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Taste & Place: Coffee, Cheese & Climate Change
18 Reasons
San Francisco, CA
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Taste & Place: Coffee, Cheese & Climate Change
Tuesday, October 2, 6-8PM, Ticketed

Climate change is altering the landscape, ecology, and weather of food producing regions around the world. It's also changing the flavor of many of the foods we love. Learn about the threats posed to artisinal food and production at this lecture and coffee & cheese pairing with Thanksgiving Coffee Company's Ben Corey-Moran and Mission Cheese's Sarah Dvorak.

The taste of every craft food is created by a subtle interaction between land, climate, and culture.Climate, in particular, creates a delicately calibrated set of natural factors conducive to production of specific flavors. This class will be begin with an introduction by Calla Rose Ostrander, Climate Change Projects Manager for the City and County of San Francisco, and will feature lectures by Ben Corey-Moran and Sarah Dvorak on the role of climate in coffee and cheese production, aswell as a discussion of the social, economic, and ecological implications of changing climate to these products and their producers.

After a Q&A with Calla, Ben, and Sarah, we will taste a selection of Thanksgiving Coffee's seasonally fresh coffees from Nicaragua paired with cheese selections from Mission Cheese.

About the Presenters

Calla Rose Ostrander is the Climate Action Program Manager for the City of San Francisco where she is responsible for the City's Climate Action Plans and supporting greenhouse gas inventories, advises on climate mitigation and adaptation policies and runs the San Francisco Carbon Fund. In Colorado, she co-authored the Community Climate Action Plan, created the local green business and event certification program, and developed the first municipal carbon offset program in the nation, Canary Tags and was a regular contributor to Edible Aspen magazine.  

After years of dreaming about opening her own cheese shop, Sarah Dvorak left the comforts of her cubicle in the fall of 2009 on a mission, cheese. She traveled across the country visiting dairies and cheesemakers, seeking a deeper knowledge and connection with the craft. On this trip Sarah found the soul for Mission Cheese and in April of 2011 she opened the doors in the Mission District of San Francisco. Mission Cheese exclusively sells and serves American artisan cheeses, focusing on education and community, and celebrating this burgeoning industry.

Ben Corey-Moran was born and raised on the beautiful Mendocino Coast of Northern California and is the President and Director of Coffee at Thanksgiving Coffee Company. Founded in Fort Bragg, CA in 1972 by Joan and Paul Katzeff, Thanksgiving Coffee has worked to combine coffee quality and social responsibility since well before it was fashionable.


18 Reasons (View)
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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