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Mushrooms: The Black Market

What’s exported to Europe from here, but underappreciated at home? The Bay Area’s black trumpet mushrooms, according to Connie Green, the owner of Wine Forest Mushrooms and long-time forager of wild fungi for some of the Bay Area’s top chefs—from Todd Humphries of Martini House to Thomas Keller of the French Laundry to Hiro Sone of Ame. Green ships out her prized trumpets, which she says grow better here than anywhere else, to cities like Barcelona and Paris. “But only a few chefs [here] really know what to do with them,” she says of what she calls the “blue cheese of mushrooms” because of their full flavor. According to Green, these select chefs include Traci Des Jardins, Mark Franz and Charles Phan.

Anti-Noise Pop Guide

Jay Farrar
Jay Farrar; courtesy of
Josh Cheuse

Can’t afford Noise Pop this year or can’t be bothered trying to score last-minute tickets? Although we here at the Hot List will be out in full force, bringing you up-to-the-minute Noise Pop coverage, we don’t want to forget about those of you who can’t make the weeklong SF music fest. Here are 7 Noise Pop alternatives happening in your area.

Foo Fighters at Oracle Arena

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Alt-rock outfit Foo Fighters played a high-energy set at Oakland's Oracle Arena on Saturday, February 2. Florida-based Against Me! opened the bill.

FOO FIGHTERS
Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

The Politically Incorrect Valentine's Ball

photography by Drew Altizer

On Saturday February 9, Jillian Manus and Alan Salzman hosted the Politically Incorrect Valentine's Ball at their home in Atherton, CA. The humorous, politically incorrect-themed soiree helped to benefit the Stanford Cancer Center.

Red Cross Paint the Town Red Gala Trunk Show

photography by Drew Altizer

Members of the Bay Area philanthropic community attended an invitation-only trunk show on Sunday, February 10 in anticipation of the annual Paint the Town Red Gala for the American Red Cross Bay Area. Hosted by gala committee members Elyse Adams and Lana Gleckman and co-sponsored by BrandHabit, a portion of the event’s proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross Bay Area disaster readiness and response efforts.

Melissa's Playlist 02.20.08


courtesy of Say Hi



Due to copyright issues, some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Jamie Lauren Likes it Nonstick, High Heat

Oh, the interwebs. What will they turn up next? Today’s discovery is the inimitable Jamie Lauren, executive chef at Absinthe, shilling for Pam®cooking spray in a series of web cooking videos. And the recipes…we might’ve expected seared scallops, but blackened salmon with tropical fruit salsa? Ginger stir fry? Not likely to debut on the Absinthe menu anytime soon, I don't think.

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