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Oysters, Ale and More - Sept. 18th

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 5:30p.m Woodley Island Marina is the place to BE!!! 

Oysters, Ale and More takes place under the BIG tent at the beautiful Marina on Woodley Island. Attendees will enjoy an evening of auction bidding, dancing to the cool tunes of Hip Joint, tasting fantastic local products and drinking frosty libations, all to benefit Humboldt Made. 


Guaranteed to be great fun you will enjoy yummy local food including oysters and beef, listen fantastic music and have the opportunity to bid on cool auction items, all under the tent at the beautiful Woodley Island Marina. 

The Hip Joint will perform Slam Jazzy Funk Bop Tunes with a Cherry on Top!

 Mia Casasanta, Songwriter, songbird and rhythm whisperer ~ 

Cory Goldman, String Tickler to the Gods ~

Mike Tofu Schwartz, Beats 'n Boom ~ 

Chuck Johnson, Curly haired thump pumper ~ 

Justin Schwartzman, The Reed-Nastier Key-Master


Humboldt County's Celebrity Auctioneer AND County Supervisor Rex Bohn will be auctioning off some fabulous items. 

Tickets are $30 and include six tokens to be used for local food and drink with additional tokens available for purchase. 


Tickets can be purchased online at:

and beginning Tuesday, August 24 at Wildberries Marketplace and Eureka Natural Foods

Humboldt Made is a community of makers and producers that partners with retailers, restaurateurs and community organizations dedicated to promoting the things that make Humboldt County great. Humboldt Made offers one-on-one consulting, workshops, special events, brokerage services and digital marketing in order to help launch, build and grow Humboldt County businesses.


For More Information email or call Debi at 707-845-3873


THANK YOU for supporting Humboldt Made

Camels and Cauliflowers – Just Another August Day in Humboldt County

Humboldt’s camels come in two forms – the real ones you can ride at the County Fair, starting today, and the two-legged Camel Sisters, otherwise known as Dell’Arte alums Meghan Frank and Janessa Johnsrude, appearing at the Arcata Playhouse on Saturday night.

camel sisters

While it’s unlikely I’ll be riding a camel at the fair (I rode one in the deserts of Tunisia a long time ago, and I’d prefer to remember the Sahara at dawn, thanks all the same!), I will be visiting with the Camel Sisters, who also identify as Glitter Gizzard, when they’re in town. This time, their performance is rooted in the absurdist poetry of Oleg Navolska, a Ukrainian prisoner in the 1920s, and involves a nefarious death-worm, dark imagined worlds, and an exploration of the true nature of identity. What could go wrong?

And then there are the cauliflowers. Cauliflower season is in full swing at the farmers’ market, with luscious balls of goodness available in your choice of white, golden, or stunning purple (plus those crazy alien-looking romanesco green guys – of which more another time.


I’m a sucker for the exotic look in a vegetable, so I was playing this week with purple cauliflowers from Warren Creek Farms. Roasting is a great way to keep the color and crunch intact, and everyone likes butter, right? So here’s a delicious combination:

Roasted Cauliflower with Mustard Butter (serves four)

  • 1 head cauliflower, split into bite-sized florets
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 stick butter (4 oz) at room temperature
  • 1 T your favorite mustard
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 T fresh herbs (I used oregano)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spread cauliflower florets on a baking tray
  3. Mash together the butter, garlic, mustard, shallot, and herbs with a fork or food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Generously dot the cauliflower florets with the mustard butter and roast for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice to ensure the butter gets everywhere.

Serve hot over a bed of fresh arugula or your other favorite greens. Enjoy!

Oh, and don’t forget you can meet some of the Humboldt Made makers at Wildberries this Saturday, too – they’re hosting a Humboldt Made party from noon to 4pm. See you there?

Another Helping of Green Bean Deliciousness

My green beans are at their peak in the garden right now, so I’m making the most of them! This delicious recipe combines the snap of fresh beans with the richness of shi’itake mushrooms and the heat of Asian spices.

Like any stir-fry, the key to good results is prepping everything ahead of time so you can toss ingredients into the hot pan and cook them quickly for maximum flavor.

Spicy Asian Green Beans

Spicy Asian Green Beans

Green Bean Goodness

I harvested the first of my green beans this week, so it seemed like a good opportunity to find a yummy new way to eat them. This salad uses the beans, plus some fresh fennel, early Gravenstein apples, and sweet walla walla onion from the farmers’ market, all wrapped up with a tangy mustard dressing and crowned with hard-boiled egg. Thanks to Uniquely Yours chef Alex Begovich for the concept, which I have of course tweaked liberally!

Green Bean & Fennel Salad

More Mad River Merriment!

Well, Mary Jane has sold her final pound of Humboldt’s finest and danced off the stage of the Emerald Ball for the last time – at least until the movie comes out next year. It’s been a heck of a ride, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it – as I have of the other Mad River Festival shows thus far.

Mad Lab was everything I’d hoped for, and more. Zuzka Sabata’s The Saga of Spantsa was an eye opener, and not even close to what I was expecting, which made it even more fun – a fascinating insight into a little-told herstory, all from a book Zuzka bought for her mom. And Pratik Motwani’s Goloconda, performed with James Peck and Sarah Peters, is well on the way to becoming a classic Dell’Arte-esque piece in the spirit of The Three Trees (which I could watch a hundred times without tiring of it). Monkey was sheer delight, turning cultural exchange on its head for a rapturous full house of all ages, and I have high hopes for Pansy tonight (Wednesday).

submarine show


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