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Kettle Chips
Crummy Bros.
La-Loo's Ice Cream
New Restaurants
House Party Kit
Feed the Fire!

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Tasty Bites 2.3.06
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Keeping things light and tasty, this issue highlights all things organic and edible. (You know the way to your valentine's heart is through their stomach.)

Caterers & Personal Chefs

Oh pheuw! Now you know who to call to cater your next event or, better and lazier yet, who will come cook your day-to-day meals. Check the new Om Organics Caterers & Personal Chefs Directory online!

Meat-friendly, vegetarian, vegan or raw. It’s all good, and each catering company and chef listed is a sustainable, seasonal cuisine master.

Kettle Chips

Kettle chips are damn good. The End.
Ok, there’s actually more… Kettle Chips are based in Oregon, and they have always been committed to natural ingredients and the environment. They use solar energy, convert their used oil to biodiesel, and have helped restore the wetlands around their offices.

They also believe in free speech, and now’s your chance (before March 31st) to vote for their new flavor. You don’t have to hungrily vote online with your tasteless, unsatisfyingly bland mouse. You can order real-live, full-sized, mouth-watering taster packs of their five proposed flavors, complete with a People’s Choice Happy Hour Kit, with extremely scientific graphs and charts to record your findings. Hmm: Buffalo Bleu Cheese, Dirty Martini, Tuscan Three Cheese, Spicy Mary, or Creamy Caesar. All 5 + Happy Hour Kit for $9.95.

Crummy Bros. Cookies

These righteous treats are geared for an adult palette. Though you can get em plain, we highly recommend the lightly-infused flavors: Lavender, Orange Blossom and Peppermint. Each is complex and subtle, only moderately sweet. The essences are mild in smell and taste, and add character. Barely noticeable, the thyme in the Orange Blossom cookies is an unexpected savory delight. Crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle, these treats will change the way you think about cookies. Cool Hunting

Five to a box for $12.99, discounts if you buy a flight of three or five.

La-Loo's Ice Cream

Are we spoiled are what? Just north in Sonoma, we’ve got La-Loo’s making delicious ice cream with milk from their 350-acre, free-range goats. Sure sure, goat milk is a complete protein, more easily digested than cow’s milk, and an excellent source of calcium, but what about the flavors??

Can we tempt you with Black Mission Fig, Strawberry Darling (with a balsamic vinegar swirl), Molasses Tipsycake (molasses with chewy, salty oatmeal cookie), Chevre Chiffon, Pumpkin Spice, or Chocolate Cabernet (with Scharffen Berger bittersweet and local cabernet sauvignon)? Uh, yeah.

Order online or find La-Loo’s at your local grocery store.

New Restaurants

Lettus Cafe Organic: This casual, hip restaurant opened in the Marina back in December. Sascha Weiss is the man with the plan, previously at Millennium Restaurant, Roxanne’s, Ravens, and Mecca. Lettus is open all day, from 7:30/8am until 11pm. Open-faced curry shrimp salad sandwich. Wild salmon with ginger-shoyu, scallions, soba & asparagus. Lettus homemade garden burger. White butter bean bruschetta. Mango chicken Lettus cups. Grilled paninis. Breakfast all day. Kids’ grazer plates, smoothies, and desserts. A varied, eclectic menu; something for everyone. And, organic wine, beer and sake & soju cocktails. 3352 Steiner St./Chestnut in SF

Green Chile Kitchen & Market: Check out this quick service New Mexican eatery in Western Addition. Also dedicated to fresh, tasty food made with organic ingredients, often from local producers. Hot, zesty Fulton Valley roasted chicken with green chile rub, mixed organic greens & veggie salad, green chile stew with slow roasted Niman Ranch pork, breakfast burritos, organic granola, Dagoba hot chocolate. Fresh mex! 601 Baker St./Fulton in SF

Check out our other Bay Area organically-inclined restaurants.


Prefer the satisfaction of a home-cooked meal? Check out these two cookbooks that are great for farm-to-plate creations:

Homegrown Pure & Simple Cookbook: "Vegetable gardening and recipes seldom blend so seamlessly as in Homegrown Pure And Simple. Here's a compendium of dishes spiced with color photos by Susie Cushner throughout which celebrate both gardening and cooking. This isn't your usual vegetable cookbook: Grilled Lamb Chops with Home-Dried Tomatoes and Citrus Yogurt and Pistachio Pork Loin with Pumpkin Sauce are dishes not to be found in any cookbook. That's because author Michel Nischan has served up healthful haute cooking at a range of upscale restaurants: so these are his own inventions. "

Local Flavors Cookbook: "The book offers chapters deftly arranged by fruit and vegetable families as they appear in the markets, such as "The Vegetable Fruits of Summer: Eggplants, Tomatoes, and Peppers" and "A Cool Weather Miscellany," which includes recipes such as Sautéed Artichokes with Potatoes and Garlic Chives and a marvelous "essence-of" soup, Elixir of Fresh Peas. Madison also treats unfamiliar fruits and vegetables, presenting the likes of lamb quarters in a soup made with Sonoma Teleme cheese, and sugar loaf chicory simply grilled and dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar." thx, amazon.

More Organic Cooking Resources.

House Party Kit

Food for the brain, you’ve gotta see Deborah Koons Garcia’s nationally acclaimed film The Future of Food. The OCA has stocked up their inventory, so you can again order the DVD, house party manual, invitations, and GE-info for your area. $25 donation. Get yours soon, like today!

Bruce Cole, of Saute Wednesday, wrote some very entertaining pontifications after watching this film.


Check our organically-inclined Events page for more happenins as they are announced.

Meet the Producer
Sat, 2/4/06, 10:00am-10:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ Laxmi Hiremath, Author of Dance of Spices
Sat, 2/4/06, 10:30am-11:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Commonwealth Club | Bay Gourmet Panel: FOOD BLOGGERS FACE OFF
Mon, 2/6/06, 5:30pm check-in; 6:00-7:15pm program
Ferry Building, second floor, Port Commission Hearing Room in SF; $12 for Commonwealth Members, $22 for Non-members

"Taste the Difference" Benefit Dinner -- NEW DATE!
Mon, 2/6/06, 6:30pm-8:30pm
1 Fort Mason in SF; $55/person, includes goodie bag with swag from Eatwell Farm, Harley Farm and Good Humus Produce.

Convert a Carnivore Day at Millennium
Wed, 2/8/06
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; 25% off!

Food From the Heart
Fri-Sun, 2/10/06-2/12/06
Ferry Building Marketplace, One Ferry Bldg in SF; Free

Meet the Producer
Sat, 2/11/06, 10:00am-10:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ Ruta Kahate of Ruta's Indian Kitch
Sat, 2/11/06, 10:30am-11:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Hawthorne Lane Cooking Class: V-Day With Your Sweetie
Sat, 2/11/06, 10:30am-2:00pm
Hawthorne Lane, 22 Hawthorne/Howard St. in SF; $100.00 per person

San Francisco Clean and Green City Summit
Wed, 2/15/06, 8:00pm-4:30pm
San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park in SF; Free, but advance registraton required

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!

Any amount is appreciated!
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