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Tasty Bites 9.15.06
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It's Friday! It's beautiful out! Time for a refreshing, organic beverage and some tasty news morsels...

Have a great weekend!

Happy Hour!

On the note of Friday leisure, check out these newbies in the world of wine, cocktails, and happy hour:

Yield Wine Bar
The Potrero/Dogpatch area was recently blessed with Yield, serving all biodynamic and organic wines.

Owned in part by the former wine coordinator at Millennium Restaurant, it’s an earthy modern space with local art, great cheese, tasty small plates (like sardines w/ butter crostini and organic prosciutto & melon), and - soon - chewy flatbread pizzas. Check out their sweet leather chairs, sturdy suede ottoman stools, reclaimed wood tables, and great music on the iPod-sourced sound system.

Perfect to unwind after work, or pre/post-organic dinner in the hood: Slow Club, Universal Café and Blue Plate are all a quick car ride away.
2490 3rd Street/22nd in SF.
Open Tues-Sun, check website for times.

Hear NPR’s show on biodynamic wine’s popularity
Read our previous Tasty Bites about organic/biodynamic wine

Square One Vodka
100% organic rye vodka, in fact. Based in Marin County, Square One is 100% chemical-free and uses only natural enzymes and supplements in the fermentation process.

And the taste? It’s smooth, clean and delicate, and was ranked first in a double-blind taste test against other leading premium brands. Chow Magazine also recently picked Square One in their own blind taste test. Nice one!

Where to find it?
Brick, CIA at Greystone, Cortez, Cosmopolitan Café, Cyrus, Farmer Brown, Flea St. Café, Frisson, Globe, Insalata’s, Las Ramblas, MacCullum House Inn, Masa’s, Millennium, Noonan’s, NoPa, One Market, Paul K, Prescott Hotel, Range, Scott Howard, Solstice, The Holding Company, The Orbit Room, The Rotunda @ Neiman Marcus, Slanted Door, Thirsty Bear, Tommy’s Mexican, Town Hall, ...

Check their website for a complete list of retailers and restaurants in CA and nationally.

First Thursdays!
Have you heard of First Thursdays when many museums and art galleries have free admission and complimentary wine and snacks? (Hang Art is a popular one near Union Square, although there are many, many others as well…)

Back on organics though, two organically-minded restaurants have started their own version of First Thursdays, where they feature local artists’ work and serve complimentary appetizers and drinks:

Medicine Restaurant
Complimentary appetizers and drink specials from 6-9pm.

DJ music, and complimentary snacks & drinks in the lounge from 7-9pm.

Enjoy some organic snacks and nurture your artistic spirit.

$5 @ 5 / $10 @ 10
Speaking of Frisson, they just announced another cool special that caters to early drinkers and late eaters (like Marcia). Every day from 5pm-7pm, you can get $5 specialty cocktails and boutique-label wine along with $5 bar bites like duck confit-mint empenadas or crispy pork croquettes. Thurs-Sat from 10pm, you can get $10 large pour / extra portion cocktails and wine along with $10 half-entrée portions of Sarah Shaffer’s popular dishes. Great idea, and easy to remember…

New Food!

Prana is about to open in the new, modern Temple nightclub, and Chef Jamie Lauren (SF Chronicle 2005 Top 5 Rising Chef) is headin it up with her specialty California-Indian -- mostly shared plates.

Like.... Seared diver scallops with spicy creamed corn, sugar snap peas, and nigella seeds w/ mint sauce. Or a whole organic mini-chicken stuffed with spiced lamb. Her signature mini-lamb burgers. Coriander-crusted tuna on fava puree and papadam. Cumin cauliflower soup shots. Corn pani puri. Cardamom chocolate grenachey dessert…

She is of course into farm-direct, organic and sustainable ingredients. And, they're going to feature "superfoods" (like broccoli, blueberries, salmon, etc.) that are proven to be really healthful. More importantly, her food is delicious! And affordable… The most expensive thing will be $20. Most will be less. Can’t wait!
540 Howard/1st in SF.

Petite Patisserie
Potrero/Dogpatch has another new addition, Petite Patisserie with organic pastries and tarts, with cookies and cakes coming soon. Rachel Leising has over 20 years’ baking experience and has worked at La Patisserie Francaise, Citizen Cake, and Tante Marie. Stop in for breakie or a nice cup o coffee.
1415 18th Street/Connecticut.
7am-2pm Wed-Sat, and 8am-3pm Sun.

Cook SF Review
In the last Tasty Bites, we gave away 10 free meal kits from Cook SF, a new organic meal delivery service in San Francisco. Congrats to the 10 winners!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, they’re still having a 50%-off promotion until the end of October. It’s a convenient, efficient service where you can whip up a massive, delicious three-course meal in literally 20 minutes. (No thinking required, hooray!)

We tried the Grilled Steak with Shitake Mushroom Sauce. It came with a fresh greens salad with pears, bleu cheese and walnuts, perfectly mashed new potatoes, and mint chocolate brownies with dark chocolate sauce. Wow. We were stuffed. And we had leftovers for another meal. Definitely delicious and recommended!

Big Opinions

The Nation recently published an interesting forum in which many current food leaders commented on the question:
Which One Thing To Do About Food?

Skip right to:
Eric Schlosser, Marion Nestle,
Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry,
Troy Duster, Elizabeth Ransom, Winona LaDuke,
Peter Singer, Dr. Vandana Shiva,
Carlo Petrini, Eliot Coleman, and
Jim Hightower

New Online

Check out these new info resources:

Edible Nation: Bruce Cole, editor of the printed Edible San Francisco free mag, just launched this new national website devoted to sustainable cuisine and connecting the farmer in the field to the food on your fork.

Sustainable Food News: Excellent industry news resource for all things organic. (Also in the last Tasty Bites!)

Victual Reality: A new section in Grist’s online magazine focusing on the eco-politics behind your food.

Ovie’s Underground: A cute, interactive resource created by Organic Valley for young eaters and mini-farmers. Virtual farm tours, games, colorful postcards, audio clips, and Ovie, the cute orange worm.

Organic Day: A very new organic blog exploring the San Francisco Bay Area’s hot spots for organic and sustainable living. Post your comments!

Eating Green Calculator and Score Your Diet: Take 2 seconds and see how your weekly eating habits affect the environment, social welfare, and animal welfare. How’d you do?


GE Rice An unapproved variety of genetically engineered (GE) rice was found in several samples of U.S. rice bound for the food supply. Since the announcement, dozens of samples of U.S. rice from around the world have tested positive for the unapproved GE variety, and Japan and the E.U. have imposed severe restrictions or bans on imports of U.S. long grain rice.

In response, last week USDA proposed a retroactive approval of the experimental GE variety, even though it has not been scientifically reviewed for market approval.

Submit your signature or comments by October 10.

Toxic Herbicides in Alaska The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) has submitted an application to spray a toxic cocktail of herbicides for weed control in its rail yards and along nearly 600 miles of track from Fairbanks to Seward in Alaska. The spray mix includes the dangerous herbicide 2,4-D, an active ingredient in Agent Orange. 2,4-D has many devastating environmental and human health effects, including cancer and birth defects. Many communities along the rail belt are taking action to oppose the herbicide spraying.

Submit your signature or comments by October 20th.

Food Safety Food Labels The House of Representatives has passed a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that would take away the power of state and local government to require food safety food labels. California, among other states, has passed laws requiring labeling on foods or beverages that contain ingredients known to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning.

Submit your signature or comments.


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

Frugal Foodies Tuesday Night Dinners
Tuesdays, 9/5/06-9/26/06, 6:30pm-9:30pm
A live-work studio in Southwest Berkeley; $7/person

Healthy Harvest Show
Fri-Sun, 9/15/06-9/17/06
Santa Clara Convention Center

McEvoy Ranch Tour
Fri, 9/15/06, 10:00am-12:00pm
McEvoy Ranch, 5 miles south of Petaluma at 5935 Red Hill Rd. (aka D Street or Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd) near Petaluma; $15 MALT member/ $20 non-member

Tomato U-pick Day and Potluck
Sat, 9/16/06, 10:00am (u-pick), 1:00pm (potluck)
Mariquita Farm in Hollister; Free

Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu & Tempeh & Other Soy Products"
Sat, 9/16/06, 10:00am-1:00pm
First Unitarian Church, 685 14th St. at Castro in Oakland; $45, plus $5 food/materials fee (due on day of class).

Del Monte Square Tomato and Olive Festival
Sat, 9/16/06, 12:00pm-4:00pm
THE CANNERY at Del Monte Square, 2801 Leavenworth St./Columbus in SF; Free

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Tomato Festival
Sat, 9/16/06, 9:00am-12:00pm
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Greenbelt Alliance Outing: Fruit and "Flies" - Gabriel Farm
Sun, 9/17/06, 10:00am-4:00pm
Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol; $7 Greenbelt Alliance members / $10 non-members.

Common Ground Garden Supply & Education Ctr Anniversary: Organic Dinner and Music Party!
Sun, 9/17/06, 4:00pm-8:00pm
559 College Ave. in Palo Alto; $75

7th annual "Taste of Marin" with Guest Speaker Paul Hawken
Sun, 9/17/06, 4:00pm-9:00pm
St. Vincent’s, just off the Marinwood Exit. in San Rafael; $150 ($125 for Marin Organic and MALT members)

Baywolf Restaurant Anniversary Dinners
Mon-Wed, 9/18/06-9/20/06
Baywolf Restaurant, 3853 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland; $50 per person, not including drinks, tax and tip

S.Pellegrino's Dine Out in San Francisco
Mon-Fri, 9/18/06-9/22/06
Participating restaurants in SF; $20 lunches, $35 dinners

Slow Food: Renato Sardo at the Museo Italo American
Thu, 9/21/06, 7:30pm
Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C. in SF; Free to Slow Food members and guests.

Alemany Farmer’s Market Tour
Sat, 9/23/06, 10:00am-11:30am
Alemany Market: 100 Alemany Boulevard. (Intersection of 101 and 280). in SF; $13

Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch
Sat, 9/23/06, 10:00am-2:00pm
Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy in Muir Beach; $15/Adult, $10/Toddler

Workshop: "Local Organic Gardening"
Sat, 9/23/06, 10:00am-4:00pm
Merriewood Children's Garden in Lafayette; $50 ($25 students).

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration - Max Duley of Peju Winery
Sat, 9/23/06, 10:30am-11:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Talk and book signing with Marion Nestle
Sat, 9/23/06, 11:30am
Port Commission Hearing Room in the Ferry Building in SF

Chiles & Beer Dinner! -- Millennium Restaurant
Tue, 9/26/06, 5:30pm-9:00pm reservations
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; 4-course prix fixe $50/person, $12/beer pairing

Fall Vegetables with Iyara at Whole Foods
Tue, 9/26/06, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Whole Foods, 1010 Park Place in San Mateo; $35

Shopping with the Chef at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
Thu, 9/28/06, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Thursday Berkeley Farmers' Market, Shattuck and Rose in Berkeley; Free

Ferry Building Night Market Organic Wine Tasting
Thu, 9/28/06, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Ferry Bldg Mktplace, Market and Embarcadero in SF; Free to attend; $5 tastes

Clark Summit Farm & Tresch Dairy
Sat, 9/30/06, 10:00am-3:00pm
30201 Shoreline Hwy. 1, 4 miles north of Tomales; $25 MALT members / $30 non-members

World Vegetarian Day Festival
Sat-Sun, 9/30/06-10/1/06, 10:00am-6:00pm
San Francisco County Fair Bldg, Golden Gate Park, near 9th/Lincoln in SF; Free to kids, students and seniors. Also free to everyone who comes before 10:30 a.m., after which a $5 donation is suggested.

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration - John Toulze of The Girl & The Fig
Sat, 9/30/06, 10:30am-11:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Starting an Organic Winter Garden
Sat, 9/30/06, 10:30am-12:30pm
Common Ground, 559 College Ave in Palo Alto; $24

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