Food and Wine: Hot Spots

Sunset Magazine Goes Slow

Sunset magazine, the venerable 60-year-old journal of Western living, took on the challenge of producing — in a small backyard-sized plot — every single item of food and drink for a summer feast. The menu included creamy corn soup with roasted poblanos; multi-variety tomato salad with fresh white cheese; herbed potato cake; patty pan squash hollowed out and baked with eggs laid by backyard chickens; and melon sorbets — all accompanied by stunning “garage” wines and even beer. The staff at Sunset did venture a short distance off campus to procure grapes for wine, vinegar and olives for olive oil (their olive tree was infested), sea water for salt and milk for cheese, but otherwise they raised everything there. The point is that anyone with access to the smallest patch of earth, or even a deck, can produce a substantial amount of delicious food. All the details are in the August issue, supported by a continuing how-to blog. Visit sunset.com/oneblockfeast.

Slow Food Nation

This Weekend Aug. 29-31

The big event is finally here! Tickets ($45-$65) for the Tasting Pavilion at Fort Mason are available for Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. sessions (discounted tickets available at Whole Foods Markets). The Civic Center Market Place is free and open Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up for dinners around town, excursions and workshops at slowfoodnation.com.

Just Posted

Slow to reform, SFPD touts lack of police shootings as sign of progress

Department has completed about 10 percent of federal recommendations for improvement

SFPD issuing fewer life-saving traffic tickets because of ‘additional paperwork’

In August, Mayor London Breed and traffic safety watchers blasted San Francisco… Continue reading

PG&E to use state support, aircraft to minimize impact of power shutoff

PG&E has accepted an offer of technical assistance and aircraft to help… Continue reading

Transbay BART tube reopens after service halted by sparks during rush hour

Sparks near the transbay tube prompted BART to halt some service between… Continue reading

BART: busking ban on trains may be legal despite opposition, free speech concerns

When BART board director Debora Allen first floated her proposal to ban… Continue reading

Most Read