Restaurants uncork a return to California flavors

For all the obsession with eating locally, and all the chefs who source ingredients from their own backyards, restaurant wine lists haven’t necessarily kept up with the times. Many American sommeliers, fond of European wines, have a complicated relationship with California – mostly because the state’s wines can be more fruit-forward and oak-tinged, and potentially […]

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DIY cheese for beginners: Chevre and ricotta

As you approach the home of Louella Hill, otherwise known as the Milk Maid, the vintage metal milk can on the front porch clears away any doubt that you’ve found the right place. Hill, who left behind a cheese-making business in Rhode Island when her life brought her to San Francisco, now teaches cheese making to beginners. […]

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Farm-delivered produce boxes are bounty for cooks

Most people sign up for a community supported agriculture box as an easy way to increase the amount of fresh produce they eat and to support local farms. For Mariquita Farm CSA member David Forer, it’s both of those things plus one more: to get the types of specialty vegetables that otherwise go strictly to […]

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Food Craft Institute to open in Jack London Square

Making organic jams and jellies by hand and delivering them by bicycle does not sound like the most scalable business plan. But Dafna Kory of Inna Jams, who started her business in 2010 without prior food service experience, increased her annual production from 8,500 to 30,000 jars within two years. After piecing together work space […]

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Local yogurt producer Saint Benoit’s new organic milk

Local yogurt producer St. Benoit is now offering organic milk from pastured Jersey cows. The milk, from Diamond M Dairy near Petaluma, is vat-pasteurized like the milk for its yogurt, at the lowest legal limit of 145°, which producer Benoit de Korsak says preserves flavor and nutrition. Regular pasteurized milk is heated to at least […]

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Filipino feast for Christmas

When Jun Belen was preparing to leave for graduate school at Stanford, he warned his mother not to expect him back home in Manila for at least two years. He planned to save his money. But it was hard adjusting to life in Palo Alto, and after a few frugal months he couldn’t face the […]

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Windy Hollow Farm: Taming the Land

Point Arena, Mendocino County — A Bay Area family buys 20 acres of undeveloped land in Mendocino County so the younger generation can start an organic farm and the older generation has a place to retire. Along the way, they encounter roadblocks, including permit issues, the discovery of an endangered species and lack of enough […]

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Chefs Who Are Making Their Own Kind of Authentic

From trucks to pop-ups to restaurants, the city is full of new flavors. Three cooks talk about the food they grew up with and how they’ve made it their own kind of authentic. Restaurant: Bun Mee Owner: Denise Tran (pictured above) Hails from: New Orleans, Louisiana and Vietnam Dish: Sloppy Bun with fried egg Denise […]

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Funding challenges keep numbers of new farmers low

In March, Vonita Murray broke ground on 4 acres in Woodland she calls Mariposa Valley Farm. While waiting for her tomatoes and eggplants to mature, she started selling the first heads of lettuce at the farmers’ market. This week, she launched her community-supported agriculture program, offering weekly produce boxes to local subscribers. Murray, 35, also […]

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Community Agriculture Goes Global With Coffee

Rather than buy produce at a store, members of community-supported agriculture programs, known as C.S.A.’s, pick up their vegetables in a neighbor’s garage, right where a local farmer leaves them. This direct grower-to-consumer relationship has become so popular that it has inspired meat and egg C.S.A.’s among Northern California ranchers and farmers, as well as […]

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