Eat + Drink
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. SFMOMA: Now Playing: The occasional Now Playing events at the SFMOMA should be circled in red in every cheap boozer's datebook, thanks to their combination of cool art, free beer and wine, and cheap, tasty small plates. Your half-price museum admission (members get in free) includes gratis Trumer Pils and Scribe wines, and edibles go for $5. (Thursday, September 16, 6-8 pm, at SFMOMA, 151 3rd St., SOMA.)
CUESA's Sunday Supper (which I blogged about yesterday) will feature the talents of scores of local chefs. For the main event—a sit-down, family-style dinner, six chef teams will be cooking a whole beast, which will then be served tableside. Two of the major talents cooking that night are Ryan Farr, owner of 4505 Meats (and creator of the justly famous 'zilla dog) and Taylor Boetticher, owner of the Fatted Calf.
As far as big-name roasters in San Francisco go, none are bigger than Blue Bottle. Locals love it, and tourists flock to it like gulls to an untended ham sandwich. The company has been on an expansionist tear in the last couple of years. Since 2008, it has opened new locations at Mint Plaza, the Ferry Building, Jack London Square in Oakland and, perhaps most famously, Brooklyn. But for years, there's been one notable part of town where Blue Bottle has been eclipsed by other roasters: The Mission. No more. Thanks to one gorgeous new cafe and restaurant that's just opening, and another coffee cart site on the way, the Mission is about to enter a new blue phase.
Urban Food Foraging
This Sunday, September 19, lace up your walking shoes and prepare for some urban gleaning. 18 Reasons, together with the AIA, Forage Oakland, Neighborhood Fruit and FARM, is leading a food foraging tour. You'll visit (and harvest from) 3-4 different sites, then return to 18 Reasons for a light lunch and a tasting of (legally) pilfered produce. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets cost $10 for members of the AIA or 18 Reasons, $20 for the general public.
It's tea time. The tea industry is surging in America, and the experts want to know why. In honor of the nation's new-found appreciation for the brew, several of the world's tea and tech giants are converging in the Bay Area tonight at 5 pm to be featured on Samovar founder Jesse Jacobs' new video series "Tea With. . .", an entrepreneurial, inspirational show with bright businessmen who are trailblazers in their industries.
Yesterday, in a move that should make quite an impact on fisheries, Whole Foods has paired up with both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute to institute a new wild-caught rating system much like the Seafood Watch Program that the Monterey Bay Aquarium started. No longer do shoppers have to look deep into their conscious to see if they've retained any of the litany of complicated information on sustainable fisheries. No longer do they have to hunt for their little Seafood Watch card shoved in their wallet or download it on their iPhone—risking total nerd status.
Six chefs. Six whole beasts. One Sunday Supper.
CUESA is hosting their eighth annual fundraising dinner, a pull-out-all-the-stops cocktail reception and family-style meal on October 3 that features an impressive roster of SF chef talent. Though the meal is always outstanding (and worthy, as proceeds support CUESA's educational planning), this year it promises to be better than ever.
Ike's Place, your candle burned bright, but the end has come. The eviction of one of the city's brightest sandwich gems takes effect tomorrow, but not before a late night street shindig and thousands of sandwiches served to dirty sauce fiends. Ike's will be open until the stroke of midnight tonight, so head down to the 16th Street outpost for one final wait in line.
Judging by the number of emails I've received and tweets I've seen in the last few days concerning this article, I'm going to go ahead and guess that it's something that has captured the interest of more than a few readers of this blog.
Rebecca Thistlethwaite's provocative piece basically takes people—that is to say, upper middle-class people—to task for paying lip-service to the idea of changing the food system while simultaneously buying meat at Trader Joe's, splurging only occasionally on pastured eggs and blissing out on "highfalutin pork rinds." (On that last point, I am guilty as charged.) It's probably not a surprise to learn that, by and large, I agree with Ms. Thistlethwaite's message. And yet. There's something about her delivery that really rubs me the wrong way.
The article that ran on grist.org is a repackaged version of something she wrote for her own blog, Honest Meat. There, in the original post, you'll find a list of around forty things she says a person needs to do to support a sustainable food system. Sweat on a farm. Kill an animal. Own a chest freezer. Buy in season. "Have eaten and enjoyed at least 1 of the following: chicken feet, gizzards, liver, heart, kidney, sweet breads, head cheese, or tripe." The list—which includes lots of great, reasonable suggestions—reads to me a bit like a checklist to determine who is the most hardcore. While I understand that the point that Ms. Thistlethwaite is trying to provocatively get across the point that it is not enough to be a passive consumer, I find her list almost detrimental and discouraging to Americans looking to wean themselves off a broken food system.