Digest: Where the wild things aren’t, Terra firma plans, slo-growing

Diner's Journal/NYT blog: Ever take a walk on the wild side in restaurants? Dairy Queen likes to — which is why she's shocked and embarrassed to learn from NY Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni that by law, the "wild" game served in U.S. restaurants is not exactly Bambi and Thumper, but more Old MacDonald. A must-read. (thanks Jack)

San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area chefs return from Slow Food's Terra Madre both full and humbled, with big plans to not only increase their purchases from local farmers, but also encourage consumers to do so.

Seattle P-I: Master Gardener Chris Smith is back, this time with two topics that are mighty appealing. First he talks about his plastic, portable greenhouse, which looks like it would fit in Man of La Muncha's small back yard. He just retired his basil plants in early November, no small feat in Seattle. He changes topic to point us north and west to a restaurant on Vancouver Island that pairs ciders with fresh, seasonal food from local farms.

Seattle P-I: It's wine-tasting time in the Pacific Northwest, and that means a short drive for Puget Sound residents to the wineries, breweries, and meaderies. The P-I lists several choice locations in Woodinville.

Travel Oregon: Travel Oregon lists current and upcoming wine events in the Willamette Valley, including the fact that it is Eyrie's 40th Anniversary. Eyrie was one of the pioneers of Oregon's wine industry, and helped establish Oregon as one of the best places in the world for Pinot Noir, aka Burgundian red.

News & Observer (NC): Duke University's dining hall and the local Cisco Systems cafeteria do the 150-Mile Challenge, thanks to parent company Bon Appetit.

New York Times*: Archer Daniels-Midland announces its plan to finish taking over the world dominate the bioenergy market.

E, the environmental magazine: Best, most comprehensive review we've read yet of the film adaptation of "Fast Food Nation." The Washington Post has a cute nostalgia story about MickeyD's that serves as a good side dish.

Dateline UC Davis: UC Davis, which devoted the entire month of October to reading and discussing Michael Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and related issues, is clearly way ahead of the Berkeley campus when it comes to food sustainability. This article from last month discusses a very successful pilot project the campus has done with edible landscaping.

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