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Tasty Bites 11.20.06
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Very busy working on new projects this winter, so the next newsletter will be in December. The main topic will be great ideas in the world of sustainable agriculture, including Terra Madre recap and feedback...

You can visit our Events and What's New pages for the latest and greatest in the meantime...


Heritage Turkeys
If you haven't already sorted your turkey situation, why not try a heritage bird for this Thanksgiving feast? Forgo the freaks of nature -- industrially-raised turkeys -- that are bred to have disproportionately huge breasts and are commonly administered antibiotics. Mm, tasty! Heritage birds, on the other hand, are natural breeds, prized for being more moist and flavorful than their factory-farmed counterflocks.

Don't forget that heritage turkeys are leaner and have a more balanced white-to-dark meat ratio, so you should cook them faster and at higher temperatures for maximum deliciousness.

Where to buy
How to cook

Feeling inspired? Check out the 100 Mile Diet Thanksgiving!

Christmas Trees
For those eager to get that Christmas tree up, how about a sustainably grown tree? Or, better yet, a potted tree that doesn't get thrown away in a month? Cut-tree-wise, did you know it takes 7-10 years for a tree to grow, during which chemical pesticides and petrochemical fertilizers are routinely applied? Not good for our waterways or wildlife.

Never fear: Double K Christmas Tree Farm will be at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market starting this Saturday, so you can pick up a good ol fashioned, sustainably grown fir tree. If you'd like a larger tree (over 5'), you can order in advance by calling 707.773.4702.

Green Zebra

This is a great idea. Sheryl Cohen and Anne Fisher Vollen have just published the first Green Zebra Guide. It's the place to go for exclusive deals from environmentally conscious and community-oriented businesses. They've got 250 offers from organic restaurants and markets, eco-friendly retailers, green home services, yoga studios, spas, bike shops, museums, indie bookstores and more. Not only is it nice to check out all these great places in town, but there's over $12,000 worth of savings just waiting for you to cash in (great for the holiday gift-giving season).

You can buy the Green Zebra guide online, by phone at 415-346-2361, or at local green-friendly stores and bookstores.

If you buy online or by phone, use promotion code: ORG902, and $10 will be donated to Om Organics. Aw, thanks!

Schools and non-profit organizations can sell the Green Zebra Guide to raise money. Your organization gets to keep $10 for every $25 guide sold. No upfront costs; pay $15 per guide as you collect sales; only pay for the guides you sell. Easy!


B Restaurant & Bar: With a killer view of Yerba Buena Gardens, B is the new addition to the Boxed Foods family. Joining its sibs -- Boxed Foods Co. with gourmet sandos downtown and B with full lunch and dinner in Oakland -- B Restaurant & Bar offers an innovative, tasty menu including rattlesnake ceviche, little gem caesar with silken tofu dressing, butternut squash & brussels gratinee, 16 oz Duroc pork chop w/ grilled peach bread pudding & fig moussaline, "Tofu Bucco", and so forth. Gourmet, modern, healthy eats. And a great, big bar for drinks and snacks after work. 720 Howard St./3rd, 415-495-9800

Haven't tried these yet, so little snippet summaries for now:

Ava: All locally-sourced ingredients in this small, loungey, cozy restaurant in San Anselmo. 636 San Anselmo Ave./Tamalpais, 415.453.3407

Kara's Cupcakes: Adorable gourmet cupcake bakery in the Marina, SF. 3249 Scott St./Chestnut, 415-563-CAKE.

Petite Patisserie: Tasty pastries and cakes in Potrero Hill, SF. 1415 18th St./Missouri, 415-821-9378

Regalito Rosticeria: A varied fresh Mexican menu in a cool little Mission space, SF. 3481 18th St./Valencia, 415.503.0650

More organic-friendly restaurants

Just a little behind, but we're about to post some nice Google interactive maps on our restaurant and store pages, so you can easily find where to eat by location. Check them out in a day or so....! (Thanks, Josh!)

New Films

A quick recap of interesting films about food:

Fast Food Nation: Finally in the theaters. Definitely shows all sorts of exploitation (workers, women, animals, and more...yippee) as well as vegetarianism-inducing footage of the slaughterhouses. But, does it do the book justice? Does it really show the public the details about our dysfunctional food system and what we can do to change it? Not really.

Our Daily Bread: Opens this week, and so far the reviews are 8+/10. It looks to be somewhat like a food-based Baraka. "It's a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas."

Media That Matters: Good Food: Check this one out now; it's online. 16 different short films to inspire audiences to take action for a healthy, sustainable and delicious future. Brought to you by Chefs Collaborative, Community Food Security Coalition, Farm to School, Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, Food and Society Policy Fellows, The Food Project and Slow Food USA.

The Meatrix II ˝: Moopheus is at it again, this time showing the effects of high speed processing in meat-packing plants: manure in the meat from intestines not cleaned properly and worker injuries. Its simple conclusion: "Cut the Crap".


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

Women in Sustainable Agriculture Lecture Series
varies, 9/21/06-12/8/06; 6:45pm-8:45pm
UC Berkeley; College of Environmental Design, Wurster Hall room 106 in Berkeley; Free

Oliveto Truffle Dinners
565 College Ave. in Oakland

Campus Community Book Project Events Highlight Local Food
Various locations, UC Davis Campus in Davis; FREE and open to the public

Frugal Foodies Tuesday Night Dinners
Tuesdays, 11/7/06-11/28, 6:30pm-9:30pm
A live-work studio in Southwest Berkeley; $7/person

Thanksgiving Feast at Millennium Restaurant
Thu, 11/23, 2:30pm-7:30pm reservations available
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; 4-course prix-fixe menu

The Other Side of Thanksgiving at Maverick Restaurant
Fri-Sat, 11/24/06-11/25/06
Maverick Restaurant, 3316 17th/Valencia in SF

Ferry Building Fungus Festival with Far West Fungi and Bryan Waites of Medicine Restaurant
Sat-Sun, 11/25/06-11/26, 10:00am
Ferry Bldg Mktplace, Market and Embarcadero in SF; Free

Free canning workshops at Gospel Flat Farm
Sat, 11/26, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Gospel Flat Farm, 140 Olema/Bolinas Road in Bolinas; Free

You Are What You Eat: Michael Pollan at the SF Main Library
Thu, 11/30, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Main Library Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. (at Grove) in SF; Free

Book Talk with Author David Kamp: United States of Arugula
Thu, 11/30, 7:00pm
Book Passage, Ferry Building, Market/Embarcadero in SF; $35: includes the book and reception with Charles Krug wines & nibbles from Mijita.

Garden for the Environment Offers Organic Gardening and Composting Classes
Saturdays, 12/2/06-12/16, 10:00am-1:00pm/2:00pm
Location varies (see above) in SF; Free

Seasonal Cooking Demonstration - Jeffery Axel of The Hyatt
Sat, 12/2, 10:30am-11:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Talk and book signing ~ Sandor Katz
Sat, 12/2, 11:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free Event type: Educational

Cooking Class: Beginning Dessert Making at Alive! Restaurant
Sun, 12/3, 2:00pm-5:00pm (class); 5:00pm (dinner)
Alive!, 1972 Lombard St. in SF; $50

Holiday Winemaker Dinner with Preston Vineyards, Terra Sonoma, and Millennium Restaurant
Wed, 12/6, 6:00pm (sparkling wine reception); 6:30pm (dinner)
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; $75: 5-Course prix fixe menu

HARVESTING JUSTICE—Fundraising Brunch for People's Grocery
Sat, 12/9, 10:00am-11:15am
Double Tree Hotel, 200 Marina Blvd. in Berkeley; Free

Vegetarian Cooking Class: "A Healthful Holiday Feast"
Sat, 12/9, 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). Fees include demonstration, food samples, copies of recipes, coupons for restaurants and groceries, resources and more.

Seasonal holiday cookie demonstration and recipe exchange
Sat, 12/9, 10:30am-11:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Ecological education at Commonweal Garden
Sat, 12/9, 11:00am-3:00pm
Commonweal, 480 Mesa Rd. in Bolinas; $20, Free for Marin Organic members

Holiday Cooking Class at Millennium Restaurant
Sun, 12/10, 10:00am-3:00pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; $125/person (+tax)

Convert a Carnivore Day at Millennium
Wed, 12/13/06
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St. in SF; 25% off!

Commonwealth Club: Port & Chocolate: A Heavenly Pairing
Wed, 12/13, 6:30pm Check-in | 6:45 pm Program
Scharffen Berger Chocolate, 914 Heinz Ave. in Berkeley; $12 for Commonwealth Members, $18 for Non-Members

Garlic Cleaning at Marin Roots Farm; Special guest musician Arann Harris
Sat, 12/16, 11:00am-4:00pm
Marin Roots Farm in Petaluma; Free

Feed the Fire!

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