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Monday, September 15, 2014

Girls Inc of Alameda County Fundraiser Dinner

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Chef Dominica Rice-Cisneros's lamb birria. - SAMANTHA GREENLEE
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  • Chef Dominica Rice-Cisneros's lamb birria.

Girls Inc. is a nonprofit that helps girls in underserved, high-risk communities  by providing developmental programs in various areas such as leadership, health and fitness, academic achievement, positive risk-taking, and more. Last Saturday, the nonprofit’s Alameda County chapter hosted a fundraiser event called Taste.

More than 400 people attended a four-course dinner prepared by an all-star lineup of inspiring East Bay female chefs that included Kim Alter from the Daniel Patterson Group, Dominca Rice-Cisneros from Cosecha, Preeti Mistry from Juhu Beach Club, Sophina Uong from Picán, and ten others. 

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Best Food Writing 2014 Lineup Announced, Several Bay Area Writers Included

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Last week the SF-Marin Food Bank held its annual Hunger Challenge, an event in which the organization encourages local residents to live on $4.50 a day, or about the amount of money provided by SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).

I participated last year and was stuck by how difficult the challenge was — so much that I wrote an essay about the experience for SF Weekly that I'm happy to announce will appear in Best Food Writing 2014, edited by Holly Hughes.

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La Taqueria's Line is Longest in S.F. Thanks to Recent Burrito Win

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Thanks to Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog's recent proclamation that La Taqueria has the best burrito in America, it has now become impossible to get a burrito at La Taqueria without waiting in a line that puts Tartine's to shame:

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Week in Vegan: Rob Zombie, Prague, and Pretty Cupcakes

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Emily Deschanel (the best Deschanel, in my opinion) is hosting a vegan birthday party for her son, who she says is "99 percent vegan." Her son doesn't yet have a pet of his own (guinea pigs are the best!), but Deschanel has been taking him to Farm Sanctuary to hang out with the animals. They're going to eat tacos at his party. The Deschanels, not the animals. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Watch the Trailer for The Grain Divide, a New Wheat Documentary Coming in October

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

There's a new documentary about the rebirth of the wheat economy coming in October. The Grain Divide features locals like Michael Pollan, Tartine's Chad Robertson, Community Grains' Bob Klein, Whole Grain Connection's Monica Spiller, Craig Ponsford of Ponsford's Place, and more food figures from around the country discussing whole grains, bread, and how we got so far from the basic farmer/miller/baker paradigm.

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Hot Tomato! 150 Varieties at Kendall-Jackson

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM


If the sight of fresh goji berries at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market causes you to pant just a little because you hope and wish they are a petite and new (to you) variety of tomato, have faith. An upcoming heirloom tomato festival at Kendall-Jackson in Sonoma wine country on Saturday, Sept. 27 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) has 150 varieties of tomato to taste, see and touch – wine pairing(s) optional.

Every year it is amazing to see how the festival serves up tomatoes in so many shapes, sizes, textures, and, of course, flavors. 150 is definitely a high number of tomato beauties, and there's an educational component that gives guests a chance to learn more about the fruit from tomato expert Tucker Taylor, the culinary gardener for Kendall-Jackson.

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Paniolo Social Brings the Crowds to Bloodhound

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Tuna poke at Paniolo Social. - FACEBOOK/LILHOLIHO YACHT CLUB

Word's gotten out about Paniolo Social. Bloodhound was packed with wall-to-wall people last night thanks to Ravi Kapur's new Thursday pop-up. The chef has been serving his signature Hawaiian fusiony food at the SOMA bar as he readies his brick-and-mortar, Liholiho Yacht Club, which he's opening with Nopa's Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak this fall. At Paniolo Social he's keeping things simple — five menu items, a few drink specials at the bar. Judging by the hordes there last night, he doesn't need to complicate them.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Go Back to School With a Yale Professor's Lecture on the History of Celebrity Chefs

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Do you like interesting things? Then you will probably like this 20ish-minute lecture from Yale history professor Paul Freedman all about the history of celebrity chefs from the ancient Greeks to royal chefs to Alice Waters. Eater dug up this talk the professor gave at the MAD 4 symposium in Copenhagen.

It's a fascinating look at the growth of an icon we take for granted in today's food world, with none of the self-aggrandizement of a TED talk. There's also some riffing on the meaning of the chef in the modern world. Worth watching!

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Trend Watch: Will Clay Become the New Green Juice?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Bentonite supplements on the shelf at Rainbow Grocery. - PETE KANE
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  • Bentonite supplements on the shelf at Rainbow Grocery.
Perhaps by now you’ve heard that eating clay is a hot new trend among celebrities. Bentonite clay, after all, is about as neutral of a substance as you can get, and it’s touted for its detoxifying properties. Until now, those applications were mostly external (e.g., facial masks), but clay reportedly also freshens your breath and helps you lose weight, as Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz told Seth Meyers and Us Weekly, respectively.

Skeptics will probably conclude that this is just the latest açai berry, another mildly beneficial fad that will be hyped up by an industry preying on people’s anxieties only to be discarded in 18 months for the next mildly beneficial remedy.

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Ten Ichi’s Donburi is Comfort in a Bowl

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM


If you’ve lived in San Francisco for many years, chances are you’ve walked by Ten Ichi on Fillmore and Clay. The sign, with its cresting blue waves beneath the restaurant name, is hard to miss. It’s a place you might drop into for dinner before or after a film at the Clay, and while it doesn’t have the dazzle of SPQR or the retro charm of Palmers Tavern, it has served its reliably good Japanese fare for over thirty-five years.

Sushi can be had – there is a curved sushi bar in the back of the space – but where Ten Ichi shines is with its home-style dishes: sukiyaki, yosenabe, udon, and donburi. This is food that comforts, fills your stomach, and doesn’t put a huge strain on your wallet.

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