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San Francisco in stainless steel cookware

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is currently hosting a witty installation by Beijing-based artist Zhan Wang. It's a sculpture of San Francisco made entirely of kitchenware — tongs, graters, pots, serving dishes, tea kettles, and so on. Naturally, each piece is made in China. The photo above shows the...

Bay Area event: A discussion of climate-friendly eating

Tomorrow night (Monday, March 31) I'm moderating a discussion about making environmentally conscious food choices, sponsored by CUESA. It's a pretty great panel — all women, incidentally: Helene York, Director of Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation and Project Director of the...

Digest – Features: Farming San Francisco, 0157′s mutant bastard, mo’ milk

Question for Digest readers; Does it annoy you when a Digest is really long like this one and we don't break it with a More jump? How bout when we do? Locavore locus: The Chronicle's Farming the City package features Kevin Bayuk, a young landscaper who wants to turn the city's 100+ acres' worth of vacant...

Spring fever

The first strawberries arrived at the Saturday Berkeley farmers market, which to me marks the official start of spring. I didn't get any, as I thought I would pick some up on the way back past the one stand that had them (Catalan Farm, I think?) and by then, of course, they were gone. But asparagus became...

Why does Kaiser Permanente support both farmers markets and industrial “meal replacement systems”?

I stopped by Kaiser Permanente last Friday at the same time as its weekly farmers market, which the Oakland Medical Center hosts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in partnership with the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association. It was a pretty sparse little market, with just Vital Vittles breads, a flower seller, two...

Digest – Commentary/features: SOLE supply blockages, choco woes, go bananas

COMMENTARY Feeling lucky, punk?: "Diet for a Dead Planet" author Christopher D. Cook on how Downergate represents the Russian roulette we've been playing with our food safety system...and now the "deregulated chickens, cows and pigs have come home to roost." (LA Times) Us and them:...

Quick update on Pollan event

The event last night in Vacaville with Michael Pollan went really well, I think. About 300 people showed up. I was able to ask most of my questions, many of yours, and quite a few of the audience's. Most importantly, I didn't trip, fall out of my chair, or spill my (ahem, bottled) water on the...

Check out the Winter issue of Edible San Francisco

Beginning in 2001 — way before the Ethicurean launched — an art-school dropout and ex-knife salesman named Bruce Cole was publishing biting food-politics posts and news coverage at a blog called Saute Wednesday. Bruce was one of our first regular readers and commenters, then became an adviser...

Eating locavore for the holidays in the Bay Area

The husband and I had Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner by ourselves. We're hibernating, like big antisocial bears — he's hanging drywall and I'm organizing my files. But don't pity us: we couldn't be happier. I hadn't really planned out what we were going to eat, simply going to the farmers market...

Farmers market overload

This Hook'n'Go cart, specially designed for farmers markets — a birthday gift from my mom last year, when it was NOT $60, I hope — has been a lifesaver when my personal pack mule husband can't accompany me on my big shops. Saturday was some sort of record -- I think I have 50 pounds of stuff on...

Bay Area events: “King Corn” filmmakers to chat with Michael Pollan, audiences

Like the maize from which it takes its name, the documentary "King Corn" is conquering America. The film's message — that maybe, just maybe, the U.S. is growing too much subsidized cheap grain — obviously contains enough kernels of truth to discomfort some Big Ag folk. Its run was...

“A three-ring circus of fruits and vegetables”: Monterey Market in film

I spent part of a beautiful sunny afternoon last weekend watching a documentary about a grocery store. That's right, a documentary about a grocery store. Some of you might be thinking that I saw Robert Greenwald's "Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price" or some other muckraking exposé. No,...

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