Events: Meet the folks behind the Eat Well Guide and The Meatrix!

Sustainable Table, the nonprofit responsible for the indispensable Eat Well Guide and the proud sponsor of the most awesome Meatrix videos, is touring America right now in a biodiesel-powered bus. Landing in L.A. yesterday, they’re rolling up the West Coast, then across the Midwest to end up back in New York in time for a Farm Aid concert in New York City September 9.

Along the way, they’re touring farms both rural and urban; baking, sharing, and eating pie; throwing some picnics and visiting restaurants; and screening some films — all to get people talking and thinking about eating locally, seasonally, and most of all, responsibly. The crew is chronicling their trip online through a blog, videos, and photos. (Diane, the director, couldn’t help herself from taking pictures of some of the mega-feedlot dairies they passed in southern California. If she actually ends up hugging a cow, I’d like to see a photo of that!)

This is short notice, but they’re in Northern California right now if you’d like to show your support and eat some tasty food with the gang. I hope to hook up with my Daily Table blogging e-pal Leslie at the Grand Lake farmers market tomorrow, and maybe hitch a ride on their cool bus. They’re also stopping at towns in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York — check out the full schedule here.

Friday, August 3, Pescadero, CA

  • 7-10 pm: Fundraiser barn-side film screening at Pie Ranch, with post-screening pie reception. Proceeds go to Pie Ranch’s Capital Campaign. Cost: sliding scale. RSVP to (650) 879-0971 or email, and include the number in your party. 

Saturday, August 4, East Bay & San Francisco

  • Morning: Visit the Grand Lake Farmers Market in Oakland and meet "Grub" authors Anna Lappé and Bryant Terry. Sustainable Table will give a small talk.
  • 3ish to 6 pm: Dinner in Willow Picnic area in Tilden Park, hosted by Slow Food Berkeley, Slow Food Bella Berkeley and Slow Food Aqua Terra (public. but only 100 tickets available). Slow Food will roast a Red Wattle Pig produced by a local farmer, and possibly a couple kids produced by the same farmer. Coffee and tea provided by Equal Exchange. Tickets are $25 plus your own dish made from local sustainable ingredients. Bring your own plates, glasses, tableware and napkins.
  • 7 pm: Dessert at Mission Pie Store, the retail operation of Pie Ranch, in the Mission District in San Francisco.
  • 8:30 pm: Join Sustainable Table for wine at the Ferry Plaza Building at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.

Sunday, August 5, Chico, CA

  • 7-10 pm: Fundraiser screening of "Eat at Bill’s: Life in the Monterey Market," followed by a "Pie and Port" reception with the Women’s Club in Chico. Proceeds go to the Chico Grange Hall Revitalization. Cost: sliding scale, $5-$50. To RSVP, email or call Noelle Ferdon at (530) 894-5194 and leave a message with how many in your party.


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