Local Food Network star focuses on artisanal producers 

Aida Mollenkamp, the San Francisco resident and host of the Food Network’s “Ask Aida” and the Cooking Channel’s “FoodCrafters,” will attend a fundraiser for Homeward Bound of Marin on Aug. 17. For more about the event, visit www.hbofm.org.

I read somewhere that you used to be a ballerina. Is that true? Well, not professionally, but yes, I danced for like 20 years.

How did you make the transition to cooking? I wanted to be a professional dancer, and then I tore my ACL in high school. That made the transition for me.

How did you come up with your newer show, “FoodCrafters”? It was more of a collaborative idea. I kept saying, “We’re always talking about farmers and chefs and competitions, but what about our smaller food producers? They don’t have their stories told.”

What do you mean by the small food producers? The artisanal producers.

Do you have favorite restaurants here in The City? [Living] in the Lower Haight, there’s a lot of places nearby that I love. One is the Alembic. I try to get over there to try their latest cocktail creations whenever I’m around. And for faster bites, I love Nopalito and Kasa Indian.

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