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Tasty Bites 6.22.05
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Oliveto Oceanic Dinners
Wed-Sat, 6/22/05-6/25/05
Oliveto Restaurant, 5655 College Ave. in Oakland
The comprehensive menus for Oceanic Dinners are the result of the unique relationship and ongoing conversations between Oliveto Chef Paul Canales and his good friend Tom Worthington, partner at Monterey Fish Company, remarkable in its leadership in establishing standards for sustainably caught fish and for its access to, and skilled and careful handling of, seafood from numerous sources, both local and far reaching.) The weeks leading to the Oceanic Dinners are somewhat of a treasure hunt in two senses: Worthington and his colleagues will be in touch with their sources for all that is available, wonderful, and sustainable in the world's seas, and Canales and our cooks will be bringing their skill, experience, and imagination to bear on getting to the essence of each. Click the link for the full menu!

Radio Broadcast: Certified Organic Restaurants
Wed, 6/22/05, 10:00am-11:00am
Web radio and various Marin Cty radio stations
Many chefs and restaurants try to feature local, natural or organic food on their menus. But how many are fully organic and certified by the government? This week on the Beyond Organic radio, indulge in a four-course interview with the nation's pioneering organic restaurateurs including Nora Pouillion and Els Cooperider. They’ll let us in on the sustainable choices they make everyday in the kitchen and talk about how organic principles connect with fine dining. Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, for a culinary experience that's taking the organic movement to an entire new level of dedication, daring and deliciousness.

Stirring the Pot - Organic Pioneers: Nell Newman and
Els Cooperrider

Wed, 6/22/05, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Cathedral Hill Hotel, Pavilion Room, Patio Level, 1101 Van Ness Avenue (between Geary and Post Blvd.) in SF; $30/SFPFS members; $40/non-members
Join Michael Straus in conversation with Nell Newman and Els Cooperrider to learn how pretzels and beer will save the world. Proponents of sustainable food production owe a debt of gratitude to Nell Newman of Newman's Own Organics and Els Cooperrider of the Ukiah Brewing Company. These two women have contributed to the widespread awareness of organic choices and the increased willingness of even the reluctant consumer to embrace them. Registration begins at 5:30pm. PANEL DISCUSSION / Q&A: 6:00 - 7:30 pm; HORS D'OEUVRES: 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Sponsored by San Francisco Professional Food Society.

Meet the Farmer: Ted Fuller of Highland Hills Farm
Sat, 6/25/05, 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!

Vegetarian Cooking Class: From Farm to Table
Sat, 6/25/05, 10:00am-1:00pm
First Unitarian Church, 685 14th St. at Castro in Oakland; $35
Seasonal, Sustainable and Sensational! Join the Compassionate Cooks when we demonstrate five delicious, nutritious dishes in our Farm to Table class. In addition to creating Curried Barley & Vegetable Salad, Summer Squash & Tomatoes with Quinoa, Fast and Fabulous Fajitas, Fresh Strawberry Pie, and more, we'll also answer all your questions about plant-based nutrition & cooking, eat lots of food samples, and have a lot of fun! Register by June 23rd online at the link above or call 510-531-COOK.

Shop with the Chef - Stephen Gibbs of Hands On Gourmet
Sat, 6/25/05, 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!

Sustainable Agriculture & Organic Farming: Principles and Practices. UC Davis, Student Experimental Farm
UC Davis; $888
Thirteen hours of field activities per week are combined with lectures, discussions, and field trips to provide an in-depth introduction to sustainable agriculture and organic farming. 5 Units UC Davis Credit. Pass/No Pass Grading. Limited enrollment. Apply early. For information and application materials, contact: Mark Van Horn, (530) 752-7645, E-mail:

Collaboration on a Food & Farm Bill
Tue, 6/28/05, 9:00am-5:00pm
Clarion Hotel in Sacramento
Presented by California Coalition for Food and Farming. A dynamic workshop with speakers, panels and discussions, where farmers, farming organizations, environmental advocates, community organizers, elected officials, and agency representatives and staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the current Farm Bill, its implications for California, and why the 2007 Farm Bill is critical to the future of California agriculture. For more info, click the link above, or contact Claudia Reid at 916-447-1711,

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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