The first year we lived in San Francisco was also the 1906 earthquake centennial. The whole city planned commemorations, documentary specials and other events. And Rob and I had our first earthquake blackout party. Macabre? A little. But also a nice way to celebrate our fair city's resilience.
This year, the earthquake anniversary is on Saturday and we're having another party with friends. Here's the recipe:
Appetizer: Mixed "sundries" including nuts and dried fruit.
Dinner: A big pot of cioppino will be the star of the show (light on the clams and mussels, heavy on the crab). The hearty stew originated with San Francisco's Portuguese fishermen. Sourdough bread and a green salad on the side.
Dessert: Irish coffee, another San Francisco classic. Layered trifle with strawberries will be very "geology."
Decoration: A plain table set with a white tablecloth, silver flatware and lots of candles. No electricity allowed.