As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.
Ever since Fritz Maytag bought and transformed San Francisco’s struggling Anchor Steam brewery, Northern California has been one of the centers of the craft beer and microbrew movements. KQED’s Forum talks about the latest trends, from sour beer to the rise of retail tasting rooms, and explores how today’s local brewers are redefining the beloved beverage.
Some refugees celebrated Christmas before coming to the U.S, others didn’t. But once they’re here, Christmas often becomes a time for family to come together. Here are two stories about how refugees in Oakland celebrate the holidays with their own traditions, and their own cultural foods.
Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it’s time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.
Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California’s bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state’s Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can’t be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.
Many can’t afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them, and some areas that grow enormous amounts of produce are among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.
The federal food stamp program, known as SNAP, supports one in seven Americans at a cost of around $80 billion each year. With almost 70 percent of adult Americans overweight, some nutrition advocates want to prohibit SNAP recipients from using food stamps to purchase junk food such as soda and chips. Opponents say that such restrictions would unfairly target the poor and limit their food options. KQED’s Forum discusses the issue.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Whether you’re roasting your turkey, brining it or ditching the bird altogether, join KQED’s Forum as they share recipes and ask cooking experts for their best techniques and tricks on how to spice up entrees, side dishes and desserts for the holiday season. Also, Forum shares a few recipes for “Thanksgivukkah,” since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap this year.
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.
Around 1900, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to find crops from around the world which would grow well in the United States, “agricultural explorers” visited Algeria, Iraq and Egypt. They returned with date palm shoots, and after planting in a number of regions, found the Coachella Valley had the perfect climate for the crop.
Meskel is one of the biggest holidays on the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar. As with many religious congregations, the numbers of “casual” visitors swell on days like these, and the Medhani Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Church is ready to throw a big welcoming party.
“As the world shaped itself in different ways, people made their way to California, which became the safe haven of Armenians from around the world.” Western and Eastern Armenians speak different dialects, use different names for the same dishes — and make those dishes differently. What they all share in common is the challenge of keeping their language alive in America. That’s where food is at least the start of the conversation.
Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews
The final episode of Season 8 reviews restaurants serving American Regional cuisine in Healdsburg, Vietnamese food in San Francisco, and Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila in Sausalito.
A trip to the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin for a Mindful Eating retreat can help retrain the brain to be a willing partner in living with greater consciousness.
Restaurants reviewed: A sushi restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco, a Mexican supermarket & taqueria in Hayward and a restaurant in Greenbrae serving Contemporary American cuisine.