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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.

Game Day: 9 Bars to Watch Football At on Sunday

San Francisco! Fire it up for football season! The action starts tonight, but Sunday's where it's at for Niner fans. They're favored to win their division this season (virtual chest bump) and are opening against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 1:15 pm.

Couch-watchers, we respect you (kinda). But for those who need to venture out and revel in that communal adrenaline, here are some solid choices for football-watching bars. Favorite bar not in here? Tell us where you go on Any Given Sunday in the comments.

Market Watch: Putting the Finishing Touches on Eddie Lau's Menu @ The Summit

I shopped the market recently with Eddie Lau, whose latest project, The Summit, is only a week or so away from opening its doors in the Valencia Street space that once housed the New College of California. As opening day approaches Eddie, who has cooked at both Orson and Poleng Lounge, is putting the finishing touches on his menu, which he tells me is modeled after a modern brasserie. He plans to source most of the ingredients for The Summit directly from local farms like Dirty Girl Produce, County Line Harvest and Full Belly.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Fashion's Night Out: Those who like a little drinking with their shopping should head to the Westfield on Friday night, where stores will be offering plenty of deals. A $10 ticket buys access to a party with wine and nibbles from LarkCreekSteak; after the fete, retailers like Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, and Tous will dispense free champagne, bites, and discount duds dispensed in equal quantities. All the proceeds from the event go to ArtPoint. (Friday, September 10, dome party 5-6:30 pm, store parties 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., Mid-Market.)

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