A Chico egg farm has gone out of business, leaving a few thousand hens homeless and almost certainly headed for death. But Animal Place, a farmed animal sanctuary that claims to have saved more than 12,000 chickens since its 2010 inception, has teamed up with the Sonoma Humane Society to find these ... More >>
Seven months after saving a large flock of factory farm hens from sure death the East Bay group Animal Place has hatched plans for another mass rescue. This time, some 1,800 year-old, menopausal, sassy red hens seek asylum from a Chico egg farm that's going out of business, according to an Animal ... More >>
Asking for the check is so 20th century. OpenTable's latest iOs app update lets diners settle their check on their iPhones. That's right: If you've made your restaurant reservation through the app, you no longer have to wait to flag down your server at the end of your meal, give them a credit card, ... More >>
[You could argue that 1993 was the most formative period for West Coast rap music, especially when it came to the Bay Area. Definitive lists and superlatives aside, we're just gonna take you on a trip. Every week, From '93 Til will dig up something that came out of the Bay Area roughly around the sa ... More >>
An animal sanctuary in Vacaville narrowly saved 1,200 former egg-laying hens from a massive hen Holocaust by airlifting them from the Vacaville factory farm where they faced gassing. Evidently a private donor is footing the bill for a private plane, so these poultry can fly in style.The lucky hens ... More >>
A man who was facing a potential 17 years in prison for robbing a University of San Francisco student at gunpoint back in 2010 was found not guilty of all charges.Joshua Johnson, 20, was acquitted of all three counts against him, including one count of robbery with a firearm, and two counts of assau ... More >>
A CSA meat package from Marin Sun FarmsMany people tend to think of CSAs only for fruits and vegetables, but in the Bay Area we're also blessed with a variety of meatier options. We've done the work of finding the farmers; now all you have to do is place your order and start up the grill. In ... More >>
Maurice Van Buren, 47, is charged with being a bad bell-ringerA Bay Area man has taken the express route to bad karma following a Friday bust for allegedly impersonating a Salvation Army bell-ringer and pocketing the money. Maurice Van Buren, 47, is still in custody at Solano County Jail facing a ... More >>
You'll move to Vacaville, that's what you'll do...This morning, the Chronicle broke a good one: The State Compensation Insurance Fund is moving 755 jobs out of San Francisco because it's too damn expensive here. Also, per the Chron, our city's workforce is "too dumb." That kind of sentiment is ce ... More >>
On October 30, an impressive roster of artisan butchers and chefs is convening at Vacaville's Soul Food Farm for a butchery demo and dinner. Inspired by farm founder Alexis Koefoed, the event will be a fundraiser for the newly created U.S. Butchers Guild and a handful of small, local farms. The ... More >>
Ain't nobody here but us chickens...The early bird gets the worm -- and the early adopter gets the chicken. All 80 of the clucking, egg-laying, injured hens that arrived Wednesday at the Marin Humane Society have been adopted. After knocking down the price-per-hen to five bucks -- chickenfeed, ye ... More >>
This morning, 70 rescued hens arrived at the Marin County Humane Society in Novato. They came from an animal sanctuary in Vacaville, where an egg farmer had dropped them off with plastic bands cutting into their legs. The farmer had placed the bands on the chickens when they were young, not think ... More >>
This morning, 70 rescued hens arrived at the Marin County Humane Society in Novato. They came from an animal sanctuary in Vacaville, where a Northern California egg farmer had dropped them off with plastic bands cutting into their legs.The farmer placed the bands on the chickens when they were yo ... More >>
Local television isn't as booming as it was years ago. One of the greatest casualties, Dr. Jang excepted, is the proliferation of awesome and awesomely strange commercials for Bay Area businesses. We thought we'd take a moment to honor a few past and present food commercials we love: 5. East Oa ... More >>
Married with Dinner/FlickrSoul Food Farm's Alexis Koefoed (left) with Samin Nosrat.Handmade pasta can be amazing. Or frightful, depending on whose hands are doing the making. Pristine ingredients can make it extra-amazing in the right hands. That's the lesson promised for Soul Food Farm's se ... More >>
lancasterfarming.comCarole Morison."One more question, Mr. Pollan? Yes, thanks ― I'll make it a quick one. Shouldn't take long, I promise. So ― learning about sustainable chicken farms, pastured meat CSAs, and the horrors of industrial poultry production has been fascinating and all, but ... More >>
Horrified by a typical taxi trip from SFO? Thank a government program that pays cabbies to speed.
T. PalmerSaturday's East Bay Vegan Bakesale should be a good time to try those apparently controversial Cinnaholic cinnamon rolls we mentioned yesterday, as well as treats from organizer Fat Bottom Bakery and more. Proceeds will be donated to Vacaville's Animal Place Sanctuary and also to the ... More >>
CraigslistStraight outta Vacaville.From the cow dung-littered fields of Vacaville comes a new sort of pie altogether ― with roots in Texas, nearly 1,600 miles from Solano County. As of this morning, an enterprising Craigslist vendor is hawking Texas-style sweet potato pies, which typically ... More >>
sarahsuannecox/FlickrSign from a Cane Rosso benefit in October.A brief profile in yesterday's New York Times Magazine shone a warm national light on Soul Food Farms. Tenders of chickens expect a wolf or two to show up at some point along the way, but arson is another matter entirely. When nea ... More >>
The EthicureanOur favorite morsel from the blogs. History lesson: The Ethicurean's Bonnie Azab Powell tells the story of the fire at Vacaville's Soul Food Farm. Really, it's ultimately about the stirrings of a phoenix-like recovery for the family-run pastured chicken-and-egg operation, which ... More >>
Clucker plucker: The MD Master D plucking machine has what it calls "Velvet Touch" fingers.Vacaville pastured chicken farmer Soul Food Farm hasn't known what to do with birds damaged in processing. That means chickens who emerged from plucking machines - tumbling, dryer-like gizmos lined wit ... More >>
Irish Typepad/FlickrLooking for something like this? You might get more than you bargained for at Nature's Bounty.SFoodie's weekly look at some urban essentials offered up on Craiglist. • Nature's Bounty, a family-owned, state-inspected farm facility in Vacaville -- aka Cow Town -- wants y ... More >>
Arthur PerleyMonday's benefit at Cafe Rouge has been nixed.The day after a Bi-Rite raffle raised over $8,000 (plus a $2,000 company match) for Soul Food Farm, poultry farmer Alexis Koefoed sounded almost surprised by the level of support the figure represented. "I didn't realize that Slow Foo ... More >>
Michael Halberstadt/FlickrThe Mission District market is seeking to raise $10,000 for the farm.The fire that destroyed a barn and several acres of pasture at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville last Thursday has succeeded in kindling a measure of community support. Today, Bi-Rite Market co-owner Sam ... More >>
Soul Food FarmSoul Food Farm's chickens get to walk around and eat stuff.Starting in October, you might be able to score monthly pickups of the same chickens and eggs that the restaurants Coi, Quince, and Chez Panisse serve up. Alexis Koefoed of Soul Food Farm in Vacaville told SFoodie she' ... More >>
But see how much money they saved? When the suffix of your e-mail address is "@NameOfaNewspaper.com" you get a lot of amazing solicitations by truly desperate PR mavens. We've lost count of how many deluded souls thought you, the readers, would be clamoring for stories about contact paper one can ap ... More >>
This 100% rye bread is lighter and less sour than most of this style, and has a wonderful nuttiness.
A Vienna Beef frank, kryptonite-green pickle relish, mustard, onions, tomatoes, pickled sport peppers, and celery salt overflowing a poppyseed bun.
It's that time of the year to pit the best Bay Area high school bands against each other in an ultra-mega Battle of the Bands. 20 bands will take stage at the Sleep Train Pavilion for the May 9 and 10 semi-finals, and only ten will advance to the May 17 finals. Click 'More' for a list of all bands c ... More >>
A Vacaville "team mother" was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old basketball player, a Millbrae teacher stands accused of putting video cameras in the Mills High School girls bathroom, a San Francisco MTA employee has been charged with having sex with two girls he met online, and two Oakland ... More >>
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