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“Spinning Plates” Documentary Comes to the Bay Area – A Film about Restaurants, Food, Family and Legacy

“Spinning Plates” Documentary Comes to the Bay Area – A Film about Restaurants, Food, Family and Legacy

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do we go out to eat? Why do people start restaurants–an admittedly grueling effort? A new documentary called Spinning Plates explores themes of food, family and legacy, and there’s appearances from Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, as well as looks behind the scenes for Gabby’s in Arizona and Breitbach’s in Iowa. Mary Ladd interviews director Joseph Levy about his new film.

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San Francisco’s Culinary Scene is Ripe with Talent from City College

San Francisco’s Culinary Scene is Ripe with Talent from City College

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department at City College is a training ground for some of the Bay Area’s top line cooks, pastry chefs and food service workers. Alumni Sam Mogannam of Bi-Rite Market, Jeff Hanak of Nopa and Nopalito, and Martino DiGrande of Palio D’Asti talk with us about what would happen to the Bay Area culinary scene if City College were to close.

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Here’s A Reason To Love Disco Again: Stopping Food Waste

Here’s A Reason To Love Disco Again: Stopping Food Waste

| October 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wednesday is World Food Day, an occasion meant to strengthen the commitment to end global hunger. Across Europe, activists are throwing disco soup parties to turn leftover food into delicious food to give to the hungry. And as the name suggests, there’s music, too.

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Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

| October 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

Fifty-two percent of low-wage fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet, a fresh analysis finds. Many are adults supporting families. But some conservative economists say raising the minimum wage to $15 – as protesters are demanding – wouldn’t help matters.

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In the Trash: The Wasted 40% of Food

In the Trash: The Wasted 40% of Food

| October 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

In the U.S., 40% of the food we produce gets throw away. Most of that ends up in landfills, instead of on the plates of the hungry. A few organizations in the Bay Area are hoping to change that.

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Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Twitter icon Feminist Hulk is pummeling away at the shutdown’s funding threats to WIC, the federal program that provides essential food aid to pregnant women and mothers with young children. And she’s using her nearly 74,000 followers to help – setting up an online resource to help families left in the lurch find baby food and formula.

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McDonald’s President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

McDonald’s President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton has been criticized on social media for his videotaped response to an employee who confronted him and complained that she doesn’t make enough to feed her kids. But a spokeswoman for the company says McDonald’s has a long history of promoting from within.

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What Are the Most Popular Crowdfunded Food Projects?

What Are the Most Popular Crowdfunded Food Projects?

| October 4, 2013 | 3 Comments

As the popularity of crowdfunding grows, more foodies are turning to the masses to finance their new restaurants, food trucks and wholesale cooking projects.

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Why Lots Of Grass-Fed Beef Sold In U.S. Comes From Down Under

Why Lots Of Grass-Fed Beef Sold In U.S. Comes From Down Under

| October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

A lot of the grass-fed beef sold in the U.S. now comes from Australia because it’s cheaper and available year-round. But U.S. producers say they still have an advantage over the imported meat: a homegrown story.

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Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some state programs serving low-income women with young children at nutritional risk may run out of funding by next week. Other states have enough funding to provide benefits — which average $45 per month — through October.

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Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Urban farmers are eyeing rooftops that are already green as potential sites to grow food. But there are big obstacles to rooftop farming — from permitting to transporting water and soil to the top of a building.

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Trader Joe’s Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

Trader Joe’s Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

| September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the United States, 40 percent of the food produced annually goes to waste. Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, wants to do something about it. He’s opening a restaurant that will transform produce past its sell date into healthful take-out food.

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House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

| September 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

The bill would cut funding for the program over the next 10 years and affect an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure, passed narrowly along party lines, is not expected to pass the Senate.

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House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls

House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The measure would cut $40 billion from the federal SNAP program over 10 years. Republicans who back the cuts say they attack fraud. In reality, the vast majority of SNAP recipients either work or are children, disabled or elderly. The House is poised to take up the bill Thursday.

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