photography by Stefanie Michejda
1. Firing on all cylinders
Bruschetta with Sweet Peppers and Ricotta
Each year at the farmers’ market seems to bring bell peppers in ever more stunning colors. By mid-September, Bay Area markets are ablaze with red, yellow, green and orange peppers and multicolored combinations thereof. I can’t resist them. To show off their colors, I’ll braise them together, then spoon them over ricotta-topped bruschetta (oiled toast).
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Who are you calling honey, sweetheart? Scott, Mayclem and Werner together at Macy's
1. Poke your eye out
Forget about the same old baking and hot dog eating contests. The western addition Hawaiian restaurant, Hukilau, puts a contemporary twist on the food festival with a poke (diced, raw fish salad) preparing competition and a Spam musubi eating contest. Join the big Kahunas and get your own taste of the tropics from noon to 8 p.m. on September 6.
2. Elbow your way in
They call it Slow Food, but let me tell you that some of the biggest lines are at the drinks tables. Of all the sections, though, I have to give the nod for the beer pavilion as the best of them all. Why? Not just because it's the quickest service, but because of the diversity and breadth of the selection. The beer pavilion is divided into three bars, each representing a method of beer delivery: bottle, cask, and draught (below).
The monumental Slow Food Nation affair is finally here! Time may have felt like it slowed down since you first heard that the largest Slow Food event in America was coming to San Francisco for Labor Day weekend, but with all the events quickly selling out it’s time to pick up the pace and make plans. You can slow down again once you get there. Here are our picks for the best of show.
photo by John Olmstead
1. Urban farm excursion