Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck

When: Tuesday, November 15, 7PM (house opens at 6:30PM)

Where: 934 Brannan St. (Between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 with a potluck dish, cash bar.

What Else: This month’s theme is is “Objectified”

Feast of Words is a monthly potluck hosted by Irina Zadov and Lex Leifheit where writers and foodies come together on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to eat, write, and share.

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Angie Chau, author of “Quiet As They Come” will read “Arcade Games,” a reflection on food and desire. Foodies and writers can enjoy tasty eats contributed by our culinary guest and potluck participants. Chau will be joined by Ren Buenviaje of Renby’s Sugar Shoppe who will prepare a lusty version of her gluten-free Pan-Asian cuisine.
The event will also include a short, on-the-spot writing exercise on the theme “objectified.” House opens at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November, 15 2011 and space is limited. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 with a potluck dish, or $12 at the door, cash bar. Purchase tickets online at feastofwords.eventbrite.com.

This November the exhibition Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze inspires the theme. Man as Object looks deeply at men from the perspective of women and transgender artists and presents 117 works of art which reverse conventional hierarchies in the culture of display. Man as Object is on view in SOMArts’ Main Gallery Nov. 4–30, opening Nov. 4, 6–9PM.

Chau was born in Vietnam. She earned a BA in Southeast Asian Culture and Political Economy (ISF) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of California, Davis, where she was the fiction editor for The Greenbelt Review.

She has been awarded a Hedgebrook Residency and a Macondo Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the Indiana Review, Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, Slant, the anthology Cheers to Muses. In 2009 she won the UC Davis Maurice Prize in Fiction. Her debut story collection, “Quiet As They Come,” was released by IG Publishing in 2010. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, eating with friends, swimming in the sea, listening to a good story, and reading before bed.

Buenviaje was raised in a Chicago home where the stove was primarily used for boiling water and baking was a myth. Nonetheless, by the time she was 17 she had developed an affinity for baking, making cookies from scratch and attempting cheesecakes in her mom’s $15 toaster oven. A job with the City of Chicago Farmers’ Markets after high school enabled her to interact with food artisans and growers, solidifying her interest in food and cooking.

Although Buenviaje currently works as a full-time technology director, she spends her off time working in professional kitchens, most recently at San Francisco’s Sour Flour and New York’s wd~50. She founded Renby’s Sugar Shoppe  in August 2010 as a way to share her passion for baking with her gluten-intolerant family and friends and is now constantly in the kitchen developing new, gluten-free versions of classic sweet treats.

The SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) Studio Series is an informal assemblage of arts classes and events designed to encourage the production of contemporary work by artists of all ages and skill levels in San Francisco.