foodbloggers at the food bank

February 14th, 2007

Ever go bobbing for apples in a huge plastic crate? How about filtering out bad oranges, revving up your pitching arm to toss them into a giant composting container? Last Saturday, thirty-odd foodbloggers got together at the San Francisco Food Bank to do just that. The San Francisco Food Bank is an enormous clearing house for food that is distributed to charitable organizations throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. Huge amounts of food come through the food bank every day, all of which needs to be sorted and packaged into cardboard boxes. These boxes are then stacked on a flat, wrapped in plastic to keep them in place, and finally loaded onto trucks for distribution. The whole operation is run by a combination of employees, part-time volunteers, and sporadic volunteers. It’s remarkable to see such a dedicated, hard-working staff process and sort all those massive crates of food.

Our task last Saturday was to sort and package green apples, oranges, and frozen corn cobs. This involved putting together and taping the boxes, sorting the good fruit from the bad, packaging the fruit, taping the boxes shut, and stacking the boxes neatly on a wodden flat.

We foodbloggers spread around the crates of fruit and went straight to work. Some people taped boxes, others lifted and arranged the boxes. Some were especially adept at picking out the bad fruit and throwing them dodgeball-style into the composting crate—I nearly got nailed three times. Our efficient work paid off: the kind folks at the Food Bank said we managed our task much faster than they had expected.

Afterwards, we headed off to Yield Wine Bar for some great nibbles and wine served by Sam—barmaid for a day—looking cool in her officer’s cap. Organizers Amy and Sam provided delicious cheeses and baguette slices, the Fatted Calf gave fed us thin-sliced ham, and Poco Dolce brought us their little sweet/salty wafers of chocolate. (As both Fatted Calf and Poco Dolce are right down the road from Yield, this was micro-local cuisine, as someone pointed out.)

But the stars of the show were the sunny chutneys and spicy Spanish chorizo courtesy of Alison McQuade and Ore Dagan of Fra’Mani Salumi, respectively. I’m not usually a great fan of chutneys as I tend to find them too sweet. But McQuade’s Celtic chutneys are something else entirely. These are complex chutneys brimming with taste and texture. You can’t pick out any one individual flavor–there’s the zing of vinegar, a ginger kick, and a warm, brown sugar sweetness. But there’s so much more, and damned if you can figure out exactly what else is in that chutney. All you know is it tastes fresh and alive, and goes very well with cheese and bread.

The Spanish chorizo was brought to us from Fra’Mani salumi, by way of Ore Dagan, chef and Responsabile Produzione. I could not get enough of it, but sadly, this particular salumi is not yet available in stores. I’ll wager that a small popular movement will soon begin protesting the absence of this chorizo from local shops. Slogans like “Chorizo now!” and “Fra’Mani, not war!” will become ubiquitous. So please, Ore, bring on the chorizo before you have an angry mob of hungry foodbloggers bearing poultry forks and carving knives.

You can find McQuade’s chutneys at the Cowgirl Creamery retail shop in San Francisco, and other fine shops (how about some East Bay locations, Alison? Market Hall, perhaps?). Fra’Mani salumi is sold at the Berkeley Bowl and the Pasta Shop in the East Bay.

Many, many thanks to Amy Sherman and Sam Breach for having organized this wonderful event. It was great fun getting together with other foodbloggers, particularly for a worthy cause.

5 Responses to “foodbloggers at the food bank”

  1. alison Says:

    Thank you Shelly – was great to meet you – what a fun day – good company and fantastic food always a winner! I too loved Fra’mani’s chorizo, poco dolce’s wonderful chocolates and the fatted calf ham – delish. Not to mention Sam’s choice of Yield – lovely!

    I’m looking at east bay stores this very day….so hopefully soon…will keep you posted!

  2. shelly Says:

    Hi Alison! Great meeting you too! It was fun, wasn’t it? Looking forward to eating more of your chutneys. The husband will go wild for them.

  3. Ore Says:

    Hi Shelly.

    Thanks so much for the comments. I hope that everyone can enjoy the Salametto Piccante. It should be available within the next 6 weeks or so.

    Ciao,

    Ore

  4. shelly Says:

    Hey Ore! Al lo davar. Looking forward to buying some salametto piccante. I think it would go nicely in a bean stew or with pasta.

    shelly

  5. piccante Says:

    […] in spicy barbeque sauce £6.80) and Funghi Ricotta (spinach and ricotta stuffed mushrooms, …an open cupboard Blog Archive foodbloggers at the food bankI hope that everyone can enjoy the Salametto Piccante. … Looking forward to buying some salametto […]

  6. Carey Thiede Says:

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with with your website.

  7. quest bars Says:

    I have read so many articles or reviews about the blogger lovers however
    this post is really a nice paragraph, keep it up.

  8. quest bars Says:

    Hi there terrific website! Does running a blog similar to this take a great
    deal of work? I’ve very little expertise in programming however I had been hoping to start my
    own blog in the near future. Anyways, should you have any suggestions or techniques for new
    blog owners please share. I know this is
    off topic but I just wanted to ask. Appreciate it!

  9. quest bars Says:

    I just could not go away your website before suggesting that
    I actually enjoyed the standard info an individual supply on your visitors?
    Is going to be back often in order to inspect new posts

  10. minecraft.exe Says:

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that
    I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you
    access consistently quickly.

  11. plenty of fish dating site of free dating Says:

    I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet visitors,
    its really really nice article on building up new weblog.

  12. plenty of fish dating site of free dating Says:

    Thanks for every other informative blog. Where else could I get that kind of
    info written in such a perfect manner? I’ve a challenge that I’m just now running on, and I’ve been at the glance out for such information.

  13. Limewire Free Music Downloads Says:

    What’s up to all, the contents existing at this web site are in fact
    amazing for people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work
    fellows.

  14. Bernie sanders Says:

    I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This article posted at this web site is genuinely nice.

  15. bernie sanders Says:

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I’ve
    read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess
    I will just book mark this blog.

  16. baja wf 200 Says:

    What’s up to all, it’s actually a fastidious for me to pay a quick visit this website, it contains priceless Information.|

  17. jual besi wf surabaya Says:

    where can i find additional information about this ? recommended for many people incredible points sound arguments i actually love this website

  18. Best Motherboard Reviews Says:

    After study a few of the blog posts on your website now, and I truly like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Pls check out my web site as well and let me know what you think.

  19. Best Motherboard Reviews Says:

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

  20. Gigabyte Z170x Says:

    This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  21. Best Basketball shoes for men Says:

    You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

  22. What Celebrities Take Garcinia Cambogia Says:

    Hello it’s me, I am also visiting this web page daily, this website is genuinely nice
    and the visitors are truly sharing nice thoughts.

    Here is my weblog: What Celebrities Take Garcinia Cambogia

  23. Basketball shoes for men Says:

    After study a few of the blog posts on your website now, and I truly like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Pls check out my web site as well and let me know what you think.

  24. seo Says:

    Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

  25. seo plugin Says:

    Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

  26. csgo Says:

    Surprisingly individual friendly website. Enormous info offered on couple of clicks

  27. csgo skins Says:

    Just simply wished to point out Now i’m pleased I happened in your internet page!.

  28. Genia Says:

    Don’t hesitate — contact us now to get a free quote on your automotive.
    You could possibly be sitting on a lot of money proper now without even figuring out it.
    Don’t sell your junk automotive in Houston without contacting the Junk Car Medics
    first!

  29. cash for cars without title Says:

    When you sell us your vehicle, we’ll send our tow truck to select it up.
    The tow truck driver could have your fee on your junk
    car or truck.

  30. doughboy pool contractor Says:

    Pool building contractors (C-53 specialists) have to find oout certain abilities in order forr them to build doughboy pool contractor, jacuzzis,
    as well as install heating devices.

  31. injury lawyers Says:

    My daughter remained in a bad crash as well as
    I enjoy to state that Lloyd Baker as well as his employees cared
    for eveey little thing.

    Herre is my web site injury lawyers

  32. https://garagedoorrepairportlandoregon.wordpress.com Says:

    Why do you have to name us?

  33. pbdtrio.com Says:

    I’ve learn a few good stuff here. Definitely price
    bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much effort you
    set to create this type of wonderful informative site.

  34. mobil porno Says:

    If some one wants expert view concerning blogging and site-building afterward i suggest him/her to visit this website, Keep up the fastidious work.

  35. gotway unicycle Says:

    Was amazed at how versatile these gotway unicycle http://www.aliexpress.com/store/group/6-5inch-Hover-Board/1950023_505167003.html are, bring with almost everything casual appear. I’m thrilled with these men_nike http://www.aliexpress.com/store/group/Football-Shoes/1950023_506559544.html and they’re so pleasant and supple, truly worth just about every penny!

  36. Clyde Says:

    Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further
    post thanks once again.

    Feel free to visit my web blog – step weight, Clyde,

  37. www.backpacktosrilanka.com Says:

    It does not surprise me that Front Point Safety has actually
    appeared ahead of the competition in a side-by-side comparison of the whole package deal.

    Review my weblog: security systems for home (http://www.backpacktosrilanka.com)

  38. Driveway Alarms Says:

    Perhaps finding out more information concerning how
    contracts work as well as whether or not you will
    certainly be able to take a house alarm with you if you choose to
    move are essential questions you have.

    Look into my site: Driveway Alarms

  39. simple website builder Says:

    Greetings! Very useful advice within this article!
    It is the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Here is my blog post; simple website builder

  40. mesothelioma lawyer directory Says:

    In addition to giving cost-free information regarding payment, other advantages as well as mesothelioma treatment,
    the Mesothelioma Victims Center provides their help in choosing the most seasoned mesothelioma lawyer directory legal representatives.

  41. wireless home security system Says:

    Installing wireless safety and security video cameras in your house is a wonderful way of getting
    ears and eyes anywhere in your house!

    My web page: wireless home security system

  42. Crystal Says:

    We are favoring FrontPoint Security yet are a little anxious about installing it ourselves.

    Feel free to visit my web site; home alarm system (Crystal)

  43. Hope Childrens Home Says:

    Learn all about who we are and what we do in one minute and 30
    seconds by watching this video.

  44. Maduras Says:

    I want to voice my passion for your kindness for men and women that require help on this one subject matter. Your very own commitment to passing the message all through has been exceptionally valuable and has consistently helped individuals just like me to achieve their objectives. Your new important report denotes so much to me and substantially more to my fellow workers. Thanks a lot; from all of us.

  45. Porno Says:

    Wow, amazing weblog structure! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you made running a blog glance easy. The overall look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content material!

  46. 3ds emulator download Says:

    Report bugs on Git.

  47. Sallie Veras Says:

    Aeg, Amana, Ariston, Aspes, Balay, Bauknecht, Beko, Bluesky, Bosch, Bru, Candy, Corbero, Daewoo, Edesa, Electrolux, Fagor, Firstline, Haier, Hoover, Iberna, Ignis, Indesit, Lg, Liebherr, Linx, Miele, Neff, NewPol, Otsein, Philips, Rommer, Saivod, Samsung, Siemens, Smeg, Superser, Taurus, Teka, Thomson, Westinghouse, Whirlpool, Zanussi; y, somos Servicio Técnico Oficial de General Electric (según zona – consultar).

  48. Marianne Says:

    I see you don’t monetize your site, i know how to earn some additional money and get more
    visitors using one simple method, just search in google
    for: ideas by Loocijano

  49. www.playeclipse.com Says:

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come
    here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your
    theme? Fantastic work!

    my web page :: little exercise (http://www.playeclipse.com)

Leave a Reply

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.
Creative Commons License