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Evenings at the ABC: Delicious Pan Pizza at Home
June 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Artisan Baking Center team of Craig Ponsford and Arielle Giusto for a fun, casual evening class exploring how to create easy and delicious pan pizzas for your family. We will make a few variations – Detroit Style & Sicilian – that you can easily replicate in the home. After creating and baking your pizzas, we will all sit down and enjoy them together!
CRAIG PONSFORD graduated from the California Culinary Academy with top honors and opened Artisan Bakers with his family in Sonoma California in 1992. In 1996 his breads won the Gold medal at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris. He then went on to coach the US Team to victory in 1999. He has coached each U.S. team since and served as U.S. judge at the 2002 and 2005 Coupe du Monde and 2007 Louis LeSaffe Cup held in Argentina. He currently is an instructor at the Artisan Baking Center in Petaluma, California and has his own bakery/innovation center, Ponsford’s Place, in his home town of San Rafael. Craig was an early member of the Bread Baker’s Guild of America and has volunteered as the guild’s chairman for the past eight years. In his teaching at various culinary institutions and in his international consulting for product development and systems optimization he emphasizes quality of ingredients, techniques and product.
ARIELLE GIUSTO has worked in nearly every part of the culinary world – from line cook to sous chef to chef, in restaurants and catering, along with teaching culinary education classes and working in wholesale distribution. She has two restaurant openings under her belt – Mill Valley Beerworks and M.H. Bread & Butter where she created the menu and led the team. Thanks to three years working in distribution with Cowgirl Creamery, she has an expertise in cheese, which combined with her devotion to the farmer’s market helps craft her local and seasonal mentality. She is currently working with her husband’s family – all bread bakers – to run their new Artisan Baking Center in Petaluma, CA.