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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ever Find Yourself Pondering Chutney? This 18 Reasons Event Will Blow Your Mind

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 4:10 PM

click to enlarge There's a bit of Granny McQuade in each jar. Ew. - MCQUADE'S CELTIC CHUTNEYS
  • McQuade's Celtic Chutneys
  • There's a bit of Granny McQuade in each jar. Ew.
If you thought chutney is only from India, get ready to be schooled. This week, 18 Reasons (593 Guerrero at 18th St.) goes all Celtic chutney on us with a special tasting of McQuade's Celtic Chutneys paired with wine and artisan cheese. The event is Thursday, October 1, 7-9 p.m.; suggested donation is $5 for 18 Reasons members, $10 for non-members.

McQuade's chutneys are hand made by chef Alison McQuade, in San Francisco. The Glasgow native uses her granny's recipes -- Granny McQuade was a well-known cook who incorporated fresh ingredients into her food, apparently, a tradition the younger McQuade is now continuing. Her first customer was one of the cowgirls from Cowgirl Creamery, who wanted to order 60 of each flavor. Taste and see what the chutney hoopla is all about -- will it be pineapple-red chili chutney that gets you going? Or perhaps a little fig and ginger? McQuade herself will be on hand to answer your burning chutney questions.

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