I’m fascinated with food and wine pairings. But I have to admit, I never really considered food and coffee pairings. I love the flavor of coffee, but I’m not a coffee drinker. Somehow the idea of pairing food with coffee sounds like something your grandmother would do when she eats at a diner. But maybe that’s precisely the reason Starbucks is working to bring the two concepts, food and coffee, closer together.

In fact, Starbucks has just launched a collaboration between their master blender, Andrew Linnemann and chef Marcus Samuelsson. They are on tour now, showing off coffee and food pairings. Samuelsson is an interesting choice of partner because he was born in Ethiopia (land of coffee) and yet grew up and learned to cook in Sweden (land of coffeecake?). His influences are far-reaching and his style is very unique often pairing unexpected flavors.

The pairs listed on the Starbucks web site that match coffee blends with a caramelized apple pecan coffee cake or a chocolate cinnamon bread seem somewhat mundane, but the recipes featured in by Samuelsson are a bit more surprising such as Mango Couscous, Beef Stir-Fry and Pineapple Cashew Salad.

Attend a free tasting event with Marcus Samuelsson and Andrew Linnemann

Wednesday, August 29th – – TODAY!
1 – 2:30 pm @ Starbucks
2727 Mariposa St
San Francisco

The event should be eye opening, to say the least!

Note: I know it’s late notice but I only heard about this yesterday. If you end up going, please do share your impressions in the comment section!

Coffee is Culinary (so says Starbucks) 11 April,2008Amy Sherman


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
magazines in the U.S. and the world.

In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
guest contributor to the Epicurious.com blog, and
Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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