Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Grease Trap: Breeder Feeders

By John Birdsall
Wed, Oct 25, 2006 at 3:23 PM

Feeding your little monster has gone all East Bay exquisite, and the local media is on it, kind of. In today's Oakland Trib, Media News staffer April Lynch touches on the organic baby food trend without delving too deeply-she mostly just lists the available brands, spending scant energy on the only Bay Area company in the story, Little Bug Baby Food. Freelance food writer Melissa Swanson launched Little Bug, which puts produce from local small farms through the baby food mill: Kashiwase Farms pluots, figs from Knoll Farm in Brentwood, Happy Boy pumpkins. Would have been nice to see a couple of quotes from the quotable Swanson, who writes for Diablo and Lynch's own paper.

Last Friday's East Bay Business Journal (subscription required) pounced on the toddler restaurant trend, apparently spawned in Oakland. Both Tumble & Tea in Oakland's Temescal district and the Play Café near the Oakland Zoo offer slobber-glazed play spaces for kids along with lattes and fancy sammies for their fried parents.

Like a Foaming Beer Bong of Nicely Done

Trib freelancer William Brand writes (and blogs) about beer the way a lot of wine writers wish they could: with simple taste descriptions that rarely ooze precious. Suds junkies, heed Brand's advice and plan to hit the barrel-aged beer festival at the Bistro in Hayward on Nov. 11.

The Chron Gets Around to Calling Copia; Bye-Bye Blackberry

A week after the hammer went down at Copia (see last week's Grease Trap), the Chron's Inside Scoop decided to turn its attention to the story-including taking with culinary director Linda Carucci, who we talked with last week.

Inside Scoop did score some good dish on news that Robert Dorsey's selling Blackberry Bistro, Oakland's beloved brunch spot, to spend some kitchen time in France.

Fancy Restaurant Chow Yields Gas

That last forkful of wild nettle pappardelle you leave on your plate at Oliveto could be turned into fuel-"biogas," actually-according to a story by Chronicle environmental writer Glen Martin on a new recycling partnership between UC Davis and a private firm. A brand-new restaurant-scrap digester is turning swanky plate trash from places like Oliveto and Zuni Café into fuel for garbage trucks and other vehicles. Another argument for not cleaning your plate.

Every Wednesday, Express restaurant critic John Birdsall samples the best and worst of the Bay Area's food pages.

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