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Convert a Carnivore Day at Millennium
Wed, 5/11/05
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; 25% off!
Bring a Carnivorous Friend into Millennium and you and your friend will receive a 25% discount off your entire bill, excluding alcohol. Convert A Carnivore in 2005!

Sustaining NextCourse
Thu, 5/12/05, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Officers Club at Fort Mason in SF; $75
Some of San Francisco's top sustainably minded chefs are throwing their skills behind a benefit for NextCourse, a nonprofit that works to bring better foods to nutritionally deprived neighborhoods and to promote the use of healthy, local foods. Judy Rodgers of Zuni Cafe, Annie Sommerville of Greens and Thom Fox of Acme Chophouse will cook for the benefit. NextCourse has won the lease on the historic 1877 building, which will continue as an events venue while programs are developed to show the National Park System how to work local, sustainable foods into daily food service. For more information, call (415) 255-7006.

Spring Dinner in the Bay Area
Fri, 5/13/05, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Whole Foods, 1010 Park Place in San Mateo; $30/person
Join Jenny Huston and enjoy the bounties of spring! Chef Huston is an award-winning chef with over 26 years working as a culinary educator, consultant, caterer and in well known restaurants such as SOHO Charcuterie in New York City and Chez Panisse Café and Hayes Street Grill in the Bay Area. Tonight's Menu: Warm Fava Beans with Lemon, Parsley and Garlic on Toast, Petrale Sole with Asparagus and Morel Broth, Fresh Mache Salad, Hazelnut Shortcake with Strawberries. Preregister by clicking the link or calling 650-358-6900.

Kids' Day at the Farm
Sat, 5/14/05
High Ground Organics Farm, 521 Harkins Slough Rd. in Watsonville; Free
Click the link for info and directions.

Meet the Farmer: Robert Lower of Flying Disc
Sat, 5/14/05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Part of the CUESA Education Program. Get the lowdown straight from the producer!

Sat, 5/14/05, 10:00am-11:30am
Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park in Berkeley; $5 ($7 non-resident)
A farm exploration program for kids ages 4-6 years. We will explore the Little Farm, care for animals, do crafts and farm chores. Registration required. Info: 510-525-2233.

Shop with the Chef: Faz Poursohi of Tonno Rosso
Sat, 5/14/05, 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!

Market Tasting: Strawberries!
Sat, 5/14/05, 12:15pm - 12:45pm Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Ferry Building in SF; Free
Part of the CUESA Education Program.

Terra Madre Melting Pot Dinner, III
Sat, 5/15/05
3236 de Forest Rd. in Marina (Carmel area); $35/csa & slow food members, $40/general public
This will be a dinner with the presence of several farmer friends who just got back from the Terra Madre conference in Italy, and they will tell us all about it. In honor of Terra Madre, we will do a "melting pot" dinner, with the three main courses representing the countries that brought the three biggest delegations to the conference: Italy, USA and Brazil. Appetizers will feature a bit of Africa and Asia. (Julia from Mariquita is making the carrot cake for dessert! This is a Slow Food Carmel dinner that's a benefit for a tiny local farm called Everett Family Farm. Email Gaby at for more info.

Allstar Organics at LaFranchi Ranch: Cover Crops, Compost & Spring Planting
Sun, 5/15/05, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Allstar Organics at Lafranchi Ranch, 5300 Nicasio Valley Rd. ¼ north of Nicasio Square Nicasio; $20 MALT members / $ 25 non-members
The Lafranchi Ranch was one of the first to diversify from traditonal livestock agriculture to organic row crops. Randy Lafranchi converted 10 acres of pasture to crops in 1996. Today the land is leased to Allstar Organics, owned by Marty Jacobson and Janet Brown. They grow a selection of crops, including: pumpkins; melons; peppers; strawberries; and prize-winning heirloom tomatoes. Marty and Janet will explain cover cropping and tell us what organic amendments and compost are going into the fields to build productivity. Those who wish to can stay and help plant tomatoes. Pre-registration required.

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour: East Bay - Greenbelt Outing
Sun, 5/15/05, 10:00am - 3:00pm
North Berkeley
Join us in North Berkeley for an easy walking tour of "Bay-friendly" gardens, which protect and enhance the environment while providing beauty, sustenance and wildlife habitat. All participants receive a free tourbook. This guided walk is part of the Bay-Friendly Garden Tour, sponsored by RESERVATIONS REQUIRED at or (510) 444-SOIL by May 2nd.

Savor California tasting and benefit for Slow Food USA
Sun, 5/15/05, 1:00pm-4:00pm
The Barrel Room, Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in St. Helena, Napa Valley; $35.00/person
In support of Slow Food USA, an array of specialty food and beverage producers from Savor California will offer specialty food, wine and beer in a farmers' market setting within the world renowned Culinary Institute of America in St Helena. Come meet the food artisans who produce these unique and completely California-based foods. This event is open to all. Click the link to purchase tickets, or call 877-SLOW FOOD or 718-260-8000. Tickets are not available through the CIA.

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