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Eat It: Foraged Foods, Izakaya Snacks and a Personal Somm

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.

Tea Mavericks Converge in the Bay Area Tonight

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.

Yes You Can: Whole Foods Now Rates Fish, From Stop to Go

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.

CUESA's Sunday Supper: Let the Wild Beast Hunt Begin!

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 Parties 'Till the Bitter End: Serving Sandwiches Until Midnight Tonight

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.

Hardcore Eaters: When Well Meaning Becomes Obnoxious

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 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.

Honey Deuce: Brings Us The Official Cocktail of Tennis Fans

Attention all tennis fans: if you didn't know, the Honey Deuce is the official cocktail of the US Open. The honey what, you ask? It's a combination of vodka, lemonade and raspberry liquer so popular that since its creation in 2007, fans have consumed over 100,000 of them. So, to get into the true spirit of the US Open, has provided us with the recipe for this new classic plus an old thirst quencher, the Racquet Cocktail, which dates back to 1893!

Alice Waters' Kitchen in Vanity Fair

There's no doubt that Chez Panisse founder and eat-your-vegetables poster girl Alice Waters has a lovely home kitchen filled with colorful, and indeed fiber-tastic, provisions from sweet little farms the world over. Vanity Fair recently scored a sneak peek inside the notoriously private restaurateur's personal canteen.

A Plea: Bring Back the Bartender

I was at Cafe Des Amis in Cow Hollow the other night. As usual, I sat at my preferred spot to eat dinner: The bar. I was pleasantly surprised to see a bartender there that has served me in the past when he worked at Perbacco. His name is Scott Wolf and he's my kind of guy: friendly, a little saucy, always professional and on his game.

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