Wednesday Taste Talk at SFCS: What Does California Cuisine Mean, Anyways?

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San Francisco Cooking School
Once you've gobbled up Joyce Goldstein's latest book, Inside the California Food Revolution, you may find yourself wanting to mull over the weighty topics with others -- what does California cuisine really mean, anyways, and does it depend on who you ask? Tomorrow night at a Taste Talk event at the San Francisco Cooking School, check out a fun and bookish event that promises face time with area culinary stars and a coffee and dessert bar from Neighbor Bakehouse and Crumb.

See also: Inside the California Food Revolution with Joyce Goldstein

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Richmond District Farmers Market Starts This Sunday After Three Year Wait

Categories: Farmers' Market

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Starting a neighborhood farmers' market in San Francisco is no simple feat. More than three years after Richmond SF first reported on a group of neighbors petitioning to have a few produce stands in a parking lot, the Richmond District is finally getting its own farmers' market -- starting this Sunday.

After much finagling among neighbors, SFMTA, and local businesses, the year-round market will open along Clement between Second and Fourth Avenues between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. It will feature an array of local products and entertainment, but don't plan on taking a romp through the promised bounce house, as it has been nixed due to noise concerns (laughing children?), according to Supervisor Eric Mar's aide Peter Lauterborn.

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Celebrate the Ferry Plaza's 20th Birthday On Saturday

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The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market was just one of three San Francisco farmers markets when it opened in 1993, according to its website. And now there's a farmers market for every microhood. Celebrate the 20 years of local food contributions of CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this Saturday, where a $20 ticket gets you access to a build-your-own shortcake and mimosa bar.

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Let a Chef Shop For Your Dinner Next Week

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If you don't feel like doing all the work involved in planning and shopping for dinner but are tired of eating out, Jake Des Voignes of Local Mission Eatery & Local's Corner might have the answer. He's teamed up with CUESA and Good Eggs to make a "Chef Box" full of ingredients purchased at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market that you can assemble at home into a three-course meal.

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- Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


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Need a Thanksgiving Pie? 3 Places to Put in Your Order

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Sure, it may seem as if the Halloween decorations are just now coming down, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And if you're looking to place a pie order instead of making your own, it's time to get a move on. Here are three places in the city that can help to ensure a stress-free, pie-filled holiday.

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- Class Alert! Master Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Basics
- Beer of the Week: The Bruery's Autumn Maple Tastes Like Thanksgiving's Sweet Side
- Summer Ends on a Sweet Note at Mission Pie


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It's Ketchup! It's Sriracha! It's Srirachup!

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By now, you may very well be starting to understand cult-like craze that surrounds Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha sauce (you know, the one with the green top, white lettering, and rooster on the bottle). Whether you're drizzling it onto scrambled eggs, squirting it into your soup, or using it to spice up your slice of cheese pizza, the possibilities for this paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt seem endless. But, lo and behold, just as we thought the Sriracha craze could not get any crazier ... we discovered Sosu Ketchup's new sweet and spicy lovechild: Srirachup.

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Chocolate Laced With Sriracha Hits You in the Throat
The Return on Lollyphine's Hot Licks
Heart of the City Farmers' Market Finds


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Shroomin': 10 Facts About the Strange World of Mushrooms

Categories: Farmers' Market

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While meandering through the Heart of the City Farmers' Market in UN plaza, I stumbled upon Far West Fungi. I had never seen a booth solely devoted to mushrooms, and I became more interested once I started talking to the employees about all the different uses for fungi. After I left, I was compelled to learn more about the fascinating and uniquely strange world that surrounds mushrooms.

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Heart of the City Farmers' Market Finds
Gather's Braised Mushroom Sandwich
Three's A Trend: Mushroom Desserts


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Farmers' Market Finds: Nut Butters and Psychedelic Kettle Corn at SFSU

Categories: Farmers' Market

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Associated Students, Inc. Farmers' Market
Where: Located on SFSU's campus (outside the humanities building)
When: Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For years the smells of San Francisco State's farmers' markets have wafted through the open windows in the humanities building and distracted me from my seemingly diligent studies, transporting me to a food-filled daydream of Belgian waffles, fresh strawberries, and kettle corn. This farmers' market is small (less than 10 vendors) but a great place to stock up on organic produce or break the monotony of the usual campus food. My two favorite finds of the week were Popcorn Karma Kettle Corn's rainbow kettle corn and Nut 'n Bean's specialty nut butters.

See Also:
Heart of the City Farmers' Market Finds
Go Apple Crazy at Local Farmers' Markets
Drink of the Week: The Farmer's Market Cocktail

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Heart of the City Farmers' Market Finds

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What: Heart of the City Farmers' Market
When: Weds., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., & Sun., 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: UN Plaza (above the Civic Center Bart station)

Heart of the City Farmers' Market started 30 years ago with just 15 farmers present, and has since grown into a large independent non-profit organization that has donated more than $50,000 to the community since its conception. When I ventured to the market last Wednesday, I expected to find primarily inexpensive produce. What I found instead was a hoard of overly eager new farmers excited to share their unique creations.

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-Farmers Market Cocktails
-Five-Course Heirloom Tomato Dinner
-Sunset Vegan Hemp Smoothie


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