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Saul’s got SOLE: The Jewish deli in Berkeley evolves

When it comes to comfort food — especially comfort food that is wrapped in "tradition" like the Jewish deli — change can cause a lot of discomfort. People want what they think will make them feel better. They want what they are used to eating, whether that means a chilled soup in the middle of winter,...

It takes a city to save a farm: How the Bay Area food and farming community helped Soul Food Farm recover from a devastating fire

I posted previously on Ethicurean (here and here) about the September fire at Soul Food Farm, a relatively new but well-known pillar of the Bay area food scene. The detailed account that follows will soon appear in Edible San Francisco, and while it recaps some of what I've written before, I post it here in...

Hatching plans to save Soul Food Farm

Thank you to everyone who's donated to the Soul Food Farm Fire Fund to date, and for all your supportive comments on my last post about the devastating blaze at the Vacaville chicken farm. Since I last wrote, I've gotten a blog installed and set up for the farm, and spoken to Alexis about what exactly the...

Scorched pastures and lost birds at Soul Food Farm

The Bay Area's well-known, much-loved Soul Food Farm was devastated by a fire last night, I learned this morning from a heartbreaking email sent to friends by Soul Food's Alexis Koefoed. Alexis and I were in the middle of setting up a Community Supported Agriculture program for Soul Food's pastured chickens...

San Francisco enacts first mandatory composting law in U.S.

San Francisco to rest of U.S.: Step up!: San Francisco's incredibly progressive mayor, Gavin Newsom, has just signed what he calls "the most comprehensive recycling and composting legislation in the country and the first to require residents and businesses to compost food scraps." San Francisco is already...

Preserving the seasons through fermentation

The new culture of culturing: One of the hot topics in the Bay Area food community is fermentation — using friendly bacteria to turn fruits and vegetables into sauerkraut, kimchi and other piquant preserves. Tara Duggan gives an extensive overview of this new culture, one that is spawning home-picklers,...

Fujimotos’ departure from Monterey Market a tough blow to local food chain

By Carol Ness Calling Bill and Judy Fujimoto's forced departure on Wednesday from Berkeley's Monterey Market — after two years of family dissension over their vision for the business — a tragedy isn't a stretch. For those who don't know it, Monterey Market is one of the pillars of the Bay Area food scene, a...

Foraging and building tomato cages in Oakland

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn I’ve always found store-bought tomato cages to be utterly unsatisfactory. First of all, there’s the aspect of price. How a garden store can reasonably charge $6.99 for a piece of cheaply soldered metal that barely holds together is beyond me. (And of course one needs six to ten of...

Free-range Porky’s, now playing at one Bay Area cinema

San Francisco may have more vegetarians and health-obsessed eaters per capita than any other U.S. city, but it also has a fair number of pork lovers — and to serve them, numerous restaurants cure their own meat, offer whole hog dinners, and so on. The city is also a haven for independent and repertory...

The slaughter bottleneck in buying local meat

Last fall I wrote a piece for Mother Jones' sustainability issue, on how the lack of small-scale slaughter facilities hampers both local meat production and distribution. It was bumped from that issue, along with all the other food coverage, and finally appears in this month's March/April special package on...

A recent California transplant builds a garden with help from fellow zero-wasters & frugalistas

By Stephanie Paige Ogburn As the general economic malaise coincides with impending spring fever, recession gardening has come into vogue. Stories of record-high seed sales pepper the news, along with musings about modern-day Victory Gardens saving people money on produce sales. I’ve been gardening — most...

Eat, drink, think: San Franciscans, come play Edible Pursuit this Sunday!

As anyone who's opened up a magazine or a newspaper recently knows, the print publishing industry is in deep trouble. (When the New Yorker has not a single ad between the inside cover and the Table of Contents, that's kind of like walking into Chez Panisse at 7 on a Friday night and finding it half empty.)...

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