in this issue
FF Nation Film!
Farmer Props
Film & Panel w Om
Milk
Mixt Greens
CSA Gourmet Meals
New Reads
New Radio
Chef Wanted!
Events
Feed the Fire!

featured links
What's New Online
Take Action
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Tasty Bites 4.27.06
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Spring must be here because there is a ridiculous amount of good news these past few weeks. Check out these very cool vittles...

And don't forget tonight is Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser for the STOP AIDS Project. Check out participating restaurants. Many you'll see are organic-friendly.


Fast Food Nation Film!

Check this out. Fast Food Nation is coming to a theater near you...this year! What is the most interesting, wonderful thing is that Richard Linklater co-wrote the screenplay with FFN author Eric Schlosser, and Linklater is directing. Now, that's something to be stoked about. (For those of you not in the know, Linklater wrote and directed several acclaimed movies, the least known yet most brain-busting & enlightening being Waking Life. His other social studies include Slacker, Dazed & Confused and School of Rock).

The combined IQ of Schlosser and Linklater, and the cool dude factor of Linklater alone make for a very promising book adaption to the oh-so-silver screen. Can’t wait to see it.

How they filmed in stealth mode
About the book Fast Food Nation
About McDonalds’ plans for a “full scale marketing campaign”
A short list of the ensemble cast (starring Catalina Sandino Moreno from Maria Full of Grace)


Farmer Props

Yes, we have weather issues. “Storm after storm has discouraged pollinators, muddied fields and rotted flowers and berries; many farmers are struggling through the wettest season they've seen in at last twenty years." cuesa We could just buy from overseas, but what about our own community and our own economy?

Especially now that the sun is shining, let’s show our support for our local producers. Buy from shops and restaurants that use locally sourced goods. Or, better yet, get on down to your local farmers’ market, and show your friendly face. The farmers will love you for it – and your support!

How the weather has affected specific crops this year
What’s in season (this section being expanded soon too, hooray!)


Film & Panel with Om

Hey, it’s a one-hour version of the very critically-acclaimed film The Real Dirt on Farmer John! Please join us at the beautiful SF Public Library Koret Auditorium next Tuesday eve for a free screening and short panel. The night is presented by ITVS Community Cinema, KQED, and the San Francisco Public Library.

The panel will include folks from the film itself, Capay Organic – Farm Fresh to You, City Slicker Farm, Garden for the Environment, and San Francisco Food Systems, moderated by Om Organics.

Tue, May 2nd
6pm Screening (one hour); 7pm Panel (30 min approx.)
SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St./Grove
Cost: Free!


Milk

Did you see The Cornucopia Institute’s national survey of organic dairy products? With their online rating tool, you can see which brands and dairy products found in our region are produced using the best organic farming practices and ethics (or not). Easy!


Mixt Greens

We are so lucky. Mixt Greens just opened downtown at Sansome and Bush, and it must be said: The place rocks. Scrumptious salads to drool over. Hearty filling mixtures of vibrant, fresh, organic ingredients that you can also wrap in a lavash for an insta-wrap sandwich. Brilliant!

Chef Andrew Swallow used to work at Gary Danko, and he's created a tough menu to choose just one thing from. Hmm, Roasted eggplant, marinated peppers, balsamic onion marmalade, roasted portabellas, laura chanel goat cheese, garlic herb croutons & lemon herb vinaigrette? Or, grilled filet mignon, roasted fingerling potatoes, red leaf lettuce, sweet tomatoes, balsamic marmalade, point reyes blue, & frizzled leeks? Or one of their others, cutely named and delectably prepared? Or your very own creation?

Only $7-$12. And they have 5 wines! And they have french roll sandwiches! And they have a grab-n-go cooler! And they have great beer! And everything non-edible is compostable, biodegradeable, and sustainable! It really is a wonderful thing.

Check Mixt out

More super-quick, tasty organic eats downtown:
Boxed Foods Company, Sellers Market, and more...


CSA-Style Gourmet Meals

Interesting model: Subscribe and get gourmet, organic meals -- prepped and ready to cook -- delivered each week! Cook SF has just launched their website, and their first subscription delivery is set for May 24th.

Here’s what you do. You sign up, you select a gourmet meal for each week from their monthly menu, your meals are delivered on Wednesdays, and you have two gourmet entrées, sides, and fresh soups or salads ready to go -- all for $33.25/week. You can even add an optional dessert for two for $5.95.

Week 1 May: a) [Pan]-grilled sirloin steak with creamy white-wine shitake mushroom sauce, fresh green salad and pre-peeled tangerines. OR b) Steamed Fulton Valley chicken breasts with white wine, thyme, and mushrooms, creamy smooth truffle mash, together with a fresh leafy salad. Optional dessert: Orange Bitter Chocolate Mousse. Tasty.

About the food
About Cook SF
Testimonials from their pilot testers


New Reads

Ah yes, books. Check out these new releases:

The Organic Cook’s Bible A comprehensive reference tool with an inventory of vegetables in alphabetic order, and for each, a brief history, its organic cultivation, nutrition, types, seasonality, selection hints, preparation, and uses.

The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Cookbook Organized by season, the book details the availability of products at the market and offers advice on choosing, storing, preparing, and freezing items as well as over 100 farm-fresh recipes and a forward by Alice Waters.

Full Moon Feast Follows the thirteen lunar cycles of an agrarian year, and includes recipes that display the richly satisfying flavors of foods tied to the ancient rhythm of the seasons, using locally grown, humanely raised, nutrient-rich foods.

Organic Inc. Traces organic food back to its anti-industrial origins more than a century ago and follows it through the decades to its unstoppable growth in the present.

GRUB A complete guide for all who want real food: From making healthy food choices and preparing mouth-watering meals, to unmasking corporate flimflam and supporting sustainable farming.

The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan's new book follows industrial food, organic food, and food that consumers procure or hunt for themselves, from the source to the dinner plate. It also examines the scary prevalence of corn in all of our food products.


New Radio

West Coast Live
Sit back and tune into NPR’s West Coast Live this Saturday from 10am-12noon, when they will be broadcasting from the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace: food and views with guests Michael Pollan, Jessica Prentice, among others.

Tune into your local station. Available in 16 states and on satellite; 91.7FM KALW in the Bay Area. Or, be in the live SF audience.

If you missed last week’s or this weekend’s show, eventually….the West Coast Live Archives section will be updated to include both shows.

Michael Pollan
Man, he sure gets around! In addition to the events coming up around town (below), Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air radio, Jerry Kay on Beyond Organic radio, and NPR's Your Call Radio all recently interviewed professor of science and environmental journalist Michael Pollan to discuss his new book and, yep, that ca-razy corn industry of ours.

Fresh Air
Beyond Organic
Your Call Radio (aired today)


Chef Wanted!

The Montalvo Arts Center, an international, multidisciplinary artist residency program in Saratoga, is accepting applications for a paid 5-month fellowship for an early career chef who is committed to shopping, cooking, and running the kitchen in an ecologically sustainable fashion, sourcing from local organic farms. Culinary fellow gets free housing (beautiful studio in a spectacular setting), dinners, a generous stipend, and the opportunity to be part of a community of creative minds from around the world. Some restaurant experience preferred. Looking for candidates for September 2006. Also accepting applications for February '07. For information, contact Katharine Wallerstein at kwallerstein@montalvoarts.org or 408.777.2119.



Events

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

Mind Your Planet Menu at Millennium
Thu-Sat, 4/6/06-4/29/06
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; $45/person, $20/optional wine pair

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ Marsha McBride and Rick DeBeaord of Café Rouge
Sat, 4/29/06, 10:30am-11:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Learn the Art of Organic Home Farming - 3 part series: Sustainable Backyard Vegetable Gardening
Sat, 4/29/06-6/10/06, 1:00pm-4:00pm on 3 Saturdays
Common Ground, 559 College Ave. in Palo Alto; $120 for the 3-part series

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Cookbook Breakfast
Sat, 4/29/06, 8:30am-11:30am
MarketBar Restaurant, Ferry Building in SF; $40 per person includes prix fixe breakfast and a signed copy of the cookbook ($22.95 retail value), $25 without the cookbook.

Very Berry Delights Cooking Class for Kids
Sun, 4/30/06, 10:00am-12:00pm
Crissy Field Center is at 603 Mason Street at Halleck in SF; $20 per person (kids 8-11)

Millennium Cooking Class 2006 Vol.#3
Sun, 4/30/06, 10:00am-3:00pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; $125 (+tax)

A Slow Food Dinner with Michael Pollan
Sun, 4/30/06, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Silverado Brewing Company, 3020 St. Helena Highway (Hwy #29) in St Helena; $70 per person, including tip and tax

”The Real Dirt on Farmer John” (1 hour version) + Panel
Tue, 5/2/06, 6:00pm
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. in SF; Free

Ripe for Change on PBS Show: California and the American Dream: Ripe for Change
Thu, 5/4/06, 10:00pm
Your TV; Free

Thursday Ferry Plaza market opening and Sangria Stroll
Thu, 5/4/06, 4:00pm
Ferry Bldg Mktplace, Market and Embarcadero in SF; $4 donation

All Things Organic Conference and Tradeshow
Sat-Tue, 5/6/06-5/9/06
Chicago, IL

Spring Fling at Slide Ranch - NEW DATE
Sat, 5/6/06, 10:00am-4:00pm
Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy in Muir Beach; $15/person in advance; $20 at the gate; $60 for families of 4 or more; age 2 & under free.

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ Sara Deseran of 7x7 Magazine and co-author, with Beau Timken, of Sake: A Modern Guide
Sat, 5/6/06, 10:30am-11:30am in SF; Free

The Locavore: Meals that celebrate the local harvest
Sat-Sun, 5/6/06-5/7/06, 8:00am-12:30pm on Sat; 10:00am-3:00pm on Sun
San Francisco & Berkeley Farmers' Market in Sat: SF and Berkeley; Sun: East Bay; $180 per person for both days, meals included

Volunteer: "Planting for City Slicker Farms"
Sun, 5/7/06, 10:00am-2:00pm
City Slicker Orinda Farm Site, 69 Oak Road in Orinda

Sunday Ferry Plaza Market Opening: Beyond the Barcode: The Value of a Local Food Chain ~ A talk and booksigning with Michael Pollan
Sun, 5/7/06, 11:00am
Ferry Building’s Port Commission Hearing Room (2nd floor of the Ferry Bldg) in SF; Free

Sunday Ferry Plaza Market Opening: Strawberry Shortcake Social
Sun, 5/7/06, 11:30am
Arcade south of the Ferry Building’s clock tower in SF; $5 each - all proceeds benefit CUESA

Eating Healthfully and Organically
Tue, 5/9/06, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Whole Foods, 1010 Park Place in Burlingame; Free for 22 Registered Guests

Convert a Carnivore Day at Millennium
Wed, 5/10/06
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; 25% off!

Investors' Circle Spring Conference w/ Carlo Petrini of Slow Food Int’l
Wed-Fri, 5/10/06-5/12/06
Sir Francis Drake Hotel in SF

San Francisco's Food Revolt
Wed, 5/10/06, 7:30pm
CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St./9th in SF; Free; a $3-5 sliding scale donation requested

McEvoy Ranch: Planting & Pollinating
Fri, 5/12/06, 10:00am-12:00pm
McEvoy Ranch, 5 miles south of Petaluma at 5935 Red Hill Rd. (aka D Street or Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd). in Point Reyes; $15 MALT member / $20 non-member



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