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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds California Ban on Foie Gras

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Well, foie gras is still illegal in California. The ban on fatty goose liver has been resented by many chefs, farmers, and diners since it was established in 2012, and though it has been appealed (and struck down) by several lower courts, on Tuesday it got the ruling from the highest court in the land that it is here to stay.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Couple Behind Controversial Thug Kitchen Cancels Bay Area Readings Due to Protest Threats

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

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If you're plugged into food culture at all on social media, you've likely heard about the controversy surrounding Thug Kitchen. The authors of the new, expletive-ridden vegan cookbook, who also write a blog of the same name, came out from behind their anonymity last month to reveal themselves as a white couple from Hollywood.

The resulting uproar around their racial identity — and whether calling their book "thug kitchen" is racist or cultural appropriation — has led to protests all over the country.

Including planned protests here for events that were scheduled on Wednesday in Diesel Books in Oakland and Friday at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley. Events that the couple has since canceled.

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Mission Chinese Food Boldly Puts MSG Shakers on Its Tables

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM



MSG, the once-reviled food additive, has seen a reversal in its fortunes.

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Drakes Bay Oyster Company Agrees to Close, Will Open a Restaurant Nearby

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 7:17 AM

The beleaguered Drakes Bay Oyster Company has finally settled its protracted legal battle with the United States government over its right to stay on Drakes Estero. After trying every possible legal action to remain open, the company has finally agreed to cease all operations at the end of this year so the estuary can become a protected marine wilderness under the auspices of the National Park Service. The company closed its retail store at the end of July after the United States Supreme Court declined to hear its case.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Yelp Now Has Court Permission to Change Business Ratings for Money. Don't Forget It.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 8:02 AM

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The internet's all in a tizzy the past few days thanks to a Wednesday ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which said that review site Yelp could manipulate its ratings for money.

So, say a small diner makes a big ad buy on the site, those extra dollars could maybe boost the diner's rating, thus potentially gaining it more customers. (This could be one way to explain the enduring popularity of the solidly mediocre Codmother Fish and Chips on Yelp's Top 100 list for San Francisco, but of course it's probably just that legions of Fisherman's Wharf tourists love the place.)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Slaughterhouse That Was Slinging Cancer-Ridden Cattle Indicted

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM


After being suspended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for distributing contaminated beef in January and finally shut down and sold to Marin Sun Farms in February, owners and employees of Rancho Feeding Corporation are being charged for knowingly purchasing cancerous cattle among other shady business, making for 11 felony counts.

The former Petaluma slaughterhouse was co-owned by Jesse Amaral Jr. and Robert Singleton. Two of their employees at the time, Eugene Corda and Felix Cabrera, are also involved in the case. Amaral Jr., Corda, and Cabrera are all charged with "conspiring to distribute adulterated, misbranded, and uninspected meat" and mail fraud for using the U.S. Postal Service to handle their tainted meat, according to Eater. Singleton is being charged with a "single count of distributing adulterated, misbranded, and uninspected meat," KQED reports.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

There's a Benefit for Former Drakes Bay Oyster Company Employees This Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Drakes Bay Oyster Company workers are being displaced as the oyster farm closes for business. - JOSH EDELSON
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  • Drakes Bay Oyster Company workers are being displaced as the oyster farm closes for business.

Following a lengthy legal battle, Drakes Bay Oyster Company closed its doors on July 31 — and some members of the Marin community are worried about the welfare of the company's three dozen-odd former employees. Inside Scoop reports that a fundraiser will be held at Sausalito's Fish restaurant, organized by owner Bill Foss and Drakes manager Loretta Murphy with help from Stag Dining, Fine & Rare, and the Carneros Wine Alliance. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bottled Water Companies Could Be Contributing to California's Drought

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

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  • How many bottles of water will it take to drain the state?

Despite our state's dire need to conserve what little water is left, the rest of the country is quenching their thirst with loads of bottled water from California.

Don't start pointing fingers quite yet; there is no law that requires companies to spill the beans about their sourcing locations or how much water they're actually using, proving that ignorance is not always bliss.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

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

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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 in 22 states. In it, he breaks down all the legislation currently in play that would require labeling or all or some food sold in the state. Bottom line: A lot has happened since Prop. 37 was defeated in California last fall.

See also: Monsanto Protection Act: What All The Fuss Is About

Washington State Could Be First in Country to Pass GMO Labeling

Despite Prop. 37's Defeat, the Fight for GMO Labeling Soldiers On

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Protesting Lanesplitter Pizza Employee Demands Run From Practical To Unusual

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM

We told you last week that Lanesplitter employees had walked out in protest of working conditions at the Temescal pizzeria. Well, now the labor dispute is getting slightly bizarre.

The protesting workers sent a list of demands to Lanesplitter management that range from the practical to the unusual (see the full list below). Management refused to respond to questions about the demands, stating simply that they were "responding to workers internally" and that they are "open to dialogue with their employees."

See also: Lanesplitter Pizza Employees Protest Working Conditions With Walkout

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