Jesse Hirsch

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    September 16, 2013

    Adorable Goats, Space Veggies, Eating Roadkill and More From Modern Farmer's New Issue

    Modern Farmer launched earlier this year, a new quarterly from Hudson, New York covering food with an agrarian bent (and, full disclosure, staffed with several former SF Weekly editors and contributors). Its second issue hit newsstands last week, and it's full of strange and interesting dispatches f ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    What's Up With GMO Labeling On The State Level: A Primer

    We're all sad that San Francisco has lost Jesse Hirsch, former Examiner restaurant critic and SF Weekly writer, to upstate New York and his new gig as a Modern Farmer staff writer, but we are excited to see what he digs up out East. Such as his most recent article, a primer on GMO labeling efforts ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    New Taste Market Returns This Weekend, Complete With a Beer Garden

    This Saturday, March 16, brings the spring edition of New Taste Market, a gathering of artisan food vendors and food-minded folk in St. Gregory's Church on Potrero Hill, with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank. And this time around there's a beer and wine garden along with 35 vendors selling everythi ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    A Talk About the Bay Area's Food Scene

    {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Testers}​What: The Bay Citizen & The Booksmith Culture Talks: The Bay Area's Food Scene Where: Madrone Studios, 1317 15th St. (at Folsom). When: Tonight! Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Cost: $15 door, $10 before, and free for Bay Citizen members The rundown: The foodie realm ex ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Local Food Banks and Shelters Lose $600,000 in Funding

    a tree is love/FlickrSan Francisco Food Bank volunteers sorting oranges.​According to an article by Jesse Hirsch in the Bay Citizen this morning, federal budget slashing has suddenly cut $592,000 in funds allocated to San Francisco food banks and shelters. Last year, the Emergency Food and Shelter ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Are You FarmCurious? Don't Be Shy, There's a Pop-Up Event

    FARMcurious Pop-Up at Pot and Pantry Where:Pot and Pantry, 3412 22nd St. (at Guerrero), 206-1134 When: Sun., July 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: free ​The rundown:This Sunday, get ready for too many Ps: it's a Pop-Up Party at Pot and Pantry. There's a sprawling agenda, but we think you can handl ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    We Test the Seafood CSA and Learn to Beard

    Photos by Jesse HirschMussels before bearding, storage, and cooking​When it comes to innovation, sometimes it's better to let the kinks get worked out before hopping on board. Let someone else test the food for poison, right? But when we heard about Siren SeaSA, the new fish-share concept mode ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Let Them Eat Snails: Unusual Bastille Day Events

    Guns, revolution, upheaval, Reign of Terror -- now it's time for dinner specials!​Add Bastille Day to Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby Day in the category of "things we don't remember celebrating 10 years ago." That said, this Frenchified Independence Day typically boasts a solid dining rost ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Barbecue Kings Go Head to Head at Coffee Bar

    FacebookBarbecue from Gator's Back Porch.​The SF BBQ Rib Throwdown Where: Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant (at Mariposa), 551-8100 When: Sunday, July 3, 4-7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 The rundown: It's the 4th of July weekend, when many a young one's fancy turns to thoughts of meat and beer. This Sunday you ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    A Spot of Tea at the First Kettle Whistle

    Jesse HirschPeach oolong iced tea and a first course, including bánh mì financiers.​Tell Tale Preserve Company and Naivetea launched their monthly tea event this weekend at the Burritt Room, and if you haven't attended many tea services, it may take a bit for the East-meets-West conceit to s ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Tomorrow: Pizza, Moshing, and Brewery Tour

    Tamara PalmerInside PizzaHacker's 1000-degree "Franken-Weber" oven.​Speakeasy Brewery Punk Rock Pizza Party Where: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, 1195 Evans (at Keith), 642-3371 When: Fri., June 24, 4-10 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: If Jello Biafra played your 13th birthday party, and you were ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Sunday Chili in the Park with Chefs

    Flickr/handsongourmet​Sutton Cellars Chili Cook-Off Where: Golden Gate Park (exact location revealed after RSVP) When: Sun., June 26, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $30 The rundown: Carl Sutton's got the right kind of friends. Every year the vermouth impresario stages a chili cook-off in Golden Gate Park, ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Mission Cheese Is Promising, Fragrant, and Awkward

    Lara HataChalk mural at Mission Cheese.​This week, guest critic Jesse Hirsch reviews Mission Cheese, the tiny Valencia-street store devoted to the artisanal and the whiffy: It ranges from stinky to mild, chèvre to raw cow, burrata to aged cheddar. [Sarah] Dvorak, a self-styled cheese advocate wi ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Tonight: Foodia is Olive Oil

    These women love olive oil.​Foodia is Olive Oil Where: Press Club Wine Bar and Lounge, 20 Yerba Buena (at Market), 744-5000 When: Tonight, 5-8 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: Foodia is not about to let you forget them. In case the recent Foodia is Chocolate tasting event has already faded fro ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Fifth Floor's Deal for the Masses: Burger, Bourbon, and Beer

    Jesse HirschFifth Floor's Mighty Burger.​Maybe you've always wanted to try Fifth Floor but thought the price tag was a little prohibitive. Perhaps you're curious about its dreamboat chef, but find menu elements like carrot foam and pastis emulsion a little effete (you're a 'Merican, goshdernit ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Meet the Bloggers: Jesse Hirsch

    You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Name: Jesse Hirsch Blogs about: Events and Happenings Richard Reyes​Having moved here from Queens, New York, last October, Jess ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Family Farms in Trouble, More Groupon Backlash, Dog for Dinner

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. Jonathan Kauffman is out this week, so Jesse Hirsch is filling in on Talking Points. Teamwork! 1. Small Farms Keep Struggling. There is so much farmer love here in the Bay that we ma ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Tonight: Sneak Preview of PBS Food Show

    ​Where: Goldman Theater, 2150 Allston (at Oxford), Berkeley When: Tonight, 6-10 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door The rundown: We imagine there is a Venn diagram that would show a wide crossover between foodies and public TV supporters. Tonight in Berkeley, there's an event geared ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Eating Lion Meat, Athletes Abandon Taco Bell, Waiters With Elephant Memories

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. Jonathan Kauffman is out this week, so Jesse Hirsch is filling in on Talking Points. Teamwork! 1. Lion Meat for Sale. The Daily's investigative piece on lion meat sales has been rock ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    America Meets the Avocado, The Conservative Palate, Our Pre-Teen World Leaders

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. Jonathan Kauffman is out this week, so Jesse Hirsch is filling in on Talking Points. Team work! 1. New Trend: Avocados. At the Castro Muni station, we recently noticed a slew of targ ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Eat Ice Cream, Help Kids, The End.

    Alex HochmanHello, St. Francis Fountain Sundae.​Supporting charity doesn't have to be a bitter pill, especially when you've got ice cream to make it go down sweet and smooth. On Wed., June 1, more than 10 ice cream parlors around the city will be donating portions of their proceeds to the Mayo ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Tonight: Free Double Feature, with Bi-Rite Snacks

    In Search of Good Food/The Greenhorns Double Feature Where: Recology HQ, 900 Seventh St (at Berry) When: Tonight, 6-10 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: Tonight, Recology is throwing open the doors to its headquarters (finally!) for a double feature movie night. Nope, it's not The Parent Trap and F ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    A Sermon on Fair Trade, Disguised as a Pop-Up Brunch

    Jesse HirschShake it: Ethan Terry.​The ever-present guys behind Stag Dining took a step backwards Saturday morning at the Wake Up the World brunch, letting the cause du jour take center stage. The meal, a benefit for Oakland-based Fair Trade USA, allowed guests a chance to hear about all the f ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Meet the Bloggers: Luis Chong

    Jesse HirschLuis Chong. ​You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Luis Chong Blogs about: cheap food, ramen, the esoteric In an Internet log-jammed with aspiring write ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Oysters and Champagne at the Aquarium

    chefscollaborative/flickrPreach it, Rowan Jacobsen.​Bubbly and Bivalves Where: The Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero (at Beach) When: Thurs., May 12, 7-9:30 p.m. Cost: $50 The rundown: Thursday night, it's your chance to protect oysters, by eating them. Once again the Watershed Project ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Tomorrow: How to Homestead

    redhillattentionspan/flickrThe Knuckle Knockers.​Tomorrow: How to Homestead Where: Mission Recreation, 745 Treat (at 20th St) When: Sat., May 7, 4-10 p.m. Cost: $5 (free with a potluck dish) The rundown: Hitch up the wagons and head to town. Tomorrow the Mission Recreation Center hosts a ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Meet the Bloggers: Jason Henry

    Jesse HirschJason Henry really, really loves beer.​You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Jason Henry Blogs about: beer Jason Henry swears he isn't beer-obsessed. Pat ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Sunday: Two-Buck Chuck in the Woods

    Hey, look, it's all your new friends.​Where: Arguello and Jackson When: 2 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: This Sunday, a local hiking enthusiast will hide bottles of Two-Buck Chuck in the Presidio woods, in an attempt to make hiking "more fun and spontaneous." SFoodie has mixed feelings. On o ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Tonight Is Dining Out for Life: Eat Dinner, Donate to Charity

    ​Before you confirm your dinner reservations for tonight, you might want to check this list. As part of the national Dining Out for Life initiative, nearly 100 San Francisco restaurants will give 25% of the night's kitty to HIV prevention and support. With a variety of food styles and a range ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Babka Lust, Library Tips, and the Fawaffle: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Sardines: Tasty, plentiful, and local.​Highlights from the blog this week: 1. In this week's Weekly cover story, "Go Fish," Peter Jamison argues that the answer to the question "How can I make sure my seafood is sustainably sourced?" is to eat local. He provides a list of local fish and shellfish ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Tequila and Tamales by the Bay: Too Good to Pound

    Maria Antonieta SolorzanoThe Whole Tortilla picked up the People's Choice Award.​Around 300 people breezed about the sunny atrium at San Francisco Design Center Sunday, munching tamales and sipping from baby shot glasses of tequila. It was the fifth year of Benchmark Institute's fundraiser Tequila ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Undercover Animal Activists are Endangered, Shakira and Other Wolves Are Screwed

    ​SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats. • Let's start this off with something delicious! ME! The very smart, funny, and delightful Jesse Hirsch interviewed me as part of a series profiling SFoodie bloggers. Read it, and learn all of my innermost secret ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Urban Farm Stands, Fava Leaves, and the Right Way to Sting

    I want to see this at the corner of 27th and Church.​1. In this week's top story, John Birdsall reports that San Francisco finally revised its urban gardening regulations, becoming the most progressive city in the nation in that regards. (Let's hope it shames inspires Oakland to rethink the Novell ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Tonight: Mission Community Market Unveils Familiar Foods, Mystery Mural

    Luis C./Yelp​Mission Community Market Where: Bartlett between 21st and 22nd Streets When: Tonight, April 14, 4-8 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: The Mission Community Market: It's not just for summer anymore. It debuted last year to much cross-cultural fanfare, and this time it's arriving ea ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Chocolate Overload

    cjaffepickett/FlickrThings can get all Les Mis-y.​San Francisco International Chocolate Salon Where: Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, Buchanan at Marina When: Sat., April 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door The rundown: At a recent fondue event, SFoodie spied a brazen ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Meet the Bloggers: Alex Hochman

    Jesse HirschAlex Hochman.​You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Alex Hochman Blogs About: Restaurants, kids' food, Jewish stuff, Danny Bowien San Francisco native A ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Frankenart Mart's Free Hot Dogs Mark 5 Years of, Well, Free Hot Dogs

    Steve Rhodes/Flickr​Anniversary Hot Dog Day Where: Frankenart Mart, 515 Balboa (at Sixth Ave.), 221-2394 When: Sun., April 3, 1-6 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: It's difficult to put your finger on what's going on over at Frankenart Mart in the Inner Richmond. For five years now, this almost ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Weird and Random Glimpses of Food on Film

    Watch What You Eat, Pray, Love Where: Oddball Film and Video, 275 Capp (at 18th St.), 558-8112 When: Sat., Mar. 26, 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 The rundown: After dinner tomorrow night, Oddball Film and Video invites you to a visual feast. Mining deep in the archives, conscience-driven filmmaker Soum ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Drinking. And Eating Cupcakes

    tempo/Flickr​Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Crafts Where: Space Gallery, 1141 Polk (at Hemlock), 377-3325 When: Sat., Mar. 26 ― class from 7:30-9 p.m.; market from 9 p.m.-midnight Cost: Class, $13/$20 with drink tickets; market, free The rundown: It's like a Cathy comic strip dream Saturday ni ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Sweet Deals on Some of Our Favorite Sweets

    John BirdsallSandwich cookies from Sweet Constructions are half-off this week via Yelp.​Let's hope you didn't give up sugar for Lent. This week Yelp has partnered up with sweets pushers all over the city to brighten your smile (while destroying your teeth). Participating shops, many of them S ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Digging the Dirt Dinner at eVe

    Jesse HirschBags of soil from Kenney Cottage Garden were passed among the diners.​Californians love their dirt. Like poets of yore writing ballads to the sea, near-mythological reverence is given to the earthy roots of our local produce. At last night's Dirt Dinner event, local gardeners gave ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Kombucha Cuisine

    House KombuchaScallop crudo.​Kombucha Dinner Where: House Kombucha, 498 Natoma (at Sixth St.) When: Sat., Mar. 19, 7-10 p.m. Cost: $48 The rundown: At the intersection of live cultures and cultural experience, the earnest apostles at House Kombucha are teaming up with the arty foodsters of ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    A Spicy Taste of Austin in a Mellow SOMA Parking Lot

    Jesse HirschLe Truc's Tex-Mex breakfast taco with egg, potatoes, bacon, and Tapatio aioli, $3.​Yesterday morning SFoodie veered off our usual bike route to stumble upon a sleepy, laid-back version of SOMA's lunchtime darling, the food bus Le Truc. After prior lunches here amongst marauding tec ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Feeling Lucky? Try For a Seat at Tartine Afterhours

    t-dawg/Flickr​After Hours at Tartine Bakery Where: Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero (at 18th St.) 487-2600 When: Tues., Mar. 22, 8 p.m. Cost: $35 The rundown: Think back to high school. If you're anything like SFoodie, the hippest people with the swankest soirees were always a bit out of reac ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Café Marks Lundi Gras

    Jesse HirschMJ's Brass Boppers, tearing it up at Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Café to mark Lundi Gras.​A little rain didn't stop moneymakers from being shaken at Monday night's Lundi Gras celebration at Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Café. With as many band members as there were tables, the festively ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    New Taste, Old Favorite

    Sonya Yu via newtastemarket/FlickrThe men of Mission Gastroclub.​New Taste Marketplace Where: St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa) When: Sat., Mar. 12, noon-5 p.m. Cost: Donations welcomed for the Food Pantry; prices vary for food items The rundown: It's only be ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Tonight: Eat Your Words

    SOMArts/Flickr​Feast of Words Where: SOMArts, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414 When: Tonight., Mar. 1, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10; $5 with a potluck dish The rundown: Every meal has a story. A kazillion food bloggers stand ready to tell you about their gramma's spiritual potato salad or their ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Tonight: Deciphering Chocolate

    nic221/Flickr​Friday Night at the de Young: Chocolate of the Americas Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (in Golden Gate Park), 750-3600 When: Fri., Feb. 25, 6-8:45 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: We heard you're fronting like a chocolate pro, all "nib" this" and "single-so ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Busted! The Rise (and Fall?) of Fat Cookies

    Jesse HirschClem lowers cookies to a customer below.​Fat Cookies has become one of the most buzzed-about baking operations in San Francisco, if not the world. Every hour brings dozens of new Twitter followers and Facebook fans, writing things like "Just flew in from the UK will certainly visit ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Straw Can Make You Feel Grifted

    Mona C./YelpFor all the buzz, the carny-themed restaurant in Hayes Valley looks pretty much like every other budget bistro in town.​Like a carnival barker's patter, Straw has been hard to resist. Long before it opened late last month, the blogosphere was atwitter with anticipation about this h ... More >>

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