Eat the Week SF: Weird Salmon Rising
1. Is your salmon a product of nature or science? Unless the California State Assembly votes for AB 88, the Consumer Right to Know Act, you might not have a right to that information. Federally, we aren’t so lucky; the FDA is about to approve its first genetically engineered animal safe to consume. GE salmon will probably hit the national marketplace unlabeled, but California takes strides to warn consumers, says SF Gate.
2. The 3rd annual Winter Brew Fest will be held in Concord this year on January 28th. $35 presale tickets will get you unlimited sips from a local selection of warm and spicy winter brews, according to 7×7. The fest, this year complete with food trucks, usually takes place in Berkeley, but Occupy protesters are currently inhabiting the space.
3. Today, Occupy is turning corporate banks into food banks. Occupy Wall Street West will be accepting donations in a TBA location in the financial district of San Francisco. There will also be nutritious and organic meals for free throughout the day. All food donations received that day will be passed on to soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Follow @OSFFoodBank for more info.
4. Meanwhile, in Southern California, over a week ago, a woman offered sex in exchange for Chicken McNuggets, reports the SF Examiner.
5. Why aren’t there more women chefs, asks EaterSF and the New Times? Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn says egocentric male-dominated kitchens may be to blame. James Beard winner Michelle Bernstien says it used to be worse 20 years ago, but the smart ladies are in pastry.
6. Paula Deen sold out to the pharmaceutical industry as she announces her battle with diabetes. Eater SF says that as far as advertising goes, “Hiring her was flat-out genius.” The queen of fatty foods is now selling a pill that counteracts the disease her eating habits gave her.
7. The annual Good Food Awards winners included some Bay Area Favorites, says SF Gate. Bellwether Farms’ whole milk ricotta and Saint Benoit Yogurt’s organic yogurt cheese both won last Friday in the cheese category; Adesso’s speck and Fatted Calf’s terrines won in the charcuterie category.
8. Line cooks (FINALLY) get the spotlight at The Bold Italic. A feature called Kiss the Cook profiles six line cooks about their thankless careers because, “they don’t get to walk around a dining room to receive praise like the head chefs they work under.”
10. Last Friday, KQED’s Forum discussed aging farmers and the agricultural crisis this may cause as they retire , but community support could help a Ferry Plaza favorite stay alive. Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farms was diagnosed with cancer, and CUESA is planning a fundraising event to help him and his family-run farm stay healthy, says 7×7.