Natalia Bushyager & Leigh Loper, Picnic on 3rd

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Natalia Bushyager & Leigh Loper are the innovative young chefs behind Picnic On Third, a culinary cafe in South Park that features an entirely new menu every day. The two bring a complimentary – if not unorthodox – style to cooking that never disappoints. At Picnic On Third, their menus are rooted in seasonality, but they take inspiration from hyper-local international cuisines, emerging trends in the food world, and occasionally whimsical concepts driven by their passion du jour. The intent is to make wholesome food accessible for a fair price, and to inject a bit of creativity into the daily lunch routine.

Natalia’s experience in food goes back to tending the garden as a child in South Carolina (which continues to be a major influence on her cooking style). Her experience as a cook includes Bay Area legends such as Chez Panisse, Camino, and Foreign Cinema, where she met her future business partner. Leigh, a ferocious consumer of any cookbook or food magazine she can get her hands on, was a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Napa. She has cooked at Quince (now a 3-star Michelin restaurant) and Foreign Cinema, and honed her baking skills with Josey Baker at The Mill.

All demos take place in the CUESA Classroom (under the white tents in front of the Ferry Building) and are free to the public, with recipes and samples for all.