Tools to Table: Fall Open House
Saturday, September 10, 2016 | noon-5pm
Celebrate and explore the tools and techniques of creating and consuming food and drink! Tools to Table will feature over a dozen areas of interest: featured food and spirit vendors, creative collaborations, and onstage demonstrations. Guests will catch amazing fiery performances, see exciting demos in our studios, and explore our student and faculty art show displaying the creativity of The Crucible artist community as it relates to tools and utensils.
Our themed Open House events are a great way to learn more about our 56,000 square foot studio and seasonal class offerings.
This year, we are thrilled to announce that our neighbor, James Syhabout, Oakland born and reared, acclaimed chef of two-star Michelin-rated chef of Commis and Hawker Fare will be joining us for a butchery demonstration at 4pm. Chef James is working with a local bladesmith, Jeff Pringle, to create a custom hand forged knife as part of the collaboration and celebration of Tools to Table. Chef James will butcher a 35-pound pig, which will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. In addition, Hawker Fare and Commis will be selling pork buns and garlic rosemary peanuts!
Billy Hiebert will be making candy molds for limited edition cast chocolate coins by Jordan Michael Schuster. Billy is a “sculpturally committed” artist with a lifelong dedication to integrating the processes, materials, techniques, and activities related to clay modeling, molding, casting, and carving. Bay area native, Jordan was long ago nicknamed “Really Wonka” in homage to his penchant for producing chocolatey mischief and glorious delectables in equal measure.
Adam Lamoreaux, our neighbor at the Beer Shed, will be serving a few of his favorite beers in glassware sandblasted by Daniel Stauber. After founding Linden Street Brewery in 2009, Adam, with wife Alice, have been part of countless community projects, social gatherings, and civic services. As The Crucible’s Workshops Manager, Daniel brings together teams of people to create something in the industrial arts. A portion of sales will be contributed to The Crucible.
On the main stage:
- 12:30pm: Fire Performance: Lara Hopwood and Shaina Johnson
- 1pm: Flameworking demonstration: Michael Dickinson
- 2:30pm: Fire Performance: Lara Hopwood and Shaina Johnson
- 3pm: Cocktail demonstration: Roya Spirit signature cocktail with mixologist Erica Compton
- 4pm: Bladesmithing and butchery demonstration Chef James Syhabout and Jeff Pringle
All studios will be doing demonstrations, including:
- Cocktail glasses made in our glass blowing department
- Pedal-powered smoothies with a bicycle blender
- Butchering demonstration on the main stage
- Waffle-making in our foundry with a special Crucible-designed sandcast waffle iron
- Hammered forks and spoons in the smithy
- Chocolate casting in our moldmaking studio
- Fire performance
Learning opportunities, interactive activities, and artful displays:
- Art gallery walk
- Unveiling of our pre-apprentice program public art sculpture in the front yard
- Local artists and small businesses with wares for sale
- Drawing for a free Crucible class
- $25 discount on a class, if registered during the event
Local food vendors will be on site to tempt your palates:
- Eat Play Events & Catering
- Zella’s Soulful Kitchen
- ChickPea Chick
- Far Leaves Tea
- Donut Savant
- No Worries Cuisine Truck
- Hawker Fare and Commis
- Beer Shed
- Wine and beer for sale
- Mandela Market will have a demo table
Open houses are open to the public and children are welcome. Parents of small children will need to pay special attention as this space does have rough edges.
A huge Crucible thanks to Aaronette King, Events Manager at The Dock, who worked closely with Crucible staff on this event.