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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CUESA's The Art of the Modern Drink: Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM

  • Photos by Amanda Lynn Photography and Katie Newburn Photography

In just a few weeks, CUESA, San Francisco’s own non-profit dedicated to educate us urbanites on sustainable agriculture, will be hosting another of their grand cocktail events in the Ferry Building.

The Art of the Modern Drink will kick off the new year’s boozy must-attend parties on Wednesday, Jan. 27, starting at 5:30 p.m., which is super convenient because it’s my mom’s birthday, so now I have something exciting to take her to.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

The JCM Examines How Technology is Reinventing Food

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

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Since the invention of the pulley, the wedge, and the inclined plane, virtually every human technology has been applied to. While this has saddled us with the industrialized octopus that is agribusiness, flavorless pink tomatoes and all, the move toward a world where nine billion people eat tasty, nutritious food will require more tech, not less. 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Eating Your Way Through the Victorian Era at the Dickens Fair

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Don't tell my family I used this photo of them - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • Don't tell my family I used this photo of them

Victorian London was a magical era, with orphans cementing their pickpocketing skills while Jack the Ripper eviscerated prostitutes. Despite this, San Francisco’s own annual Dickens Christmas Fair celebrates all the things that made it a great time to be alive.

For five weekends leading up to Christmas, the Cow Palace in Daly City hosts a veritable holiday festival that looks and feels like Victorian England. Corseted ladies dance the waltz with dapper fancy men in top hats while the Queen and her royal guard meander through the streets to say hello to all us commoners. You might spy guests dressed like a Doctor Who character or in full Raiders fan garb, but the carolers and pirates singing sea shanties quickly bring your attention back to Dickens-era London.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Foraged Beer Tasting Offers Chance to Drink in Nature

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Sutro Stewards guide Amy Kaeser explains which plants might make tasty beer ingredients on a hike in July. - PHOTO BY JESSICA FENDER
  • Photo by Jessica Fender
  • Sutro Stewards guide Amy Kaeser explains which plants might make tasty beer ingredients on a hike in July.

Mugwort, sage, madrone bark, and manzanita.

Spotlighted ingredients at the upcoming "Beers Made By Walking" Tapping sound like things you’d pick out of the treads of a hiking boot for good reason. During the summer, local breweries concocted seven beers using foraged ingredients inspired by treks along Bay Area trails.

The goal was to connect brewers to the natural landscape and encourage place-based brews. Beer lovers will get their chance to sample these experiments in drinking hyper-locally this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Bryant Street Sports Basement.

Just how experimental are we talking? Turns out there are a lot of interesting edibles out there, and the tasting notes read like the inventory list at an old-time apothecary.

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An "Evening of Beer and Soul" Dinner Coming to Miss Ollie's Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM

  • Alex Finberg

Two of Oakland's finest food and drink personalities are teaming of an "Evening of Beer and Soul" at Miss Ollie's next Tuesday, Nov. 17. Chef Sarah Kirnon is the owner and executive chef at Miss Ollie's, while certified cicerone Sayre Piotrkowski is one of the Bay Area's most notable authorities on beer. The dinner, is at the forefront of what Sayre's Beer and Soul blog celebrates. 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Dia de Los Muertos at Calavera: Grasshopper Tacos, Gold-Dusted Cocktails, and Selena Tributes

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM

  • A.K. Carroll
From the first dia they opened their doors, Calavera has been all about creating an eclectic, authentic (and dare I say eccentric) ethic experience, from housemate hominy and Mexican roasted grasshoppers to hand-rolled tortillas and more tequilas than you can count. So when it came to putting out a menu in honor of Mexico's most decorative celebration — Dia de los Muertos — the team that brought out salt-whipped margaritas didn't hold back on culinary creativity.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Eat, Drink, and Be Literary: Experience Litquake at Its Most Erudite and Exquisite

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn will participate in a discussion on cookbook collaboration. - STEPHANIE HUA
  • Stephanie Hua
  • Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn will participate in a discussion on cookbook collaboration.
Who says you can’t read about cake and eat it too?

As San Francisco gears up for its 16th annual Litquake — a weeklong festival of literary wonder that fosters an interest in literature for readers and writers of all ages and backgrounds — they’ve got a special day set aside for the truly epicurean reader. This Sunday, Oct. 11, enjoy Eat, Drink and be Literary, a decadent all-day offering of books and beverages, signings and small bites, featuring some of the Bay Area’s most notable chefs and food writers and editors.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Five: Foie Gras at DOSA, Asha Tea House Opens on Kearny, and More

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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Happy Monday! Here are five exciting foodie tidbits to get you going through the remaining four-and-a-half work days before you can get really drunk again without your co-workers knowing.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Computer-Curated Culinary Creations, with IBM's Chef Watson

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM

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Some say that one of the key differences between humans and computers is the ability to be creative — to devise something as unprecedented as a Jackson Pollock or influential as Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Sure, a PC can process at incredible speeds, but what role does it have in cultural or culinary creativity?

A rather large one, as it turns out.

This Thursday, October 1st, IBM’s Chef Watson (the same cognitive system that won Jeopardy! in 2011) will be showing off in the kitchen in front of an intimate gathering of IBM executives and partners. The event, which will take place at SF’s Cookhouse, is being organized by the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in partnership with IBM, who just announced last week that they're preparing to open a Watson office in SF.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

CUESA Brentwood Farm Tour: Pears, Olives & Bees

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM

click image Asian organic pears - FROG HOLLOW FARMS
  • Frog Hollow Farms
  • Asian organic pears

If you're trekking to Brentwood, a comfy air-conditioned bus is a fab idea — especially one that's stopping at two well-known farms and providing lunch made with farm produce. The Organic Two Ways Fruit Tour from CUESA ($55) on Friday, Sept. 11 takes folks to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. If you want to understand Bay Area food and its history, visiting farms that grow delectables from honey and peaches to figs, olives and pears should be right up your alley. Organizers say to keep your eyes peeled for possible sightings of “the elusive quince” as well. (I’d add that farm stand fiends will see a lot of exciting eye candy from their bus seat perch.)

Guests will tour the orchards at Frog Hollow Farm and Knoll Farms in Brentwood. Frog Hollow’s Farmer Al is a memorable and knowledgeable character and guests will learn about Frog Hollow’s kitchen, compost operation and beehives.

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