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Tues Happy Hour!
New Ideas for '07
New in Our Site
Events
Feed the Fire!

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Tasty Bites 1.19.07
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Happy 2007! To help bring in the new year, read about some great new ideas, and come hang out at our happy hour on Tues, the 23rd....



Tuesday Happy Hour!

What better way to bring in the new year than a party! We’re kicking off our happy hour series at B Restaurant & Bar, a sleek new hangout overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens south of Market in San Francisco. They also happen to serve amazing food using 85% organic ingredients…

Come join us!

What: Fun, relaxed happy hour with inexpensive drinks and snacks, a sweet local dj, and YOU!

When: Tuesday, January 23rd, 5-8pm

Where: B Restaurant, 720 Howard St./3rd in SF; go up the stairs between 3rd and 4th. Near the Powell St. BART station, or park at Moscone, SFMOMA, or 5th/Mission garages.

How much: Free to get in, $3 organic wine, $4-5 organic small plates, $5 organic cocktails.

RSVP: Not mandatory, but it helps us get an idea of the count. Please send a quick email. Thanks!

Many thanks to our partners for the event: Organic Vintners,
B Restaurant, and dj Deckard.



New Ideas for '07

There's been a lot of action in the sustainable living and food world. Here are just a few of the hundreds of changes and improvements happening locally and nationally:

Om Direct: Hate to toot our own horn, but we're in Major Fundraising Mode for our exciting new online tool for local food distribution. (Thanks to the Columbia Foundation and SF Foundation, we can beta launch this spring!) It will be used by many wholesale buyers in the Bay Area wanting to source local, sustainable goods. We do need your help!

Sustainable Food News: As of last year, the sustainable food world has an excellent news resource. Not a cheap subscription, but definitely worth it.

Buy Fresh Buy Local in the Bay Area: Part of a national campaign, CAFF is helping the Bay Area more easily identify and find locally produced foods. Due to launch this year.

Slow Food Nation: In San Francisco this May, it’s a marketplace of over two hundred farmers and artisans from across the country who will showcase the range of traditional American foods.

Get Fresh with Sara Snow: A new primetime series on Discovery Health Channel, where viewers learn to make healthier choices in their food, cleaning products, clothes, and transportation. Most shows include a seasonal cooking segment.

SF Interagency Healthy & Sustainable Food Working Group: A new committee in the San Francisco city government, focusing on sustainable food and food service procurement, food justice, and other food-related programs for the City.

USDA Enforcement of Organics: Or, they’re at least starting to by releasing a list of recent violators.

Roots of Change: Vivid Picture: We now have specific initiatives for the CA food system: create/retain urban/suburban farmland to supply cities, focus on triple-bottom line for sustainable businesses, financially assist on-farm production, nurture food justice programs, encourage buying locally for things available locally, and so forth.

Food Security and the Farm Bill: Many organizations are working to reform our dysfunctional farm bill that comes up for review this year. It covers Commodities, Conservation, Ag Trade & Aid, Nutrition, Farm Credit, Rural Development, Research, Forestry, Energy, and Misc. Imagine if the billions of dollars were allocated wisely to support sound practices – economically and environmentally. This is a critical issue…

House Ag Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Ag: A new committee has been formed to raise awareness of organic agriculture among Congress members. The chairman is Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif).

Healthy Foods Act for the Farm Bill: U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced “The Healthy Farms, Foods and Fuels Act of 2006” to get bipartisan support to make the legislation a cornerstone of the 2007 farm bill. “Simple direct commodity support payments are a dinosaur left over from a previous era of farming,” he said. “What’s really needed is … [to help] farmers on the ground find a more sustainable way of farming, both for…livelihoods and…environment.”

Organic Consumers Fund: Formed by the Organic Consumers Association, the Fund focuses on policy reform and more interaction with the government. They recently publicized which politicians support organic ag.

Green Nat'l Restaurant Assoc.: The NRA recently unveiled its multi-year plan to steer its 375,000 member restaurants toward environmentally sound practices. First action: develop a "roadmap to sustainable restaurant operations” to affect the $511 billion foodservice industry.

Oakland’s Packaging Ordinance: New regulations prohibit Oakland food vendors from using polystyrene foam (like Styrofoam), and require they use biodegradable/compostable disposable food serviceware.

My Organic Market (MOM): A growing grocery chain that sells organic and local products, buys windpower for 100% of their energy needs, offers hybrid car credits to staff, provides "green home packages" with energy-saving light bulbs and a programmable thermostat, offers free reusable bags for shoppers, and offers free air tire fill-ups, as fully inflated tires use less gas.

Portland Composts!: Following in the footsteps of San Francisco and Seattle, Portland has teamed with garbage haulers, businesses and institutions to collect food and other organic waste to be converted to rich farming soil.

UN Research of Organics: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) plans to investigate the potential for organic agriculture to support food security needs around the world.

UN Research of Cattle Farms’ Harm: The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organization revealed that livestock are responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases that cause global warming as well as a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to poisoning rivers and drinking water.



New in Our Site

In case you haven't been to the Om site lately, we've added a new feature article, a lot of cool new features, and - as always - events and new organic-friendly businesses in our directory! Check em out:

New Feature: The Bay Area Food System
It took over a year, but we've finally posted a new Feature article about the Bay Area food system. What is it and who's working for it?? More than 100 organizations, that's who...!

Interactive Maps to find where to eat & shop
Click on Restaurants or Retail Stores, and you can find an organic-friendly restaurant or store by location on slick, interactive maps. (Many thanks to Josh, our killer intern.)

Wholesale Section
Requested by restaurants wanting to switch from conventional to organic ingredients, this section provides wholesale info to source local, sustainable product for your business! It also includes suppliers from the Chez Panisse Purveyors handbook.

Site Map
Find what you're looking for...

Seasonal Mushrooms Chart
Find out when you can expect morels, lobster mushies, porcinis, king trumpets, and more... Click "Mushrooms, Wild" for the handy dandy chart.

Full definitions of Food Labels
Now, all those pesky labels explained and demystified. Grass-fed, grain-finished, organic, beyond organic, biodynamic, cage free, free roaming -- it's all in there...

Read more of What's New in the Om site, including new businesses and events.



Events

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

Annual Dine About Town in SF
1/1/07-1/31/07
Restaurants throughout SF in SF; $21.95 lunches, $31.95 dinners

Frugal Foodies Tuesday Night Dinners
Tuesdays, 1/2/07-1/30/07, 6:30pm-9:30pm
A live-work studio in Southwest Berkeley; $7/person

Cooking classes: In the Kitchen with Wendy Van Wagner
Wednesdays, 1/3/07-1/31/07, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Mission District in SF; $50

Celebrate Winter Citrus Fruit
Wed, 1/17/07, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Whole Foods, 1010 Park Place in San Mateo; $32

Meeting and Potluck: Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative
Thu, 1/18/07, 6:30pm-8:00pm
1718 9th St. in Berkeley; Free

Oliveto's 20th Anniversary Festa
Sat-Sun, 1/20/07-1/21/07, 12:00pm-10:00pm
Oliveto, 5655 College Ave. in Oakland

Kids' Garden and Cooking Club
Sat, 1/20/07, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park in Berkeley; $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County)

Preserving with the Seasons: Making Marmalade with June Taylor
Sat OR Sun, 1/20/07-1/21/07, 9:30am-1:30pm
Still-Room, 2207 4th Street in Berkeley; $140

Super Bowl XLI Cooking Class at Millennium
Sun, 1/21/07, 10:00am-3:00pm
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; $125/person

32ND Winter Fancy Food Show
Sun-Tue, 1/21/07-1/23/07, 10:00am-5:00pm (Sun-Mon); 10:00am-4:00pm (Tue)
Moscone Center in SF; $35/person before Dec. 8th; $60/person thereafter

Eric Schlosser discussing Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Sun, 1/21/07, 8:30am-10:00am Moscone Center in SF; $40

Om Organics January Happy Hour at B Restaurant
Tue, 1/23/07, 5:00pm-8:00pm
B Restaurant, Yerba Buena Terrace - go up stairs on Howard b/w 3rd and 4th in SF; Free (please rsvp so we have an approx. count!)

Winter Poultry (Hands On)
Tue, 1/23/07, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Whole Foods, 1010 Park Place in San Mateo; $35

Eco-Farm 2007
Tue-Fri, 1/24/07-1/27/07 Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove (near Monterey)

3rd Annual Coturri Wine & Mushroom Dinner at Millennium
Wed, 1/24/07, 6:00pm (sparkling wine reception), 6:30pm sharp (dinner served)
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St./Jones in SF; 5-course prix fixe $75/person, gratuity & tax not included

Far Leaves Tea Tasting with the Commonwealth Club
Thu, 1/25/07, 5:30pm (reception); 6:00pm (program)
Far Leaves Tea, 5677A Horton St.. in Emeryville; $15 Commonwealth members; $20 non-members

Series - The Art of Home Farming
Saturdays, 1/27/07-4/14/07, 10:30am-2:00pm
Common Ground, 559 College Ave. in Palo Alto; $210 for the series

Conference: "Californians for Pesticide Reform"
Sat, 1/27/07, 9:00am-6:00pm
TBD in SF

Full Moon Feasts
Sat, 2/3/07 Three Stone Hearth, Addison and Bolivar Drive in Berkeley; $40 donation / $10 for kids under 12

Cowgirl Creamery Tour
Sat, 2/3/07, 10:00am-11:30am Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station; Tickets are $20, tickets for Marin Organic members are $10.

Seasonal cooking demonstration ~ Kevin Koebel of Rogue Chef Culinary Co.
Sat, 2/3/07, 10:30am North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen in SF; Free

Kids' Garden and Cooking Club
Sat, 2/3/07, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park in Berkeley; $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County)

Oliveto Whole Hog Dinners
Thu-Fri, 2/6/07-2/9/07 565 College Ave. in Oakland

Seasonal cooking demonstration ~ Russel Jackson, the "Dissident Chef," of SubCulture Dining & John E. Myers of Aquatic Culture
Sat, 2/10/07, 10:00am (Russell Jackson); 11:15am (John Myers) North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Demystifying Tofu & Tempeh"
Sat, 2/10/07, 10:00am-1:00pm
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. at Castro in Oakland; $45 (in advance), plus $5 food/materials fee (due on day of class)

Absinthe Annual Champagne & Oyster Event; benefit for Save the Bay
Mon, 2/12/07, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Hayes/Gough in SF; $70 per person



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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  • by check: "Om Organics: Project of SFF CIF", 225 Bush St. #500, SF, CA 94104

THANK YOU!



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