Always wanted to become a locavore but never knew exactly how to start? Well, here's your chance: the 2nd Edition Bay Area Local Food Guide is coming! It lists over one thousand spots in the Bay Area that buy and sell local food — from restaurants and retailers to farmers markets and caterers. To celebrate, Buy Fresh Buy Local and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) are throwing a party at the Fort Mason Officer's Club (1 Fort Mason) this afternoon, Thursday, June 26, beginning at 4:30. Local food and wine will be in abundance (check the complete list here), and you'll have the chance to meet some of the fine folks who produce these goodies. Then at 6:30 a local food panel convenes to grapple with the question 'Why Local is the Answer.' Among the panelists are Jered Lawson of Pie Ranch, Alison Negrin of John Muir Health, and Simon Richard of Bi-Rite Market — moderated by Bill Fujimoto of Monterey Market. Dessert is at 7:30, along with farmer-to-chef networking. The event runs $30 per person. Buy yours at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. For more information call 510-832-4625.
— Brian Bernbaum