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Dining, SFoodie Swap Meet for Pickles, Preserves, and Other Homemade Goodies

Swap Meet for Pickles, Preserves, and Other Homemade Goodies

Punk Domestics & BCF Food Preservation Swap Where: Blue Chair Fruit Kitchen, 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. (at 47th St.), Oakland; 510-654-BLUE When: Fri., July 15, 6-8 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: On Friday, our very own Sean Timberlake (if…
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Dining, SFoodie Sandor Katz, Gettin' Tangy at Omnivore Books

Sandor Katz, Gettin' Tangy at Omnivore Books

Sandor Katz and Wild Fermentation Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church), 282-4712 When: Fri., May 13, 6-7 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: If you're a fermentation fetishist like Sandor Ellix Katz, no doubt you long ago…
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Dining, SFoodie Tomorrow: How to Homestead

Tomorrow: How to Homestead

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…
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Dining, SFoodie Make Your Own Rhubarb Booze with Sean Timberlake

Make Your Own Rhubarb Booze with Sean Timberlake

Class: Rhubarbooze! Where: 18 Reasons, 593 Guerrero (at 18th St.) When: Wed., April 27, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50 The rundown: SFoodie contributor Sean Timberlake is giving rhubarb lessons next Wednesday, and here's our unbiased take: It'll be the best class…
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Dining, SFoodie When Life Gives You Lemons ...

When Life Gives You Lemons ...

Make lemonade? Screw that. I can think of about ten million better things to do with lemons. So come on, life, give me more lemons. Lemons are burstingly abundant right now. If you're lucky enough to have a tree in…
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Dining, SFoodie Charcutepaloozers: Brine It On

Charcutepaloozers: Brine It On

Who knew there was so much pent-up demand to cure meat at home? After Cathy Barrow and Kim Foster first launched the Charcutepalooza challenge, the number of bloggers ballooned into the dozens, and then the hundreds. By the time they…
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Dining, SFoodie Why Was 'Urban Homesteading' Issued a Trademark in the First Place?

Why Was 'Urban Homesteading' Issued a Trademark in the First Place?

SFoodie's Sean Timberlake weighs in today at Punk Domestics on the fight over usage of "urban homesteading" and its variations. Timberlake explains: In October of last year, the Dervaes family, of Homestead in the City in Pasadena, ... acquired registered…
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Dining, SFoodie Pickle Mavens at Macy's

Pickle Mavens at Macy's

Free Pickling Class Where: Macy's Union Square, 170 O'Farrell (at Stockton), 397-3333 When: Sat., Feb. 5, 2 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: Salt your pork, pickle your peppers. It's not just meat that needs preservation in the long winter months,…
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Dining, SFoodie Learn How to Just Stay Home

Learn How to Just Stay Home

Menu Planning for the Time-Strapped Where: 18 Reasons, 593 Guerrero (at 18th St.) When: Tue., Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $35 The rundown: Have you started to notice the occasional Hot Pocket creeping into your lunchtime regimen? Are brownies from…
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Dining, SFoodie Get Your Farm On: Urban Ag Classes at BioFuel Oasis

Get Your Farm On: Urban Ag Classes at BioFuel Oasis

BioFuel Oasis may sound like opaque corporate doublespeak (see: Deepwater Horizon), but it's actually one of the happiest little co-ops in the Bay Area. Founded in 2003, this five-person Berkeley operation specializes in making ever-useful biodiesel fuel from recycled vegetable…
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Dining, SFoodie Charcutepalooza: Bloggers' Meat-Cure Challenge Ups the Stakes

Charcutepalooza: Bloggers' Meat-Cure Challenge Ups the Stakes

What happens when you combine meat, salt, and time? Evidently, a cultural phenomenon. Late last year, bloggers Cathy Barrow of Mrs Wheelbarrow's Kitchen and Kim Foster of The Yummy Mummy got talking on the subject of cured meat. They wanted…
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Dining, SFoodie Farming on the Kitchen Counter

Farming on the Kitchen Counter

Microfarming for Winter Health Where: BioFuel Oasis, 1526 Fairview (at Sacramento), Berkeley, 510-665-5509 When: Sun., Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $30 The rundown: There's a small seasonal window in Northern California when there isn't much you can do with…
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Dining, SFoodie It's Winter ― Beet It

It's Winter ― Beet It

Beets. People either love 'em or hate 'em. Personally, I love them, and think that most people who claim to hate them have only had flabby, flavorless slabs from a tin can. Fresh beets are sweet and have a complex,…
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Dining, SFoodie Backyard Chickens for Beginners

Backyard Chickens for Beginners

Mission Hen Party When: Thu., Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. Where: Women's Building, Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th St. (at Valencia) Cost: $41; sliding-scale pricing available - e-mail registration@urbankitchensf.org for details The rundown: First installment of a two-part Urban Kitchen SF…
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Dining, SFoodie The Year in Food: DIY Revolution

The Year in Food: DIY Revolution

Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food. At the far end of the spectrum from street food and fine dining, another trend exploded in the Bay Area in 2010: DIY food and urban…
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Dining, SFoodie DIY for the Holidays: Fruit Butters

DIY for the Holidays: Fruit Butters

The final installment of SFoodie's guide to food-crafting gifts for the holidays. No, seriously! It's not too late to make food gifts. Our last installment of DIY gifts is all about one of the easiest and yet most satisfying: Fruit…
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Dining, SFoodie DIY for the Holidays: Marmalade

DIY for the Holidays: Marmalade

SFoodie's weekly guide to food-crafting gifts for the holidays. If there's one thing we do well in California, it's citrus. Practically every kind of lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit, clementine, and kumquat can be found here, and they're in full fruit…
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Dining, SFoodie DIY for the Holidays: Chutneys!

DIY for the Holidays: Chutneys!

SFoodie's weekly guide to food-crafting gifts for the holidays. Chances are, unless you have a cultural connection to the Indian subcontinent or U.K., chutney means that jar of Major Grey's you dipped into once when making an experimental Indian meal…
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Dining, SFoodie DIY for the Holidays: Homemade Liqueurs

DIY for the Holidays: Homemade Liqueurs

The first of SFoodie's weekly guides to food-crafting gifts you can make. Giving booze for the holidays always reminds me of my grandfather. It's not that he was a big drinker, quite the contrary, but like most people of…
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Dining, SFoodie Jam It! DIY Gift Swap at 18 Reasons

Jam It! DIY Gift Swap at 18 Reasons

Remember that janky cookie swap? You showed up with a double tin of painted spritz cookies it took you days to finish, and were left with somebody's greasy Toll House. Not fair. Thursday's Jam It! salon and gift exchange at…
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