Meals for Change is a nonprofit, food-based social enterprise kitchen that seeks to boost Bay Area Community Services' programs for the elderly and disabled, all while supporting family farms and keeping food spending in the local community. Oh, and shrinking our carbon footprints here in the Bay. Whew! How? By selling packaged vegetarian and vegan entrées made from locally sourced ingredients, stuff like onion-chard bread casserole, mixed mushroom polenta pie, and Moroccan vegetable couscous. Find them at DeLano's IGA (4201 18th St. at Collingwood), Rainbow (1745 Folsom at 13th St.), and both S.F. Real Foods stores (3060 Folsom at Filbert, and 2140 Polk at Vallejo). Home delivery is also available via Planet Organics.
Tonight's Commonwealth Club event in the Port Commission Hearing Room at the Ferry Building (second floor, One Ferry Building at the Embarcadero) combines a food and wine tasting with a short documentary about the venture, as well as a panel discussion and the official Meals for Change entréee product launch. The panel discussion features Brahm Ahmadhi of People's Grocery, with Larry Bearg of Planet Organics, Kent Ellsworth of Bay Area Community Services, and chef Dominique Crenn of Luce. Moderator is Jen Maiser, Life Begins @ 30 blogger and co-organizer of the Eat Local Challenge. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $12 for Commonwealth Club members. Advance purchase (like, right now) through the Commonwealth Club's Web site is recommended, or just show up. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the tasting is from 6 to 7 p.m., and the panel and film are from 7 to 8 p.m.