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Fat Tuesday!
Mackey & Pollan
Fancy Food
Farm Bill
New Things!
Fundraising
Events
Feed the Fire!

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What's New Online
Take Action
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Tasty Bites 2.14.07
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Happy Valentine's! First off, several of you wanted details on the organic wine at the Om happy hour last month... Here you go:

  • Can Vendrell Chardonnay/Xarel-lo 2005, Penedès, Spain
  • Pircas Negras Torrontés 2005, Famatina Valley, Argentina
  • Organic Vintners Pinot Noir 2005, Redwood Valley, Mendocino
  • BuenaVentura Carménère 2005, Lontué Valley, Curico Valley, Chile
  • NuevoMundo Cabernet/Malbec 2004, Maipo Valley, Chile
Find them online at Organic Vintners. Thanks again, Michelle! And, thanks Don at B Restaurant and dj Deckard as well! You rock.



Fat Tuesday!

Ok, no happy hour this month, but in its a place is a raucous Mardi Gras party on Fat Tuesday, February 20th!

Soulful Sustainable Fat Tuesday Celebration!

Organized by Jay Foster of Farmer Brown (organic food, live music & local art) and Chef Bryant Terry (co-author of GRUB), and copromoted by Om Organics, Mo’ Better Food (supporting African-American farmers), and KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio (community hip-hop/urban talk show), it looks to be one big party.

Raucous roaming music provided by the Jazz Mafia Brass Band beginning at 6pm, and beats by DJ Kendreazy starting at 11pm. New Orleans-inspired art by Jidan Koon. Big Chief Allison "Tootie" Montana’s second line photographs by Keba Konte.

Organic rum-n-juice Hurricanes, organic wines, Louisiana's own Abita Beer, New Orleans coffee cocktails, and a special 3-course local & organic Cajun-Creole dinner created by Chefs Jay Foster and Bryant Terry. Choose from Seafood & Vegetarian Gumbo, Coconut Shrimp Po' Boys w/ Jalapeno Pineapple Salsa, Cajun-Spiced Tempeh Po' Boys, Catfish Po' Boys, Red Beans & Rice, Carrot & Cayenne Cole Slaw w/ Raisins, Mac-n-Cheese, Candied Yams, Sauteed Greens, Chocolate Beignets, Pecan Pie.

Limited seating for those eating; otherwise, it’s all about the party!

$20 presale; $25 at the door
Tuesday, Feb. 20th ~ 5pm to 1am
Farmer Brown: 25 Mason St. @ Market in San Francisco

Online tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/10907
Phone tickets and questions: contact Farmer Brown at info@farmerbrownsf.com or 415.409.FARM (3276).



Whole Foods John Mackey & Michael Pollan

After tickets for the upcoming discussion between John Mackey (CEO and founder of Whole Foods) and Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore's Dilemma) sold out after a millisecond, they’ve decided to move it to the bigger Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley:
Tuesday, February 27 at 7pm.

And yes, there are still tickets!

THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF FOOD:
A talk by John Mackey, CEO and Founder of Whole Foods followed by a conversation with Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma.

Whole Foods Market is the largest organic and natural retailer in the world. The co-founder and CEO of the company will offer a multimedia presentation of the past, present, and future of food. Mackey will then join Pollan in conversation, continuing in person the exchange of views the two have been conducting since the publication of Pollan's 2006 book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

Their correspondence, which has explored such issues as organic and local food, animal agriculture, and the role of Whole Foods, is available at http://www.wholefoods.com/blogs/jm/ and http://www.michaelpollan.com/article.php?id=80.

If you have problems with tickets as the time draws closer, email us at info@omorganics.org. We might have an extra or two.



Fancy Food

Many local newspapers and food blogs have covered the amazing foods at the recent Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center. Here are our product picks in the world of organics and naturals:

  • Wild Planet Sustainable Canned Seafood - Seriously tasty wild albacore tuna, King salmon and Dungeness crab. Caught in more shallow waters = they are younger = they have less mercury = older reproducing fish are untouched. Sashimi-grade quality that is then cooked or smoked, and you can buy it online!
  • Hint Essence Water - This is really good water. Really light, subtle, clean taste from all-natural fruit like pomegranate tangerine, mango grapefruit, kiwi strawberry, peppermint, pear, raspberry lime, tropical punch, apple and cucumber. Find it in specialty stores, or have a case shipped right to you. Or pick it up? They're based in San Francisco...
  • Kona Kampachi - Silky, firm kampachi is showing up on more sushi and restaurant menus these days... Ask for Kona Kampachi specifically, as they are the first open-ocean, sustainable fish farm and hatchery. Or, just check out where to try it.
  • Real Wasabi - Killer, potent wasabi sauces, dressings, powder, and fresh wasabi root itself -- also available online. They apparently grow the wasabi in these caves where fresh spring water is flowing through. Sounded clean and pristine.
  • Fungus Among Us - Certified organic, delicious gourmet mushroom soup mixes, truffles, seasonings, marinades, and dried mushies. You can find them at Whole Foods.
  • San Pietro Avocado Oil - Cold-pressed and certified organic, avo oil is low in calories and high in monounsaturated good fats and oleic acid. Imported by M5 Corp.
  • Mixerz - If you're going to have a cocktail, why not use natural ingredients, real fruit juices, cane sugar, and no artificial anything? And, they're bottled in Napa Valley.



Farm Bill 2007

That's $30 Billion we're talking here...

Daniel Imhoff’s Presentation
Last week, Daniel Imhoff, author of Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill, spoke about the history of the bill, key issues from conservation to nutrition to energy policy, and how we can turn the tables…

In case you missed his booked-out presentation in SF, we've posted the audio files in our Features Archive along with more info from the CA Coalition for Food & Farming (see below).

Aside from the need to build citizen awareness, he highlighted some changes that would have a tremendous impact:

Grist’s Cool Coverage
Grist Magazine also has a short mini-series on the Farm Bill: A few change-makers for the Farm Bill 2007:
California Coalition for Food and Farming
Community Food Security Coalition
Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (SAC)

The CA Coalition for Food and Farming & CA Food and Justice Coalition in particular are working to bring urban and rural constituencies together to rally CA Congressional support for Farm Bill legislation that embraces our vision for a just and sustainable agriculture system. We invite you to join this effort.

Check out the summary or full draft of the Policy Platform and learn how to get involved. For more info about the campaign, contact Kari Hamerschlag at calfoodfarming@gmail.net.



New Things!

As always, here are more great new things to check out:

Restaurants

  • Fat Angel Bakery - Sweet and savory pastries, breads, cookies, and cakes in Fairfax, Marin County.
  • Miette Confiserie – Organic and gourmet candies in Hayes Valley, SF.
  • Mission Pie – All-day bakery café with ingredients from Pie Ranch, run by Mission High students, 25th/Mission in SF.
  • Piccino - Breakie and lunch pizzas, paninis, soups, salads and desserts from ex-Pizzetta 211 folks in Dogpatch, SF.
  • Roots Restaurant - In the first certified green hotel in CA: Orchard Garden Hotel in downtown SF.
  • Sugar Lump Coffee Lounge - Organic coffee, juices, sweet & savory pastries, and free wireless in the Mission, SF.
  • TWO - Hawthorne Lane has been reincarnated with less expensive California-Mediterranean and really nice loungey design in SOMA, SF.
  • Underdog - All-organic cafe for meat & vegetarian sausages, hot dogs and deli in the Sunset, SF.

All of these and more can be found in our Find Organics > Restaurants/Cafes section.

Info Resources

  • Meat Matters: Ask for Change – The Husbandry Institute has created a handy pocket card with questions to ask about the meat you’re buying and eating…Choices in meat can be a force of change or a vote for the status quo. Ask For Change helps you learn the specific terms and wording to navigate the nebulous world of meat.
  • Mouth Revolution – A hilarious 4.5-minute live-action film that parodies history and contemporary culture while informing viewers about the vital importance of eating real, organic foods. Narrated by revolutionary mouths who take it upon themselves to decide what they will and will not eat. Brought to you by Annie's Organics and the people who created the Meatrix.

Misc.

  • Macrobrew Organic Beer - Miller’s subsidiary Henry Weinhard's just announced a new Organic Amber Premium Ale. Even the big boys are jumping on the wagon. Woop!



Fundraising

Our fundraising efforts continue as we develop a much-needed tool to facilitate local food distribution, in addition to continually update and expand our online info and directory resource: www.OmOrganics.org.

Won’t you please take a moment to read more About Us and consider a contribution? Big or small, or medium… All donations help progress our programs that will greatly benefit local food systems here and elsewhere. Thank you!



Events

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

18th Annual Crab Festival
2/1/07-2/28/07
Lark Creek Group restaurants, see above in SF, Marin, South Bay

Frugal Foodies Tuesday Night Dinners
Tuesdays, 2/6/07-2/27/07, 6:30pm-9:30pm
A live-work studio in Southwest Berkeley; $7/person

Cooking classes: In the Kitchen with Wendy Van Wagner
Wednesdays, 2/7/07-2/28/07, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Mission District in SF; $50

Supermarkets, food access and economic development: A SPUR Discussion
Thu, 2/15/07, 12:30pm-1:30pm
312 Sutter St. (at Grant), Fifth Floor in SF; Free for SPUR members and $5 for non-members.

SECA: Victory Gardens at the SFMOMA
Thu, 2/15/07, 6:30pm
Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA at 3rd/Howard in SF; Free with Museum admission

Seasonal cooking demonstration ~ Staffan Terje of Perbacco Ristorante and Bar
Sat, 2/17/07, 10:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Kids Garden Club
Sat, 2/17/07, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park in Berkeley; $6 ($8 if not a resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County)

Soulful Sustainable FAT TUESDAY Celebration!
Tue, 2/20/07, 5:00pm-1:00am
Hosted by Farmer Brown, Chef Bryant Terry (co-author of GRUB), Om Organics, Mo' Better Food, and KPFA's Hard Knock Radio. Benefiting The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (www.esynola.org).
Farmer Brown: 25 Mason St. @ Market in SF; $20 presale, $25 at the door

2nd Annual Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Slow Food Fundraiser at FISH Restaurant
Tue, 2/20/07, 6:00pm-9:00pm
FISH restaurant, Clipper Yacht Harbor, 350 Harbor Dr. in Sausalito; $125 per person, all inclusive; $120 for Slow Food members

Regional land use and greenbelt farming: A SPUR Discussion
Tue, 2/21/07, 12:30pm-1:30pm
312 Sutter St. (at Grant), Fifth Floor in SF; Free for SPUR members and $5 for non-members.

Speaker: "Seafood Watch"
Thu, 2/22/07, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Tilden Nature Area, in Tilden Park in Berkeley; Free

Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch
Sat, 2/24/07, 10:00am-2:00pm
Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach; $15/person, $60 families of four or more.

Seasonal cooking demonstration ~ Patrick Clark of Sutro's at the Cliff House
Sat, 2/24/07, 10:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Preserving with the Seasons: Making Marmalade with June Taylor
Sun, 2/25/07, 9:30am-1:30pm
Still-Room, 2207 4th Street in Berkeley; $140

JC Cellars Wine Dinner at Baywolf Restaurant
Mon, 2/27/07, 7:00pm
Baywolf, 3853 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland; $110, incl tax/tip ($100 for Farmstead Wine Clubs)

The Past, Present, and Future of Food -- A Talk by John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Followed by a Conversation with Michael Pollan
Tue, 2/27/07, 7:00pm-?
Zellerbach, UC Berkeley Campus in Berkeley; $10, free for UCB students (limit of 4)

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

Seasonal cooking demonstration ~ David Little, Little Organic Farm and Helene Marshall, Marshall's Farm
Sat, 3/3/07, 10:00am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

California Farm Conference
Sun-Tue, 3/4/07-3/6/07
Beach Resort Monterey in Monterey; $135

Preserving with the Seasons: Making Marmalade with June Taylor
Sun, 3/4/07, 9:30am-1:30pm
Still-Room, 2207 4th Street in Berkeley; $140

Benefit: Local, Seasonal Cooking Class with Common Ground Garden Supply & Education Ctr
Sat, 3/7/07, 10:30am-1:30pm
Common Ground in Menlo Park; Location sent once you register; $110

1st Annual Artisan Cheese Festival
Fri-Mon, 3/9/07-3/12/07
Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma Hotel in Petaluma; $40 to $275

Vegetarian Cooking Class: "Buon Appetito - Hearty Homestyle Italian Cuisine"
Sat, 3/10/07, 10:00am-1:00pm
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. at Castro in Oakland; $45 (includes demonstration, local groceries, food samples, copies of recipes, and more).

Slide Ranch & Marin Organic Family Farm Day
Sat, 3/10/07, 10:00am-3:00pm
Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach; $20 per person, children 2 and under free., Marin Organic members $10.

Seasonal cooking demonstration ~ Jesse Branstetter, local chef
Sat, 3/10/07, 10:30am
North Arcade of the Ferry Building in CUESA's Dacor teaching kitchen. in SF; Free

Preserving with the Seasons: Making Marmalade with June Taylor
Sat, 3/10/07, 9:30am-1:30pm
Still-Room, 2207 4th Street in Berkeley; $140



Feed the Fire!

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