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Tasty Bites 2.8.05
Event updates every week; more extensive edibles every so often

Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday, which means it's time to eat...a lot.

What shall you eat a lot of, you ask? We have two suggestions, not necessarily because they're related to Mardi Gras or Ash Wednesday, but rather, because they're just simply delicious and we like them.

First thing: Tamal Restaurant

It's south of Market, on Howard at 12th Street. It's casual, it's affordable, they use fresh organic ingredients, they serve dishes like Moscovy duck confit tamale with port-soaked cranberries, wrapped in saffron and achiote masa, with a balsamic-pear mojo sauce.....and they have pitchers of fresh pomegranate sangria.

The chef Moaya is a tamale guru (his tamale cooking classes in Sonoma consistently sell out months in advance), and yet he has also mastered other innovative twists like the freshest crab cakes you've ever had (forget bread and egg fillers) with chipotle crema served on baby mizuna with blood orange vinaigrette and fire-roasted corn succotash. Cory, the owner, is a sweetheart, and she may even wait on you.

Check it out and try a selection. Mm, mmm.

Second thing: Lagier Ranches Almond Butter (chunky style).

For some strange reason, John Lagier's almond butter is really, really addictive. Maybe it's because it's made from only pure, organic almonds grown on his local farm. Or maybe it's because you get to choose between fresh roasted or raw, perfectly chunky or gooey smooth. Or maybe it's because it tastes amazing on fresh, sliced fruit. (Actually, it tastes decadently wonderful right this second on chopped bananas.)

In any case, no matter how you like it, you can pick some up at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Tuesday and Saturday.

Dang Corn

After last week's Tasty Bites on Ca-razy Corn, a few of you readers wanted a more reliable source than West Wing about the harm of corn-derived ethanol. (What, a fictional TV show based on reality isn't good enough?)

So, after a quick google, here are a few good articles. One is more entertaining to read than the other. You get to figure out which is which.

Yes, the verdict is the same: Ethanol is costly to store, transport and produce. It requires a LOT of corn, which almost always means more conventional fertilizers. And, the pollution from manufacturing ethanol greatly outweighs the emission benefits of even using it.

And now, on to...

Events This Week

Oliveto Whole Hog Dinners
Tue-Fri, 2/8/05-2/11/05
Oliveto, 5655 College Ave. in Oakland
It's pig time! The wintertime tradition of Italian, French and other farmers taking a hog and preparing it-all of it-for provisions and treats for the upcoming year. Oliveto has been preparing naturally raised whole hogs for several months, filling their larder for this year's Whole Hog Dinners. Click the link for more info about the happy hogs and menu.

2004 VegNews Awards Celebration
Wed, 2/9/05, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; $40 in advance/$45 at the door
The ceremony will be presided over by VegNews Publisher Joseph Connelly and Circle of Life Founder Julia Butterfly Hill. Mayor Gavin Newsom will be present to accept the award on behalf of San Francisco for being the Favorite Veg City! Following the ceremony, there will be appetizers, sweet bites, organic and sustainable wine & beer, Yerba Mate and Teeccino herbal caffeine alternative beverage & Amé sparkling herbal infused juice.

Food from the Heart
Fri-Sun, 2/11/05-2/13/05
Ferry Building Marketplace, Market/Embarcadero in SF
Three day Valentine-themed series of events and benefits. Seasonal hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, tango and salsa dancing, chocolate demos, love potions, aphrodisiac chef demo by Eric Tucker of Millennium Restaurant, and more.... Click the link for more information. Festivities start at 5pm on Friday.

Hawthorne Lane Cooking Class and Lunch
Sat, 2/12/05, 10:30am-2:00pm
Hawthorne Lane, 22 Hawthorne SF;
$80/person, includes wine pairings, tax, gratuity
Hawthorne Lane offers cooking classes taught by chef Bridget Batson and owner David Gingrass. Each cooking class begins with mimosas, bubbly and freshly brewed Graffeo’s coffee in the bar, and concludes with a fabulous luncheon featuring the menu of the day. For reservations, call Colleen Finnerty at 415-777-5667 or email Space is extremely limited.

San Francisco Food Alliance Meeting
Tue, 2/15/05, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Fort Mason, Officers' Club in SF; Free
The meeting will include: a presentation on the nutritional wisdom of traditional peoples; a discussion of the San Francisco Food and Agriculture Report Card; and updates from active Food Alliance working groups and projects, including District 10 and Eastern Neighborhoods Community Health Impact Assessment. Info:

Feed the Fire!

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