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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Season 12 Top Chefs Collaborate in the Kitchen With Local Purveyors

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 8:56 AM

Top Chef winner Mei Lin working the pass. - THE DAPPER DINER
  • The Dapper Diner
  • Top Chef winner Mei Lin working the pass.

When it comes to Top Chef, the Bay Area has had its fair share of representatives as competitors. Unfortunately, none have been able to take home the big prize, if you exclude the Masters spin-off which was been won both by Chris Cosentino and Douglas Keane in back-to-back years. This year, Chef Melissa King looked poised to battle it out at the top, but despite amazing efforts through 13 rounds, she earned a fourth place finish among the 16 chef squad. However, the strong camaraderie between her and eventual winner, Chef Mei Lin of L.A.’s ink restaurant, provided some of the show’s best moments.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Healthy Mind: Brain-Boosting Foods Star in New Cookbook by Rebecca Katz

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 1:31 PM

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When it comes to discussing the healing properties of food, there is perhaps no better local advocate than Rebecca Katz. The founding director of Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal in Bolinas, and executive chef of the annual Food is Medicine training program sponsored by the Center for Mind Body Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, Katz is out with her fourth book (with co-author Mat Edelson), this time on foods that boost brain activity.

With two prior books on food for cancer patients and one on foods that promote longevity, The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Metal Clarity, (Ten Speed Press) is not only full of delicious-sounding recipes featuring the usual suspect healthy foods such as lentils, leafy greens and quinoa, but in the book’s “culinary pharmacy” chapter, we learn about such brain-boosting foods as pumpkin and sesame seeds. Herbs that aid brain function include parsley and mint, and in the spice department, we have saffron and cinnamon.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

"The City's Brewing Scene Is Poised to Explode": Talking Beer Week with SF Brewers Guild's Brian Stechschulte

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

This year's SFBW promises to be even bigger than last year's. - BETH LABERGE
  • Beth Laberge
  • This year's SFBW promises to be even bigger than last year's.

We woke up before our alarm and jumped out of bed this morning with excitement, because today marks the beginning of SF Beer Week, a 10-day drinking extravaganza that offers some of the best beer in the country, if not the world.

With more than 700 events scheduled for this year, its seventh, the festival can be a little daunting for even the hardest core beer nerd. Along with making our SF Beer Week decision chart and strategy guide, we chatted with San Francisco Brewers Guild's Brian Stechschulte, the man behind the scheduling, sponsors, social media, brewery-studded opening gala, and more, to find out exactly how we should think about the biggest week (and then some) in the brewing community.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Get Your Tickets to SF Beer Week's Opening Gala, Now On Sale

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

BETH LABERGE
  • BETH LABERGE
If you're interested in local beer, there's no better event than SF Beer Week's opening gala. The February party features dozens upon dozens of local breweries pouring their latest and greatest brews — you can taste to your heart's desire, spot trends, check out what's going on with your favorites, and more. Russian River Brewing's famed Pliny the Younger is usually there as well.

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Thinking of Starting Your Own Food Biz? Here's Help

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

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Seems like everyone wants to quit their day job to open their own artisanal mustard company these days. But while doing it may seem glamorous, how sustainable of a business idea do you really have?

Susie Wyshak, an Oakland-based food business strategist, offers plenty of insight into that very question in Good Food, Great Business: How to Take Your Artisan Food Idea from Concept to Marketplace, which just came out from Chronicle Books.

Wyshak was working for the upscale foodie online marketplace Foodzie when she decided to embark on the book. She had also thought long and hard about starting her own food business, and had heard from so many others about their successes and failures. Rather than start a business of her own, she decided to help others learn how to do it.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Chocolate Guru Alice Medrich Demystifies Alternative Grains

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM

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I’ll admit I sometimes roll my eyes when it comes to the whole gluten-free thing, so a gluten-free cookbook is not one I’d particularly seek out. But here is one that just happens to be gluten-free, in which Alice Medrich demystifies the world of alternative grains.

Gluten-free baking can be daunting, especially since most bakers know, you can’t just replace gluten-free flour for regular and expect stellar results.

But Medrich has taken the guesswork away. Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours (Artisan) is the latest by the local – remember Cocolat, Berkeleyans? – James Beard award-winning author, who is known not only as the First Lady of Chocolate, but was the first person to introduce Americans to chocolate truffles in the early seventies.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holy Moly: A Night of Many Moles

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 7:38 AM

El Pipila's Green Mole - OMAR MAMOON
  • Omar Mamoon
  • El Pipila's Green Mole


La Cocina
is hosting a very delicious fundraiser this Friday in which the kitchen incubator’s program participants will throw down and dish out their best versions of mole alongside high-profile local chefs. Mole, which is a complex and delicious sauce in Mexican cuisine that varies by region, typically contains a large number of ingredients that are heavy on chilies and is often accented with dark Mexican chocolate.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

More Chances to Eat Your Fill of Steamed Dungeness Crab

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Dungeness crab season has been here for a couple weeks and if you haven't eaten some sweet crustacean by now, you're losing the right to call yourself a San Franciscan. Stores where you can buy  fresh crabs abound, but if you don't want to cook them yourself, there are a few crab feeds in the coming weeks that might interest you.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fernet-Branca's Barback Games Returns This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

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Forget the Hunger Games, this weekend's most significant sequel is the annual Barback Games, hosted by Fernet-Branca at the Regency Ballroom.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sip Wines Until You Find What You Love at Vintners Market

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF CORNELIUS GEARY
  • Photo courtesy of Cornelius Geary

If you can’t get to Napa this weekend, the San Francisco Vintners Market might make a good alternative. Created by Cornelius Geary and Jeffrey Playter, founders of the technology and wine networking organization Wine 2.0, the event strives to shorten the distance between wineries and wine-loving San Franciscans.

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