as a pastry cook at Bentonwood Bakery in Newton; and later, at Rialto Restaurant in Cambridge.
Joanne moved to New York City in the late nineties to work in the cake department of the famed Payard Patisserie and Bistro. Returning to Boston a year later with dreams of opening her own pastry shop, she became pastry chef at Mistral.
In 2000, she opened Flour, a bakery and café, in Boston's South End. Flour features breakfast pastries, breads, cakes, cookies, and tarts as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads. Over the next ten years she opened a second Flour Bakery in the Fort Point Channel area and a third branch in Cambridge near MIT and Central Square. A fourth Flour Bakery opened in Back Bay just recently.
Flour has been featured in Gourmet, Food&Wine, Bon Appetit, and the New York Times. She has received numerous Best of Boston awards.
The real acid test was when she went head to head with Bobby Flay on Food Network’s Throwdown. When the smoke cleared, it was her sticky buns that came out on top. Joanne Chang’s sticky buns and sumptuous lamb sandwich are but two of Flour Bakery’s “Most Loved Sweets & Savories” as the book title suggests. Those attending the Tuesday 7 pm September 17 book signing and tasting at Bacon Free Library in South Natick, MA are advised to arrive early for best seating choices.
Thursdays @ 3:00 PM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION HOUR for ESOL or English Speakers of Other Languages students at the intermediate level is held at Bacon Free Library. No registration needed. Walk-ins welcome. There is no fee.
Tuesday, June 4, from 6:30-7:30 pm
Register for Marjorie Turner Hollman's "Bridging Generations” workshop on writing down personal and family stories. Arrive early. Space is limited. Those interested should bring a family member. A five year old grandchild can bring a grandparent. A teen or an adult can bring a parent. A great grandparent can bring any relation he or she wants.
"In pairs, at the workshop," Marjorie says, “we practice interviewing back and forth. We learn to ask open-ended questions. We use active listening techniques. I can give you great story-starter questions. Expect to surprise yourself with the stories that come to mind,” she warns playfully, “the stories you hear and the stories that bridge generations.”
When the stories are written down and done at the end of the one hour workshop, Marjorie will give the pairs the information they need to self-publish inexpensively so they can be shared with other family members. “Adding these kind of personal stories to the photo album snapshots we usually collect in families brings MANY dimensions and connections,” she said.
“When your child asks ‘Why?’ wouldn’t you like to stop the endless cycle of explanations and learn what she is really thinking? When a family member responds to ‘How was your day?’ with just that one annoying word, ‘ Fine,’ don’t you wish he’d tell you the real story? Come to the workshop. I can help.”
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian, professional storyteller, long-time freelance writer and skilled listener. She is the Coordinator for the Southern New England Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians (APH). Increasing generational connections gives her great joy. Come join her! Call Bacon Free Library for more information 508 653 6730
Sunday, May 19th, 2013, From noon until 4pm, The Friends Of Bacon Free Library will host a tour of the kitchens of South Natick's Historic Homes with a tea included.
Tickets may be purchased for $25 with cash or check at the library or via Paypal with credit or debit card.
Call 508 653 6730 for more information.
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