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Tasty Bites 6.14.05
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After a great and insanely busy U.N. WED week, we're back on track with a newsletter about all things shiny, happy and new...

New Restaurants

The Bay Area restaurant scene keeps getting better with chefs passionate about organics:

Sabor of Spain - Chef Bryan Waites (former Sous Chef at Millennium) is cooking up all-organic, biodynamic Alta Cocina tapas in a new vinoteca, shopping & gathering place for all things Spanish. (1303 Fourth St./"C" St. in San Rafael.)

Zuppa - Joe Manzare (Chef/Owner of Globe Restaurant) will soon be serving Southern Italian fare in the old Cafe Monk space SOMA. (564 4th St./Brannan in SF.)

Picco - Chef Bruce Hill (also at Bix) and the Real Restaurants group are opening up Picco and Pizza Picco in the old Roxanne's space. Small plates with global flair as well as wood-fired pizzas and homemade softserve ice cream. (316 & 320 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur.)

Delfina's pizzeria - The Stolls are slated to open a pizzeria next door to their existing restaurant in the Mission... (18th/Guerrero in SF.)

Other organically-inclined restaurants recently added to our online directory: Nook, Feel Real Cafe, Moose's, Grow Cafe, Americano, The Butler & The Chef, and Manzanita.

More organic restaurants in the Bay Area...

New Produce

Been to the market lately? The summer heat is on, and there's all kinds of great produce in season, ready to monch and cook up at home!

Blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, ollalieberries, peaches, nectarines, lemon verbena, summer squash, spring/summer onions, field-grown tomatoes... and get em before they're gone: fava beans, green garlic, cherries, and morel mushrooms.

More about what's in season...

New Challenge

Eat locally for the month of August. Can you do it? Do you want to brag about how cool are? Of course you do! It's actually not very hard in our farm-friendly NorCal neighborhood.

Read more about Locavores, and join the effort! You can also check their recent article in the SF Chronicle.

New Survey

We like Organic Valley cooperative. About 700 organic farmers across the country pool resources to nationally market and distribute their organic products, and return profits back to each individual farm. Farmers produce for and distribute to their local region.

They're conducting an online survey to better partner with you, the organic citizen! Let them know what's best for you and your family. If you can, spare a minute and help our family farmers!

New Mini-Movie

Ok, so it's been out for a while, but what da heck. Check out Store Wars, the latest five minute mini-movie about a small band of organic vegetable puppets -- Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli and wise old Obi Wan Cannoli. All about the Ways of the Farm, Cuke.

Also, check out the first of the animated series about animal factory farms: The Meatrix.

New Events

Links below now go straight to the source.

Softshell Crab & Whites "Anything but Chardonnay": Mecca's Food & Wine Series, Pt IV
Tue-Sat, 6/14/05-6/18/05
Mecca Restaurant, 2029 Market St. in SF
Mecca and Exec. Chef. Stephen Barber present an a la carte menu featuring sustainably-raised (or wild?) softshell crab paired with a variety of whites, as long as they're not Chardonnay! The week will also feature items from Chef Barber's signature, seasonal menu, featuring produce from their own Napa Valley farm, Tucker Ranch. (Click the link for details.)

Frugal Foodies Dinner Kickoff
Tue, 6/14/05, 6:30pm
Location will be emailed after registering in Berkeley; $5
Do you want to meet new people? Are you ever hungry? Do you want to learn how to prepare new and generally healthy meals? And would you like to do it in a friendly environment and for very little money? If so, come check out the Bay Area kick-off of Frugal Foodies on the 14th and every Tuesday thereafter. About 12 people get together to cook a mostly organic and vegetarian meal, eat, clean-up, and connect with one another. Not an exclusive club or official cooking class; there will never be the same group of 12 people on any given Tuesday. Reserve your space with $5, the cost for a Frugal Foodies dinner. All shopping for a 3-course meal is done for you. Email for more info:

Convert a Carnivore Day at Millennium
Wed, 6/15/05
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!

Film: "The Emotional World of Farm Animals"
Wed, 6/15/05, 7:30pm
Humanist Hall, 390 27th St, btwn Broadway and Telegraph in Oakland; Free ($5 donation welcome)
Jeffrey Masson develops relationships with animals most often ignored--except when they're being eaten. There is no graphic footage in this film. It is suitable for all ages. Masson visits sanctuaries around the country where caregivers and the animals themselves tell their harrowing stories. Before and after the film, everyone's invited to our Humanist Coffee House. Info: 925-487-4419,

Sassicaia Wine Dinner - Incanto Restaurant
Thu, 6/16/05, 8:00pm
Incanto Restaurant, 1550 Church St., Noe Valley in SF; $200 per person; all-inclusive price includes food, wines, gratuity, and sales tax.
Join us as we host Piero Incisa of Tenuta San Guido for a tasting of wines from one of Tuscany's most revered producers. The evening will include a four-course tasting menu, plus four of San Guido's top wines: Guidalberto 2002 and a three-vintage selection of Sassicaia from 2002, 2001, and 2000.

The Second Annual Golden Glass -- Slow Food Wine Tasting Event
Fri-Sun, 6/17/05-6/19/05
Fort Mason in SF
Overlooking the San Francisco Bay. 2005 Honorary Event Chairs Gene Burns, radio host of “Dining Around with Gene Burns” & Gigi Piumatti, co-editor of Italian Wines 2005. Piumatti and Scarpone have together chosen 100 Italian producers who uphold the mission of Slow Food and strive to protect, nurture and revive Italian varietals and winemaking techniques. Each producer will feature two wines. All 200 of the wines represent regions in Italy, while epitomizing the quality and range of Italian viticulture. Classic varietals will include Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Fiano and Tocai. Rare varietals such as Foja Tonda from Trentino, Sussumaniello from Puglia, Casavecchia from Campania, Timorasso from Piemonte and Catarratto from Sicily will be served. Supplying a culinary context for these fine wines, the food component of the event will feature house-cured meats, handmade cheeses, farmers’ market fresh produce, artisan breads and much more. There will also be a Silent Auction on Saturday at the tasting, and special seminars & wine tasting dinners on Friday and Sunday. For more information contact Meghan O'Farrell at or click the link.

Morel Mushroom Dinners - Millennium Restaurant
Fri-Sun, 6/17/05-6/19/05
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; $50/person; $20/ wine pairing (optional)
There is a fungus hiding among us, but that won't stop us from hunting them down, cooking them up, & putting them on our annual Morel Menu. Ever so highly elusive, these marvels of Mother Nature only make it to our tables for just a few short weeks each year and hit their peek in June. This year in particular has proven to be superbly challenging. For an entire weekend, we will feature a very special 4-course menu celebrating the morel in all it's earthly glory. Gather your fungus loving, wine enthusiastic family members and friends, and experience the morel like you never have before! Call for reservations at 415.345.3900.

Meet the Farmer: Louis Iacopi of Iacopi Farms
Sat, 6/18/05, 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!

Shop with the Chef ~ Trish Tracey of Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.
Sat, 6/18/05, 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!

South Bay Organic Food Gardens Tours
Sat, 6/18/05, 8:30am-12:30pm & 12:00pm-4:00pm
Heritage Center area of the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Dr. in Sunnyvale; $20 pregistration / $25 the day of (Space is limited.)
Join us on a guided tour of local organic home food gardens! Also find out how to obtain your own "Healthy Organic Garden" sign. Participants will carpool to various organic gardens in the area and meet other community members who share their interest in organic gardening. For information and to pre-register, click the link above or contact Susan Osofsky at or 650.328.7756 x629. Sponsored by Valley of Heart's Delight project, the City of Sunnyvale, Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District Watershed Stewardship Grant Program at Community Foundation Silicon Valley.

Feed the Fire!

Even a little snack. If you use these newsletters, use our website, or simply enjoy having delicious, organic food in the Bay Area, please support our programs that serve local, organic farms and the community. Om Organics is a project of the San Francisco Foundation - Community Initiative Funds, and can only continue with the help of contributions from conscientious people like you!

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