Thy Tran and the Potluck Brigade Join Feb’s Feast of Words

potluck dish, pho soup

What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St, between 8th and 9th)
When: Tuesday, February 1, 2011. 7:00pm to 9:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm
What else: Tickets are $10 advance, $5 with a potluck dish and $12 at the door.  For more information visit

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck, a monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share.  Join co-hosts Lex Leifheit & Irina Zadov the first Tuesday of each month to discover local chefs and writers, bring a dish on our monthly theme, and participate in our creative competition for edible and literary prizes!

February’s theme is “Sensory Feast.” House opens at 6:30pm and space is limited. Future Feast of Words events will take place on the first Tuesday of each month.

This month’s event will also include a quick-write competition of on-the-spot writing inspired by the theme.

February’s literary guest is Thy Tran. Thy makes a happy living listening, teaching, writing, cooking, traveling and, most importantly, eating. She has 15 years of food industry experience across a wide diversity of disciplines, from restaurants and test kitchens to magazines and newspapers.

Trained as a professional chef, she established Wandering Spoon to provided cooking classes, culinary consultation, and educational programming for culinary academies and nonprofit organizations throughout Northern California. Currently, she is an chef instructor at two respected culinary programs: the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of CA-SF and Tante Marie’s. Thy is also the founder and director of the Asian Culinary Forum, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about Asian food around the world.

She co-authored The Essentials of Asian Cooking, Taste of the World and the award-winning guide, Kitchen Companion. Her work has appeared in numerous other books, such as Asia in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Cultural Travel Guide, and she has written for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Saveur and Fine Cooking.

She specializes in literary nonfiction about food, the rituals of the kitchen, and the many ways eating and cooking both connect and separate communities around the world.

Thy works on cookbooks by day, then creates literary chapbooks by night. An old letterpress and two cabinets filled with wood and lead type occupy a corner of Thy’s writing studio, for she is as committed to the art and craft of bookmaking as she is to the power of words themselves.

February is also the premiere of the Feast of Words Potluck Brigade, a dedicated group of  cooks and writers who are creating and sharing dishes inspired by the month’s theme, “Sensory Feast”:

TASTE – Jason Wyman –
TOUCH – Patti Mangan –
SIGHT – Ramona Soto
SMELL – Jenny Yap
SOUND – Claire Mosher –
SIXTH SENSE – Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe –

About the SOMArts Studio Series
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.

Photo credit: Eli Africa