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Tasty Bites 3.22.05
Event updates every week; more extensive edibles every so often

The Dirty Dozen

Conventional fruits & veggies: Train them! Excite them! Arm them! Then turn them loose on the Nazis!

Oh, hmmm, that's the tagline for the 1967 Dirty Dozen film.

We're actually talking about the Dirty Dozen of Produce, yes, that's right: The 12 most potent conventionally-grown perpetrators. These bad boys have been shown to have consistently higher levels of toxic residues - even after washing and peeling.

In fact, if you choose all organic substitutes for these conventionally-grown items, studies show that you can reduce your pesticide intake by up to 90%!

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Red Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
For your own health, choose organic whenever possible, especially for these chemically-laden conventionals.

Read more about organics and its effect on you & the environment.

Dig deeper in the Dirty Dozen study conducted by the Environment Working Group.

Download a handy wallet-size card for shopping.

Events This Week

American Beef & CA Cabernet:
Mecca's Food & Wine Series, Pt I

Tue-Sat, 3/22/05-3/26/05
Mecca Restaurant, 2029 Market St. in SF
Reflecting a renewed focus on the diet, heritage and sustainable ranching practices of domestic beef, Mecca and Exec. Chef. Stephen Barber present an a la carte menu featuring naturally-raised beef from five specialty producers. Seven of No. California's top wineries will be pouring their best Cabernet Sauvignons to complement the meal. The week will also feature items from Chef Barber's signature, seasonal menu, featuring produce from their own Napa Valley farm, Tucker Ranch.

California Agricultural Symposium: Technology, Marketing, Challenges, Management, Policy
Wed-Thu, 3/23/05-3/24/05
Hilton Hotel, Arden West in Sacramento
Cutting-edge information on water, trade, environmental pressures, sustainability, biotechnology and more. Commodity-specific topics ranging from the development of salt tolerant alfalfa varieties to the technology for growing mushrooms from recycled urban waste. A unique opportunity to participate in the renaissance of California agriculture. Limited to 300 participants.

Spring Equinox Menu - Millennium Restaurant
Thu, 3/24/05-3/27/05
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF;
$45/person & $20/Central California Wine Pairing
In honor of the upcoming Spring Equinox, Chef Eric Tucker & his culinary team have created a beautiful spring prix fixe menu celebrating Central California's finest farm produce. Far too delightful for just one evening, we have opted to offer the 4-course menu in addition to our daily menu over the entire weekend of March 24-27. So, start thinking about your fanciest pastel wardrobe and reserve your spot today! Reservations available nightly from 5:30pm.

Film: The Future of Food
Thu, 3/24/05, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way in Berkeley; Free
An in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled the U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. The film examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat and explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as the real solutions to the farm crisis today. Info: 510-548-2220 x233.

Shop with the Chef: Mourad Lahlou of Aziza
Sat, 3/26/05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Part of the CUESA Education Program. See and taste the seasonal produce local chefs are buying and cooking!

Cooking Demonstration & Book Signing ~ Molly Stevens & Fran McCullough, editors of The Best American Recipes
Sat, 3/26/05, 11:45am - 12:30pm
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free

Easter Dinner at Incanto Restaurant
Sun, 3/27/05
Incanto Restaurant, 1550 Church St., Noe Valley in SF
Featuring, you guessed it: roast spring goat. This promises to be a fun celebration of Italian Easter food traditions.

Farmers Appreciation Dinner at Incanto Restaurant
Mon, 3/28/05
Incanto Restaurant, 1550 Church St., Noe Valley in SF
Our second annual Farmers Appreciation Dinner at Incanto; we'll be hosting our favorite local farmers so they can bask in your adoration. One of last year's most popular special dinners.

Feed the Fire!

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