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Tasty Bites 11.23.04
Event updates each week; more extensive edibles every other

Heritage Turkeys

This Thanksgiving, stay away from the scary Large White turkeys sold in 90% of our stores. They're bred for massive breasts where they end up so out of proportion they lose their natural ability to fly, run or mate. On large farms, they're routinely administered antibiotics as well, which has caused concern among medical scientists and consumers alike.

And, if that isn't enough, Large White turkeys lack flavor. They are indeed freaks of nature!

This holiday season, thousands of Americans will forgo their normal Large White to enjoy a different kind of bird. "Heritage" turkeys (called "Standard turkeys" in the industry) are enjoying a culinary comeback.

Thanks to the joint efforts of breed conservationists, farmers and Slow Food, demand for heritage turkeys surged in 2003. A new niche in a corporate controlled market, heritage turkeys are helping bring natural turkeys and profits back to the farm, and health to the consumer.

Where to buy heritage turkeys in the Bay Area.

More about heritage turkeys from The New Farm organization.
Some info above excerpted from their site.

Events This Week

No Turkey's Allowed!
Millennium's 10th Annual Thanksgiving Feast

Thu, 11/25/04
Millennium Restaurant, 580 Geary St, at Jones in SF;
4-course Prix Fixe $60/person
Millennium is hosting its 10th Annual Thanksgiving Supper, sans the Traditional "Turkey", with all the rest of the fixin's. The Vegan Feast of all Vegan Feasts will commence with a Cornucopia Medley of delicious little morsels to amuse your mouth-watering palate. Next step is the choice of a Savory Autumn Soup or a Farm Fresh Salad of Greens and Spiced Goodies. Then all will continue on with the main event, carefully choosing between two gobble-licious entrees. Like every kid loves chocolate cake - even the fullest of Thanksgiving gluttons can't pass up the sound of Pecan or Pumpkin pie. So leave the turkeys to roam and the cookin' to Millennium, and call the friendly host to make your reservation today. 415-345-3900. (Click the link for more details on the menu.)

Meet the Producer: Bariani Olive Oil
Sat, 11/27/04, 10:00am-10:30am
In front of the Ferry Building, Embarcadero/Market in SF; Free
Get the lowdown straight from the producer.

Shop With the Chef: Ken Frank of La Toque
Sat, 11/27/04, 10:30am-11:30am
In front of the Ferry Building, Embarcadero/Market in SF; Free
See and taste the seasonal produce local chefs are buying and cooking!

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