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Our Next Dinner: July 11, 2011

Hi y’all! We know things have been a little quiet the last couple of months but we’re excited that Chef Peter is the exec chef at new restaurant, Toast Wine Lounge on College Avenue in Oakland. To celebrate his new gig, we’re throwing a dinner on Monday, July 11, for $35! Buy tickets here!  You’ll also find us at Eat Real again this year and Boucherie is available upon request. We were selling at the Underground Farmer’s Market but it’s future is TBD since health inspectors shut it down last week.


We hosted a fabulous dinner at The Corner, a former restaurant that has reopened its doors to a rotating cast of pop-up restaurants. More pics here >

Canvas at the Corner - Diners


Canvas Dinner @ House Kombucha

House Kombucha - Vera Devera (c) 2011

House Kombucha - Vera Devera (c) 2011

From the SF Weekly:

The rundown: At the intersection of live cultures and cultural experience, the earnest apostles at House Kombucha are teaming up with the arty foodsters of Oakland’s Canvas Underground for a dinner you never you knew you wanted. With eyebrow-raisers like kombucha bacon with green tea soba noodles; tomatillo and avocado soup with white tea/orange blossom kombucha; and scallop crudo with beet tartare and a kombucha-serrano chile mignonette, this event begs the question: Are you ready to trip the light kombucha?

Our diners were treated to a tour of the brewing facility at House Kombucha and sampled plenty throughout the night. We want to give a special shout out to House Kombucha founder, Rana Chang; Sky, her kick-ass jill-of-all-trades intern (and super volunteer server); and master brewers, Walter and Ben, for having us cook dinner with their delicious kombucha. The sun blossom kombucha is amazing and Vera must’ve drank nearly a gallon by herself (and felt a bit of a buzz — of bliss, perhaps?).

Check out more photos here >>

and some from diner, Laura:

Chocolate Budino - Canvas Underground

Chocolate budino prepared by Chef Peter Jackson

House Kombucha brined bacon

House Kombucha brined bacon by Chef Peter Jackson

Happy New Year

We hope you’re having a great start to 2011. Last week, Chef Peter and I  participated in SomArts’ Feast of Words, a really cool project headed by Irina Zadov and Lex Leifheit. In the next two weeks, we’ll be representing at the Underground Farmer’s Market (1/15) and the Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM (1/26). We’re also looking for a San Francisco venue for dinner on February 13 — hit us if you know of a place. Eat with you soon!

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, January 15: ForageSF’s Underground Farmer’s Market, ( Look for our Boucherie booth where you can pick up some tasso, andouille and Meyer lemon cured bacon. We’ll have samples and recipes available. See you there!
  • Wednesday, January 26: Canvas is hosting a booth at the next Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM discussion on Street Food: Off the Grid and Underground. Please join us! Speakers feature our friends Shakirah Simley of Slow Jams and Iso Rabins of Forage SF.


Recap + Recipe: Feast of Words

Chef Peter making lefse

Chef Peter making lefse, mobile photo by Vera Devera

The theme for January’s Feast of Words was “Blurred Identities” and featured the writing of Faith Adiele, who’s Nordic/Nigerian and America. I cooked an African stew and paired it with my version of the traditional Norwegian potato flat bread known as lefse. If you happen to be Norwegian, (or a student of Scandinavian cuisine) you might notice that these are not traditional lefse. I jazzed them up with some dill and lemon, and since I don’t own a correlated rolling pin, a pastry cloth covered board, a lefse stick etc, I came up with my own improvised technique (described below) which I think worked out pretty well. – Chef Peter

  • 4 cups riced potatoes (preferably made from mature russets), cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 sprigs dill, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon, very finely grated

Add everything to the potatoes and mix until smooth and evenly mixed. Preheat a griddle or large non stick pan over medium low heat for 2-3 minutes. Scoop a ¼ cup lefse and roll between your palms to make a smooth ball. Place the dough between 2 pieces of waxed paper about 1′ x 1′. Roll the dough out as thinly as you can, keeping the lefse as even a thickness as possible. If you are making many lefse at once you can refrigerate the rolled out lefse and then cook them one after another.

To cook the lefse, peel the top layer of waxed paper off the lefse, and place the dough side down on the griddle or pan. Let the lefse cook for a few minutes minutes, then peel off the top layer of paper. Check the lefse after a few minutes. When the under side is light golden brown, flip and cook for another few minutes. Stack the cooked lefse on a plate between paper towels.

The Bees’ Knees: Locavore-Wine Dinners

Canvas is excited to join forces with the Beehive Market. Together, we are hosting a series of wine-pairing locavore dinners, with ingredients sourced from the Beehive, like Soul Food Farm Chicken and Rio de Parras produce.

Here are upcoming events:


We hosted a fabulous dinner on the docks at Aloha Seafood last Saturday, September 18.  Thirty-five adventurous foodies braved the trek out to Pier 45 and were the envy of tourists en route to Alcatraz by boat. As the sun set, everyone braved the fog and feasted on Crispy Scallop Hash, Day Boat Scallops, Back Yard Gravenstein Apples, Avocado, “Sea Foam;” Spicy Gazpacho, Wild Caught Texas White Prawns, Crème Fraiche “Ice Cream;” Local Albacore Tuna “Confit”, White Corn, Fresh Legumes, Lobster Mushrooms, Wild Arugula and Chocolate Miso Cake with Sour Peaches, Ginger Caramel Sauce.

Mitch Gronner, co-owner of Aloha, gave our lucky guests a tour and an insider’s view on Aloha’s elite list of clients, including French Laundry, Bouchon and Ad Hoc. Singer-songwriter, Adriana Marcela, entertained guests with witty songs like “Scooby Doo.”

Canvas Aloha Dinner 9/18/10 - Pier 45

Aloha Seafood's Top Clients

Canvas' Tuna Confit over Black Eyed Peas

The talented Adriana Marcela

Hot August Nights: Canvas at Eat Real!

Fast Forward.

Oakland Hills Dinner

We’ve got exciting news — Canvas will be at Eat Real Fest (Jack London Square) on August 29! Please follow @canvasundergrnd on Twitter and tell your friends! We’re sharing a stall with Devil’s Gulch Farms and serving up delicious pulled rabbit and pulled pork sandwiches. We’re also unveiling our newest project: Boucherie!

August 15: Wine maker, Patrick Bowen, of Fat Grape Wines, just finished bottling his wines. The few diners who snagged tickets to this exclusive event got to sip on selections from his labeled and non-labeled private reserve. Here’s a peek at the menu that Chef Peter Jackson dished up: Golden Tomato Broth with White Corn Ravioli, Summer Squash and Blossoms, Opal Basil; Black Eye Pea Crusted Halibut with Pea Shoots, Grilled Boucherie Tasso, Rock Shrimp Perlau, Roasted Gypsy Pepper Remoulade; Rye Whiskey Chocolate Cake, Blueberry Caramel, Toasted Lemon Marshmallows and more! 


Enzo butchers suckling pigJuly 25: Canvas hosted “The Great Porchetta” at Patti and John’s awesome loft in West Oakland. Bread n’ Butter, featuring Melissa Hudson Bell, Celine Alwyn and Hannah Schwadron kicked off the soiree with porchetta-inspired choreography. Check out their inventive performance involving a bulb of fennel and more here. Expert butcher, Enzo, showed us how to debone a suckling pig and diners feasted on porchetta alla romana, stuffed with fresh Italian sausage and over polenta. More photos here>>

July 11: About 30 guests flocked from as far as Sacramento for a summer-inspired dinner — on a basketball court — in the Oakland Hills. We stuffed ourselves with sweet corn soup topped with roasted garlic mousse and barbecued beef bavette marinated in Linden Street Black Lager. The Kerchers of Hidden Kitchen indulged us with their famous crema di limoncello with dessert — a stonefruit tart.Scallops More photos here>>

Shout out to Brittany Piehl for snapping such beautiful photos of these two events as well as the all-volunteer crew including Christina of East Bay Dish, Jeni C., and Dario B.!

Hold onto your forks ’til next time,

Vera + Chef Peter + Canvas crew

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Vino Veritas!

Last night, the Guerilla Dining Collective hosted by Battledish and comprised of Canvas Underground, Graffeats and Radio Africa, wined and dined over 90 guests at the Dogpatch Studios in San Francisco. The six courses were each paired with wines from Oregon’s Phelp Creek Wines.

The Shants — with our longtime friend, Carver on bass — rocked the crowd with Southern indie tunes.

Highlights from the menu included Radio Africa’s lavender-cumin roasted duck, Canvas’s beef shank with agrumato (lemon) oil and bone marrow, and Graffeats’ cool green gazpacho with fennel and poached shrimp.

Here’s a snippet of Canvas Undergrounders (Nicole + Dustin) review of the night:

A Feature in Israel & Fine Living Network

Earlier this month, we were featured in the Israeli gastronomic magazine “Al Hashulchan.” Also, if you didn’t catch us for the premiere of “X-treme Eating” on the Fine Living Network, the show airs again May 16 (8pm PT), May 17 (12am PT), May 20 (6pm PT), May 21 (10pm ET), May 28 (7pm PT), and May 29 11pm PT). We’re the second segment! Click here to watch the preview on YouTube.

Israeli gastronomic magazine "Al Hashulchan"