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Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Six: Soylent 2.0 Is Moldy, Seven-Chef Dinner at AQ

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Also Grand Fare Market suddenly slams its door shut, how to make gluten-free gravy and vegducken, and all about the woman who made Thanksgiving the best of all federal holidays.

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Soylent 2.0 Is Made Out of Mold, It's Mold!
You know Soylent? That totally gross non-food meant to make people feel like they're achieving wellness by forgoing actual food in the service of economic productivity? Apparently, the latest version is full of mold, and there's a Reddit thread all about it. It's worth reading for the grim description, but what strikes me as even more unsettling is the bland, automaton language people use to talk about it, as if it were a software glitch and not food that goes into human bodies.

Redditor ChefGuru notes, "Yes, problems with the new product rollout. But, you know what hasn't been reporting any problems? Soylent 1.5. If you really want to try Soylent, instead of upgrading to the newest thing that's still working out the kinks, you could always try the regular one that works perfectly fine, and doesn't have any mold growth."

Soylent might have been made out of people, but the people who eat Soylent don't talk like people. 

Celebrate Movember with AQ's Seven-Chef Collaboration Dinner
To raise awareness for all the various cancers that afflict men, AQ is throwing a gigantic, seven-chef dinner next Monday, Nov. 30. AQ's own Mark Liberman wlll host with assists from Matt Sieger (Bon Marché), Evan Allumbaugh (flour + water), Sean O'Toole (Torc), Omri Aflalo (Wayfare Tavern), Todd Shoeberg (Molina) and Ron Mendoza (Aubergine). The menu, which will include pairings with various American bourbons and wines from Burgundy, includes heirloom winter squash soup, Maine lobster, and Beef Wellington.
AQ Seven-Chef Collaboration Dinner to benefit the Movember Foundation, $260, Monday, Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m., at AQ, 1085 Mission, 415-341-9000 or

Grand Fare Market Closes After Two Months
Inside Scoop caught the closure of Grand Fare Market, an elaborate food hall in Oakland's Lower Hills that SF Weekly's correspondent Jeffrey Edalatpour enjoyed very much. Reading between the lines of management's goodbye-for-now(?) note, it doesn't look good, with lots of accidental-sounding uses of the past tense. They joint would appear to have been hemorrhaging money, too: When I hear "spared no expense," I think of Jurassic Park velociraptors shredding the place apart, which isn't what we expect from our oyster bars.

Who Is Sarah Josepha Hale?
While it seems as though Thanksgiving has been continuously celebrated since 1621, it lay dormant for two centuries. With the caveat that this is four-year-old evergreen content the Paris Review tweeted out this morning, here is some background on Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who successfully campaigned to make Thanksgiving a federal holiday. It involves Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Gluten-Free Gravy for Your Vegducken?
Do you have Thanksgiving guests with dietary restrictions? Bon Appetit has the skinny on gluten-free gravy, while Epicurious tells you how to cook that perfect vegducken.

Jumbo Shrimp Is Not an Oxymoron
Red Lobster, the favorite seafood chain of people who live 1,200 miles from an ocean, has heard your criticism about its shrimpy shrimp. According to Buzzfeed, they're moving to bigger shrimp. And to my eye, they're shaped more like capital J's than Nike swooshes, too.

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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