Archive for December, 2011

Well Fed: The Importance of Staff Meals

Well Fed: The Importance of Staff Meals

| December 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

Staff meals vary from china plates and wine glasses to communal sandwich bars: Megan Gordon chats with one baker, one jam maker and one very well-known Bay Area restaurant about how and why they take the time to plan for very specific staff meals.

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At the Alameda County Food Bank, Volunteers Get Nourished Too

At the Alameda County Food Bank, Volunteers Get Nourished Too

| December 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

To help combat exponential increases in hunger and demand for food assistance, the Alameda County Community Food Bank feeds 49,000 people a week. Its volunteers range from school children to retired Stanford University professors. They bag fresh produce, sort cans and fill boxes with essential foodstuffs.

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A Cafe Community Grows In Oakland: Arbor Cafe Is Open For Business

A Cafe Community Grows In Oakland: Arbor Cafe Is Open For Business

| December 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Temescal’s Telegraph Avenue in Oakland is becoming quite the coffee-lovers’ hot spot. There’s a new cafe on the block, Arbor, which has been open since October.

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Dinner and Q & A with Chef Stephanie Izard

Dinner and Q & A with Chef Stephanie Izard

| December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chef Stephanie Izard cooks up a special dinner with fellow Top Chef alum Chef Jennifer Biesty to promote her new cookbook and raise some money for Share our Strength.

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Pumpkin Toffee Whoop(s)ie Pies

Pumpkin Toffee Whoop(s)ie Pies

| December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

I whipped up some Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting (which rocked if I do say so myself), and sandwiched a generous dollop between two of my pumpkin cookie-cakes. A finishing touch of some toffee bits along the edges and I had myself something to whoop about.

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Holiday Gifts from the Farmers’ Market: Ferry Plaza

Holiday Gifts from the Farmers’ Market: Ferry Plaza

| December 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Get your kale, do your holiday shopping! This week, great gifts from San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market.

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Feed Your Inner Scandinavian at Nordic House

Feed Your Inner Scandinavian at Nordic House

| December 8, 2011 | 3 Comments

Berkeley’s Nordic House offers Danes, Swedes and Norwegians many tastes of home. Holiday foods hold a special place in Scandinavian hearts and Nordic House carries glogg, aeblskiver and rice pudding mixes plus Swedish brined hams, Norwegian pork ribs and Danish pork with crispy skin.

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KQED’s Forum: Bi-Rite Market’s ‘Eat Good Food’

KQED’s Forum: Bi-Rite Market’s ‘Eat Good Food’

| December 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market aims to be more than a neighborhood grocery. It’s a community hub focused on food and learning about local farms and sustainable eating. The owners have just released a cookbook called “Eat Good Food,” and they’ve recently expanded a space in which they offer food-centric classes and more. KQED’s Forum talks with Bi-Rite’s owner and produce buyer about how to find the freshest produce and what to cook this season.

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Restaurant Favorites and Honeymoon Updates from Chefs Grace Nguyen and Chad Newton

Restaurant Favorites and Honeymoon Updates from Chefs Grace Nguyen and Chad Newton

| December 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chefs Grace Nguyen and Chad Newton may be the couple that seem to do everything together: work, live, cook, and create food-related businesses in the Bay Area.

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Holiday Cookie Recipe: Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Holiday Cookie Recipe: Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

| December 6, 2011 | 2 Comments

Megan Gordon shares her seasonal recipe for Homemade Peppermint Sandwich Cookies.

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Holiday Cocktails for a Crowd

Holiday Cocktails for a Crowd

| December 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dust off the punch bowl! Jazz up the crock-pot! Holiday cocktails to bring warmth and cheer to the whole party.

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KQED Forum: Eating Healthy in a Food Desert

KQED Forum: Eating Healthy in a Food Desert

| December 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

A recent study found that even after building supermarkets in poor neighborhoods, many residents continue to rely on fast food restaurants, leading to preventable health problems. KQED’s Forum discusses what some advocates are doing to improve the availability of healthy food.

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Rejoice: Arizmendi Bakery’s Remarkable Fruitcake

Rejoice: Arizmendi Bakery’s Remarkable Fruitcake

| December 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

Megan Gordon demystifies fruitcake at San Francisco’s Arizmendi Bakery.

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FuseBox in Oakland: A Soon-to-Open Korean Restaurant Featuring Hand-Crafted Pickles

FuseBox in Oakland: A Soon-to-Open Korean Restaurant Featuring Hand-Crafted Pickles

| December 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

And scheduled to open in January, FuseBox, the West Oakland eatery of Korean-born Sunhui Chang, will add fuel to the Korean food fire with housemade gochuchang, exquisitely crafted pickles, bacon mochi, and well-honed culinary passion.

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