food

What a Chicken
Marty T via Yelp

In Petaluma, a town known for its 150-year history of poultry farming – and more recently for its reputation as an often unforgiving foodie community where restaurants are lucky to last more than a couple of years – a husband and wife from Michoacan, Mexico have opened an oddly named barbecue chicken restaurant with two exclamation points in its name that is making its mark  – with help from the community.

Delfin Vigil reports.

Two local nonprofits in Sonoma County are taking part in a pilot project funded by California's Medi-Cal program. They aim to demonstrate that special meals and education provided to patients with congestive heart failure can improve patient outcomes and reduce hospitalizations and health care costs.

This week Mouthful welcomes Gibson Thomas, publisher and editor of Edible Marin/Wine Country magazine, and Leilani Clark, editor of Made Local magazine. What does it take to keep a print publication viable today and what, exactly, does local mean to these two hardworking women? You'll hear all about it on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming, with host and producer Michele Anna Jordan.

Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful welcomes several guests from Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm, who will share details about the upcoming Farm to Feast celebration, taking place on May 19 under the walnut tree on the farm. You'll hear from students, teachers, gardeners and more.

Tune in Sunday evening at 6 when Mouthful is all about Petaluma Drinks, an upcoming self-guided tasting. Guests include New Lawton of Ethic Ciders, Erin Hines of Bitter Girl Bitters, Lorraine Barber of Barber Cellars Winery, and Jake of Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery. 

Petaluma Drinks, Sunday evening at 6 on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine, & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan - on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

This week on Milk Street Radio, chef Braden Perkins talks crashing the Paris restaurant scene; Grace Young on stir-fried rice; J. Kenji López-Alt on cooking with alcohol; and Vietnamese meatball soup. 

Hear Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio every Sunday night at 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

New Public Service Announcement: Price Gouging Is Not Only Wrong, It's Illegal 

Tune in Sunday evening, December 10 at 6 pm  for a very delicious hour of Mouthful! Heather of Heather's Custom Meats of Santa Rosa will be discussing  her special holiday cuts, farming practices, and more. Rob Akins of Olive Queen olive oil joins in with tastes of his just-pressed Olio Nuovo, the world's freshest olive oil. 

Listen every Sunday evening at 6 for Mouthful, smart talk about food, wine, and farming with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB-FM Radio 91. 

Join KRCB-FM for the SOFA Arts District's annual street festival: Winterblast! There will be food, family entertainment, live music, performers, costumes, puppets, the SOFA parade and ART! This event is FREE.  

KRCB-FM will be in the garden at Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, serving beer and wine - with proceeds going to KRCB North Bay Public Media. 

 

Sonoma County residents and workers impacted by recent fires may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh benefits to provide funds for food purchases under temporary regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). 

Disaster CalFresh applications will be taken at the following County of Sonoma Human Services Department Economic Assistance offices from Wednesday, October 25 through Wednesday, November 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Additional hours may be added):

What is biodynamic farming and why should you care? For answers, tune in this evening at 6, when Mouthful welcomes Elizabeth Candelario, director of Demeter USA. She'll explore the principles of the philosophy and also discuss the upcoming Demeter USA feast, taking place at DeLoach Vineyards on Saturday, October 7th. 

This evening at 6:00 pm on Mouthful - Smart Talk about Food, Wine, & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan - on KRCB FM, Radio 91!

Squash at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
KRCB/Steve Mencher

The National Heirloom Exposition returned to Santa Rosa last week. You may have seen photos of the enormous piles of squashes that have become the event’s calling card. But the fair is about more than simply showing off the shapes and colors of fruits and vegetables. It’s about growing food that’s tasty and also fits a sustainable worldview, as Steve Mencher reports.

Wenonah Hauter
Food and Water Watch

Many national organizations consider the politics of food or water, or necessary changes to our use of fossil fuels--but few take a holistic look at all three. Wenonah Hauter, the founder and executive director of Food and Water Watch, stopped by our studio yesterday to tell us what her organization is working on--and how she’s helping people make connections to heal the systems that nourish us.

KRCB-FM Radio 91 welcomes The Monophonics to Cloverdale's Friday Night Live at the Plaza, this Friday evening! The street fair opens at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 6:30 pm.
 

Food, beverages and Sonoma County wines and craft beers are available from a variety of vendors and nearby restaurants. Hand-crafted arts, crafts and other locally made items are available at the Street Fair, along with a variety of kids’ activities, to ensure there is something for everyone at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale.  
 

Lives of California Farmworkers, In Their Own Words

Jun 14, 2017
Illustration by José Cruz / Heyday Books

California‘s agricultural bounty feeds millions, but much of that is made possible by legions of little-seen farmworkers. A new collection of oral histories lets them tell their own stories.

Through his conversations with the agricultural workers featured in Chasing the Harvest, journalist Gabriel Thompson reveals that despite the undeniable challenges they face, these are people who find much to appreciate about their lives.

This week on Milk Street Radio, Yasmin Khan gives us a closer look at Iranian food and her personal journey with it. We'll also offer our recipe for quick pork tapas and a tip for cooking pasta in its sauce. Dr. Aaron Carroll explores the truth about peanut allergies, Lior Lev Sercarz takes us inside the world of spices and, as always, Christopher Kimball and Sara Moulton take your calls.

Sunday evening at 6, Mouthful will feature a very special interview with a scientist working on the remarkable properties of maple syrup. There will also be some special surprises in honor of spring and our membership drive. 

Sunday from 6 to 7 pm, Mouthful - Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming with host Michele Anna Jordan, on KRCB FM Radio 91.

  Sunday evening at 6 pm, Nancy Wang returns to Mouthful to talk about this year's upcoming Redwood Empire Chinese Association Lunar New Year Celebration, and Evan Wiig stops by to talk about the Barn Raiser and Dancing taking place at Shone Farm.

 

"The Flavors of Home"

Dec 22, 2016

All around us, there are edible plants, growing wild. The trick is knowing which ones they are, where to find them, and how best to make use of them.  On today’s North Bay Report, we hear from someone who not only knows all that, she wrote the book on it.

  For Margit Roos-Collins, foraging has been a part of her lifestyle since childhood, a sort of family tradition.

'Symphony of the Soil' Digs Beneath the Surface

Nov 25, 2016

Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem.

You can see the trailer for Symphony of the Soil below. And watch the entire documentary on KRCB television Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26 at 3 pm, or next Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 pm.

Tiffany Camhi

Can you remember what your school lunches were like? For many the thought can conjure up memories of bland sandwiches, dry meat meat patties and sugary juices. But with stricter food regulations and a general move towards healthy and nutritious eating those meals are poised to become a thing of the past. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited one North Bay school district offering a different kind of lunch.

The Role of Exotic Fruits in Biodiversity

Sep 6, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The Heirloom Expo, a colorful celebration of old, rare, exotic and bountiful produce, returned to the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa yesterday, with scores of vendors and nearly as many speakers. We hear from one of them on today’s North Bay report.

  All of the abundance and diversity of fruit that can be grown around the Bay Area tends to belie the fact that very little of it is actually native to the region, explains John Valenzuela.

The National Heirloom Exo continues through Thursday.

Building Acceptance for ‘Ugly’ Produce

May 18, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, ugliness is only skin deep, while flavor and nutrition go all the way through. But is that enough to win over consumers?

Ben Simon, co-founder and CEO of Imperfect Produce, says the company's slightly pejorative name was deliberately chosen.

The “Imperfect” brand also gives farmers an alternate way to find a market for their less-than-ideal produce, Simon explains.

An Online Map to Redirect Food Waste

Mar 26, 2016

When food goes to waste, there are usually other, better places it could go instead. A new map and social media tool, currently under construction, aims to reroute that food to more beneficial destinations.

    When the FoodRecovery.org website is up and running, sometime between May and June, co-creator Nick Papadoupulous anticipates that it will be useful to a range of potential beneficiaries.

Economic Concerns Dominate Food Forum

Mar 17, 2016

Five years after Sonoma County’s first Food Forum laid the foundation for the county’s Food Action Plan, a second session yesterday focused on the economic forces that challenge farmers and the long-term prospects for sustainable local agriculture.

High costs for both land and housing in Sonoma County are hurting small and new would-be farmers, notes Agriculture Commissioner Tony Linegar. And he’s got a suggestion to help ease that bind.

Turning Wine Waste into Healthy Snacks

Mar 1, 2016

  It has to be used sparingly, but flour made from dried grape skins and seeds is both healthy and nutritious. And it’s starting to catch on.

The first local commercial use of grape skin flour was in making gluten-free cookies,  recalls Tom Keener, co-founder of Wild California.

Making Better Use of Wine Waste

Feb 27, 2016
The Royal Journal of Green Chemistrty

For every pallet of wine produced in California, there is a small mountain of grape waste, called pomace. In our modern age of sustainability, new efforts are being made to find constructive uses for that byproduct.

Food products weren't what WholeVine was created to investigate, says Chief Science Officer Torey Arvick.

Their first products were cooking oils, cold-pressed from pomace that was differentiated by varietal. Arvick says the differences of the grape types remain distinctive in the oils.

Byte

  

  At most workplaces, breakroom food options are processed, carb-heavy, stale and limited. Byte is a North Bay start-up that is out to change all of that.

  Because of the healthful selection of food they offer, Byte founder and CEO Megan Mokri says their service meshes well with workplace wellness programs.

A Prolific Year for Michele Anna Jordan

Nov 22, 2015

With two dozen books on food and cooking to her credit already, Michele Anna Jordan now divides her time between savoring new projects and updating past works.

  Unlike celebrity chefs, who produce beautiful but impractical coffee table books, Jordan writes hers for people who want to increase their culinary confidence through experimentation.

In More than Meatballs, Jordan says she was out to "feminize" the subject.

Michele Anna Jordan’s radio program, Mouthful, can be heard weekly on KRCB, Sunday evenings at 6 pm.

Healdsburg Gleaners “Rescue” Food for Pantries

Nov 14, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  

  Extra or unharvested produce doesn’t go to waste when Healdsburg’s Farm to Pantry gleaners go into action. 

Melita Love, who founded the Farm to Pantry Gleaners seven years ago, says they have been helped enormously by the many Healdsburg area farmers who make their unused fruit and vegetables available to the group.

  The gleaning group sends the biggest share of what they gather to their local food pantry, but Program Director Dani Wilcox says they seek out other hungry recipients as well.

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