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Tasty Bites 6.15.06
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Lots of tasty newsbits for your reading pleasure. Be sure to catch the Colbert Report tonight!



Colbert Report

Michael Pollan is going to be on Comedy Central's Colbert Report tonight at 11:30pm! It'll be rebroadcast tomorrow evening as well.

Michael Pollan: A prominent sustainable-food advocate and author, most recently of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural history of Four Meals". His previous books include: “Second Nature,” “A Place of My Own” and “The Botany of Desire,” a New York Times bestseller. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Mr. Pollan is the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Colbert Report: What The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. (If you haven't seen it already, definitely check out Colbert at the White House Correspondents' Dinner (scroll down to "Comedian Stephen Colbert at White House Correspondents' Dinner").



Blog & Post

Blog
Speaking of Michael Pollan, he started up a new blog on the NY Times site in May. Excellent postings from the man. His most recent post on June 14th is pretty interesting, a letter in response to a letter from John Mackey, president of Whole Foods...

Michael Pollan's blog
Jim Mackey's blog
Grist's interview of Mackey in 12/04
Grist's interview of Pollan in 5/06

Post
Want to post your own thoughts? Check out Sustain 360, a new online forum to discuss all things organic. Sponsored by The Organic Center, Environmental Working Group, FamilyFarmed.org, Farm Aid, Slow Food, Chefs Collaborative, Beyond Pesticides, Organic Valley, Holistic Moms Network, and Children's Health Environmental Coalition. Dang!

Sign up and help grow the community!



Schlosser Report

Chew On This
Eric Schlosser, author of the best-selling Fast Food Nation, just released a version of the book aimed at younger readers in the 6th to 8th grade range. It's called Chew On This and emphasizes how the fast food industry impacts teenagers. Excellent.

Fast Food Nation film trailer
As mentioned in a previous Tasty Bites, Schlosser and Richard Linklater are releasing the FFN film this fall! Really looking forward to it. Here's a little teaser trailer to tempt you.



Eatz

Lots to eat. Go on then...

Eggs from Three Wise Hens
At the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, Eatwell Farm is selling organic Three Wise Hens eggs, from heritage birds. They cost a very, very pretty penny (about $6/dozen), but man they are good, even if only for a special occasion. The hens have 24/7 access to organic pasture at Eatwell, and their diet is supplemented by organic feed (costs about $2 for each dozen produced). They sell them within a week of being laid, and you betcha the Omega-3 fatty acid levels are higher than -- and the cholesterol levels half of -- non-pastured chicken eggs. In general, it takes three hens to produce a dozen eggs in a week. These wise hens produce colorful, rich, and healthful eggs -- definitely worth the cost.

Divinely D'lish Granola
First of all, this is no ordinary granola. Yes, it's made from local, organic ingredients (Straus Creamery butter, Scharffenberger chocolate, Marshall's Farm honey, etc.), and yes, the founder may have grown up amongst homemade granola experts as well as worked at Citizen Cake. But, the best selling point we can see is that Divinely D'lish tender granola and unique granola bars are absolutely scrumptious and (unfortunately) addictive. In our [very scientific] taste testing, we ate 2 boxes of granola and 4 bars in about 30 minutes. Oops. The loose granola is also great for baking: fruit crisps, tart crusts, banana bread, French toast. The bars (our favorite: Cheeky Cherry Chocolate) are great for breakfast on the go or midday snacks. You can find Divinely D'lish at their kiosk in the SF Ferry Building Marketplace and select Bay Area grocery stores.

Organic Ketchup
It's que'in time, and you'll need some ketchup. Check out the San Francisco Chronicle's recent organic ketchup taste test. The winner? Muir Glen!

Cherries and Stonefruit
Fresh n tasty at your local farmers' market. Sweet rainer and bing cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines. Now you can make that summertime fruit crisp!



Pyramids & Wheels

Food Pyramid
The Wild Farm Alliance recently created a new kind of Food Pyramid, a take-off from the USDA Food Pyramid. Everyone's heard of the USDA's. Let's get the WFA version in the mix. It makes a compelling case about our food being intimately connected with the environment, and that food choices can support stewardship farming. You can view it online or download & print your own copy.

Local Food Wheel
When are fresh local cherries available? Are clams being harvested year round? Is wheat grown in the Bay Area? When are artichokes in season? The answers to these questions are at your fingertips with a brand new, beautiful, user-friendly tool—The Local Foods Wheel. The colorful 12-inch wheel features the charming drawings of Bay Area artist Sarah Klein, the stunning graphic layout of designer Maggie Gosselin, and the in-depth local foods knowledge of chef Jessica Prentice, co-founder of the Locavores and author of Full Moon Feast. Read more about it, and order yours online!



Farm Party!

Next Saturday, June 24th, Capay Organic Farm, just 90 minutes from the city, is having their annual Farm Dinner - Party - Campout. This year, the festivities start at 7:30pm with a casual dinner of all farm-fresh organic ingredients, followed by a dj dance party. You can bring your sleeping bag and camp out in their orange orchard too. Sweet! To rsvp, contact Thaddeus at 530-304-4244 or thaddeus@farmfreshtoyou.com by Tuesday, June 20th.



Happy Girl Kitchen is hiring

Our friends at Happy Girl Kitchen, makers of unique n tasty organic, pickled veggies and sauces, are hiring folks to help out at their stall at the Saturday SF Ferry Plaza Market. Stop by their booth in the north, front of the building this weekend for more information or to apply!



Events

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

Advanced Topics in Organic Winegrowing at Frog's Leap Winery
Thu-Fri, 6/15/06-6/16/06
Frog's Leap Winery in Rutherford; NVG Members: $150, General Admission: $195.

Reading, Q&A, & book signing with Sam Fromartz, author of Organic Inc.
Thu, 6/15/06, 6:00pm
Book Passage, SF Ferry Building (415) 835-1020 in SF; Free

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ David Gingrass and Bridget Batson of Hawthorne Lane
Sat, 6/17/06, 10:30am-11:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Father's Day Cooking Class at Millennium Restaurant
Sun, 6/18/06, 10:00am-3:00pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; $125

Marin-Petaluma Slow Food: Spring Lamb Bar-B-Que & Tour of Pozzi Ranch
Sun, 6/18/06, 11:00am-4:00pm
14701 Bodega Highway in Sonoma County; $ 30 for Slow Food members, $35 for non-members, and $20 for those under 18 under, all inclusive. Advance tix required.

Food and Farming on the Urban Edge: How Local Farmers are Sustaining their Operations
Thu, 6/22/06, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Meet at Caleruega Hall, 100 Magnolia Ave., Dominican University in San Rafael; Free

Vandana Shiva speaks on Global Food Politics
Sat, 6/24/06, 10:00am
Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd floor of the Ferry Bldg in SF; $10 donation is suggested

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ Ben deVries of Luella Restaurant
Sat, 6/24/06, 10:30am-11:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Dinner & DJ Party at Capay Organic Farm!
Sat, 6/24/06, 7:30 dinner; party to follow Capay Organic Farm in Capay Valley (90 mins from SF); $20

Conserves Hands-On Class with June Taylor: Preserving in the Seasons
Sat or Sun, 6/24/06-7/23/06, 9:30am-1:30pm
Still-Room, 2207 4th Street in Berkeley; $125/person for one class

Marin Sun Farms Tour
Sun, 6/25/06, 10:00am
Meet at the Marin Sun Farms Eatery, 10905 Shoreline Highway 1 in Point Reyes Station; $30/adults incl lunch, $15/children incl lunch, $5/children - no lunch/sharing

Bay Gourmet & the Commonwealth Club present an Evening of Seasonal CA Cuisine with French & Italian Twists
Mon, 6/26/06, 6:30pm check-in; 7:00pm dinner RNM Restaurant, 598 Haight St. (at Steiner) in SF; $68 for Commonwealth Club members; $78 for non-members

Millennium's Around the World Wine Dinner with Organic Vintners
Tue, 6/27/06, 6:00pm-9:30pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; 5-course prix fixe with wine pairing $75/person

Chipotle Mexican Grill & The Land Institute
Wed, 6/28/06
Chipotle restaurants across the country

Straus Dairy Family Tour
Thu, 6/29/06, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Meet at Millerton Point Parking Lot, 5 miles north of Point Reyes Station. Carpool to dairy. in Point Reyes; $15 MALT members / $ 20 non-members; $5 children ($45 families of 5 or more)

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration ~ Chris Cosentino of Incanto Restaurant
Sat, 7/1/06, 10:30am-11:30am
South Arcade of the Ferry Building in the teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Michael Pollan Presents: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Sat, 7/1/06, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station; $35 Tasting and Reading, $10 Reading Only

Film Screening: Supersize Me
Wed, 7/5/06, 7:30pm
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street in Oakland; $5 donations are accepted



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