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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CUESA Makes Veggies Sexy in New Muni Ads

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 7:30 AM

  • Photo via CUESA
What's long and hard, looks like male genitalia, and is all over San Francesco's public transportation?

The answer, surprisingly, is not male genitalia. Instead, it's vegetables in all their organic sexiness. CUESA, the organization which runs the popular Saturday farmer’s market at the Ferry Building — among many other things — has released a new Muni ad campaign showcasing the beauty of fruits and veggies that might not necessarily be pleasing to the eye, but are so good for the body. The "ugly" fruit trend has been gaining traction — for example, in France, where a year-old law forbids supermarkets from tossing less-than-beautiful vegetables —  and this campaign seeks to support it in a way only San Francisco can. Even if your eggplant looks almost like Richard Nixon in profile.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Get Your Goat On: Goatchella Returned to the Ferry Building

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Alpine goat kid finds a novel nibble - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • Alpine goat kid finds a novel nibble

Last Saturday I ventured out into the noonday sun and made nice with a PR rep who gave me a quick bit of insider knowledge before slapping a VIP band on my wrist and leading me past a serpentine line of sweaty ticket holders and iPhone-sporting groupies crowded around a tent tagged with signs that read "Sold Out." Inside the bright yellow flaps of the small enclosure were not a crew of festival celebs or a cadre of performers, but a dozen or so humans fighting to get their hands on one of eight kids — goat kids, that is.

Onlooking fans snap pics of the petting tent - A.K. CAROLL
  • A.K. Caroll
  • Onlooking fans snap pics of the petting tent

Thanks to the fine folks at CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), #Goatchella was back for an eighth year of celebrating all things cute and caprine. After last year's event went viral thanks to the wonders of social media, this year's organizers were ready — with stacks maps marking goat-themed market stalls, reserved spots for cheese tastings, and ticketed times for the festival's most popular event: the hold-a-goat tent.


"Do you want to hold a goat?" I hear a woman say behind me. She isn't talking to a child, but a full-grown adult. In fact most of the people I see pass through the goat tent are well past the age of petting zoos. The purpose of Goatchella and the overall mission of CUESA is to connect urban dwellers with local agriculture, regardless of their age or background. Goats are a good point of entry.

They are surprisingly social — more like dogs than their bovine kinfolk. The stars of the afternoon, the kids in CUESA's petting tent are from Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery near Tomales Bay. They are docile and almost affectionate, hardly as distressed or mistreated as nearby protestors would have me believe. A volunteer assures me that Toluma goats graze freely on organic grass. They probably eat better than I do.

A volunteer holds a up a kid for congregated groupies - A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
  • A volunteer holds a up a kid for congregated groupies

  • A.K. Carroll
Halfway into my VIP time slot I duck down to snap a selfie with a friendly little alpine. "Do you want to hold one?" asks a volunteer. I shrug it off like it's no big deal, but secretly I'm pretty excited. Having grown up on the plains of Nebraska, I'd like to think I can keep it together when it comes to handling livestock. But the goats are just ... so goaty. It's all I can do to put mine down when my tent time is up. They actually have to ask me to leave.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

BABY GOATS!: CUESA's Goat Festival Is Saturday, April 16

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:47 PM

  • Amy Verhey

"Charismatic megafauna" is the term for adorable, endangered animals that hog all the attention and prevent even more ecologically important species from the vital protection and funding they deserve. (Vexed biologists usually cite the giant panda as the biggest culprit.)

Well, unless your militant vegan friend starts up again, you don't need to feel guilty about loving cute animals if you go to the Ferry Building on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Goatchella, technically known as CUESA's Baby Goat Festival.

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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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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Embarcadero Report: The New Marla Bakery and Philz Coffee

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM

A bagel with cheese and pickles at Marla Bakery. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • A bagel with cheese and pickles at Marla Bakery.

The new Ferry Building outpost of Marla Bakery opened yesterday, and since the weather was considerably better today, I stopped by to check it out. It's outside, on the northern end of the building, near the interminable line for Gott's Roadside, and although the service area is tiny, the four tables available for patrons to eat at are very capacious.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Eat This: Desi Jacks at Juhu Beach Club

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 3:22 PM

  • Anna Roth
Oakland Indian street food spot Juhu Beach Club has been making appearances at the Ferry Building Thursday farmers market for a few weeks now. We're big fans of their pavs — little curry-infused sandwiches on buttery Starter Bakery buns — but today we learned about a new favorite snack: the desi jacks, a riff on Cracker Jacks.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thinking of Starting Your Own Food Biz? Here's Help

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Seems like everyone wants to quit their day job to open their own artisanal mustard company these days. But while doing it may seem glamorous, how sustainable of a business idea do you really have?

Susie Wyshak, an Oakland-based food business strategist, offers plenty of insight into that very question in Good Food, Great Business: How to Take Your Artisan Food Idea from Concept to Marketplace, which just came out from Chronicle Books.

Wyshak was working for the upscale foodie online marketplace Foodzie when she decided to embark on the book. She had also thought long and hard about starting her own food business, and had heard from so many others about their successes and failures. Rather than start a business of her own, she decided to help others learn how to do it.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sticky Rice Goes Vegetarian at Out The Door

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

  • Julie Kramer
If you’re a fan of dim sum, you’ve probably seen rectangular packages of leaf-wrapped sticky rice pass by, nestled in a steamer. If you’re not a meat eater, you probably had to pass them up, as they are traditionally filled with chicken and pork. Out the Door at the Ferry Building, however, has come to the rescue with steamed vegetarian sticky rice. At $5.00 per packet, this is definitely a treat worth unwrapping.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pet Baby Goats, Eat Goat Cheese, and More at the Ferry Building's Fifth Annual Goat Festival

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Got goats? According to Flickr these adorable creatures are named Luna and Piper. - FLICKR/BRENDON BURTON
  • Flickr/Brendon Burton
  • Got goats? According to Flickr these adorable creatures are named Luna and Piper.
Unless you grew up with goats, there's a good chance you know little of them beyond that occasional creamy cheese you lick from your sandwich wrapper. Goatlessness is a sad condition of urban dwelling, but it doesn't have to be. Goats are wonderful beasts -- intelligent, playful, and picky eaters who get sidelined in the public imagination as mindless garbage-munching creatures.

As one would expect, Northern California is rife with advocates who are ready to change our minds about that, and they'll be here Saturday to feed you and teach you about the glory of goats and all they produce at the Fifth Annual Goat Festival. The festival is the project of CUESA, the Ferry Building Marketplace, and the Northern California Makers of Goat Milk Products.

See also: Watch Talking Goats Dressed as Elves Sell California Goat Cheese

Biscuit Bender Opens Ferry Building Kiosk

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Off-the-Menu Item at Blue Bottle You Haven't Heard Of

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

  • The Dapper Diner

"Ooooh, I wonder what that is," people whisper to each other when you order it. The assertive even ask: "Excuse me? What is that?" Everyone loves exclusivity. We all can't be invited to Michael Bauer's secret holiday party like some of the city's top chefs, but we can at least console ourselves with the fun little off-the-menu item from the Blue Bottle stall inside of the Ferry Building.

At this point you might be saying to yourself: "Oh, are you talking about the Gibraltar? Almost everyone knows about that. What's so exclusive about that off-the-menu beauty?" Well, you're wrong. Yes, the Gibraltar -- an espresso and milk concoction served in a short glass -- is great, but you know what's better? The Waffle-gato (also Waffo-gato, What-a-gato, and Waffle-gate-o). This isn't some oddball item using a cat as an ingredient, but rather a combination of Blue Bottle's affogato and their sweet Liege waffle, and while it's not a new invention by any means, it is one of the best versions in the city.

See also: Blue Bottle's New Small Lot Coffee Series

Three Places to Get Your Waffle On

"Craft of Coffee": Checking Out Blue Bottle's New Book

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