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WED Events

Sure, we're hosting our Sustainable Cuisine program, but there are literally hundreds of other organizations hosting other cool things to do and see, including exhibits, tours, speakers, green markets, conversation cafes, special banquets, parties, film festivals, jeeeeeez. Lots of great stuff going on.

San Francisco is a beautiful city to host the first U.N WED week in the States, and our community is prime to get out there, have some fun, and contribute to some change... Join the Celebration!

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Events This Week

Wild Pacific Salmon, Pinot & Chardonnay: Mecca's Food & Wine Series, Pt III
Tue-Sat, 5/17/05-5/21/05
Mecca Restaurant, 2029 Market St. in SF
Mecca and Exec. Chef. Stephen Barber present an a la carte menu featuring wild Pacific salmon, paired with Pinot and Chardonnay from our region's top producers. The week will also feature items from Chef Barber's signature, seasonal menu, featuring produce from their own Napa Valley farm, Tucker Ranch.

Annual Strawberry Tasting at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market
Tue, 5/17/05, 2:00pm-7:00pm
Berkeley Farmers' Market, Derby St at MLK Way in Berkeley; Free
At one table, free strawberry samples from all of the growers that sell strawberries at the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market. More information: (510) 548-3333.

Debut of Night Market at the Ferry Building Marketplace
Thu, 5/19/05, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Ferry Building, Market/Embarcadero in SF; Free
Our seasonal Thursday farmers market is reopening as an evening market, running from 4-8 pm in the Grand Nave of the historic Ferry Building. The farmers market will take place in the central pass through, and all Marketplace shops will be open until 8pm. The Thursday Night Market celebrates the finest local artisan and farm products with music and communal tables for all to enjoy. Join us every Thursday evening through October for a truly San Francisco experience! As a special incentive, parking at the Washington & Embarcadero lot will be free after 6 pm through July 31st.

Organic Dairy 101 with Straus Family Creamery
Thu, 5/19/05, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Whole Foods, 1010 Park Place in San Mateo; $12/person
Join Straus's Maya Elmer, a true farm girl at heart, and the Salud! team for a class all about organic dairy! In this class, we will discuss pasteurization, homogenization, animal treatment and what makes Straus different from other organic dairies. Menu: Home Made Butter on Toasty Raisin Bread, Home Made Panir (cheese) with Spinach, Spices, and Basmati Rice, Home Made Strawberry Ice Cream, Straus Organic Product Sampling Including Cheese! Preregister by clicking the link or calling 650-358-6900.

May's Mendocino Sea Vegetable & Wine Menu at Millennium
Fri-Sun, 5/20/05-5/22/05
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; $45/person, $15/wine pairings (does not include tax/gratuity)
3-Course Prix Fixe menu insert featuring Mendocino County's famed sea veggies and prized coastal wines.Call 415-345-3900 for reservations.

4th Annual Cooking for Solutions, Monterey
Fri-Sat, 5/20/05-5/21/05
Various venues, including the Monterey Aquarium in Monterey; Price varies by event
An extraordinary series of events for serious food lovers. Fifteen of America’s greatest chefs, including this year’s honored chef Martin Yan, share their passion for fine cuisine and environmentally sustainable living. Celebrity chefs create memorable gourmet dishes, lead tours of organic and sustainable farms and vineyards, and present cooking demonstrations that feature organic products and sustainable seafood.

Grand Opening: Bayview Hunters Point Farmers’ Market
Sat, 5/21/05, 9:30am-1:30pm
Galvez St. at 3rd St. next to Bayview Plaza in SF
Now fresh and healthy food is available in Bayview Hunters Point! Bring your family and help us celebrate this Saturday at the Grand Opening Celebration with free gifts, special guests, cooking demonstrations, and activities for kids. Supervisor Maxwell will speak at 11:30 a.m. The market will be open every Saturday, May 21st – December 10th. Food stamps and WIC coupons will be accepted too. For more information, please call SF Environment at (415) 355-3723.

Meet the Farmer: John Lagier of Lagier Ranches
Sat, 5/21/05, 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!

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Sat, 5/21/05, 10:00am-12:00pm
Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave. at Lawton St. in SF; $15
Learn how to get started organically growing and enjoying delicious, easy-to-grow veggies from your own backyard! Pre-registration required. Info: 415-731-5627.

Annual Strawberry Tasting & Cooking Demos at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market
Sat, 5/21/05, 10:00am-3:00pm
Berkeley Farmers' Market, Center St at MLK Way in Berkeley; Free
At one table, free strawberry samples from all of the growers that sell strawberries at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Market. Cooking demonstration by Michael Bauce, cooking instructor in the Berkeley schools and macrobiotic cook, preparing a strawberry kantén (a simple Japanese-style desert). Presentation & book signing with Owen Linderholm, editor of Digital Dish and authors: Ellen Ferlazzo of Cheap Cooking, Guy Prince of Meathenge, and Stephanie Lucianovic of Grub Report. Chef demos: 11:00am; Book signing and talk: 11:30am. More information: (510) 548-3333.

Shop with the Chef: Christophe Hille of A16
Sat, 5/21/05, 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!

Santé - A Toast to Sustainability and Biodynamic/Organic Farming
Sat, 5/21/05, 2:00pm-6:30pm
Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm, 655 Willowside Rd. in Santa Rosa; $20/adults
Julia Butterfly-Hill and musicians Copper Wimmin and SoVoSó are leading off a celebration of sustainability and local organic/biodynamic food & wine at Santé. This outdoor marketplace-themed event includes food and wine pairings by 12 organic and biodynamic vintners and local food producers and chefs. Come tour the Demeter-certified biodynamic farm school, and enjoy a fabulous live and silent auction that supports the Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm tuition assistance program. Advanced reservation necessary for 1pm Farm Tour. Tickets are going fast, so please call 707-575-7194, ext.20.

Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust Annual Fundraising Dinner
Sat, 5/21/05, 4:00pm-9:00pm
East Contra Costa County Historical Society Museum in Brentwood
BALT, home to some of the best farmland in California, is having its Annual Fundraiser dinner showcasing late-spring/pre-summer Brentwood produce. Brentwood is currently famous for its amazing summer produce, but its equally great off-season offerings make for an area providing some wonderful, year-round selection. The Historical Society Museum can accommodate 250 guests for dinner. Our challenge and opportunity is to fill every seat! For more information, please contact Kathryn Lyddan, Executive Director of BALT: 925-634-6738 or; or Kristie Knoll, SFPFS member and farmer: 925-634-5959 or

Green Planet Films Presents: Eco-A-Go-Go: Music, Microbrews & BBQ
Sat, 5/21/05, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Corte Madera Recreation Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr. in Corte Madera; $20 presale; $25 at the door
The ECO-a-GO-GO is a fundraiser to aid environmental film distribution. Listen and dance to Bohemian Knuckleboogie, Otis Scarecroe, and Spark ‘n Cinder. Plus, enjoy vegetarian-friendly food & beverages and shop from green merchants in a community atmosphere. The event proceeds will help us bring our nature and environmental DVD rental program to the public. Microbrews: Beach Chalet, Broken Drum Brewery, Iron Springs Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Magnolia Brewery, San Francisco Brewing Co.

Raw in 10 Minutes - Raw, organic food cooking and samples
Sun, 5/22/05, 11:00am-6:00pm
Asian Heritage St. Fair, Post Street, from Laguna to Fillmore in SF; Free
Bryan Au, author of 'Raw in 10 Minutes', will be doing 'cooking' demonstrations, giving out samples of raw, organic cuisine, and signing copies of his book at the Asian Heritage Street Fair.

Dining from Head to Tail - Incanto Restaurant
Mon, 5/23/05
Incanto Restaurant, 1550 Church St., Noe Valley in SF; $50 per person, excluding beverages, service & sales tax.
Animal parts and cuts of meat that some consider to be inferior or "waste" have long formed the basis of some of the world's greatest cuisines. The cucina povera of country peasants is largely responsible for cooking techniques such as braising, stewing, curing and marinating meats to exploit their nutritional potential and coax out their full flavor. Join us as we share our passion for delicious and unusual dishes that combine rich flavors with genuine respect for food. For preliminary menu, click the link above.

Film: "Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals"
Tue, 5/24/05, 7:30pm
New College of CA, Santa Rosa, 99 Sixth St, @ Wilson in Santa Rosa; Free
This film trilogy contains a 28 minute video on the dangers of genetically engineered foods for kids, a 60 minute lecture by Jeffrey Smith, and a 15 minute documentary on the changes in behavior at a Wisconsin school after healthy food was introduced. Smith is the author of Seeds of Deception, which documents significant health dangers of genetically modified (GM) foods and the political corruption that allows them on the market. Info: 707-568-2605.

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