Interesting and important Food News from across the web that you should read. It’s the weekend, take the time.
Can Organic Crops Compete with Industrial Agriculture? [UC Berkeley] – A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. UC Berkeley researchers used a sample size more than 3 times larger than previous studies and found that organic yields are only about 19.2 percent lower than conventional ones, a much smaller gap than previously found. The researchers suggest that organic farming can be a very competitive alternative to industrial agriculture when it comes to food production.
The Progress, Manresa & Cockscomb Openings, San Francisco Bay Area – A few of the LETumEAT crew members were most recently based in the Bay Area and the food scene there remains near and dear to our hearts. A few exciting openings (and re-openings) are making waves there lately. Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of Bon Appetit’s 2012 Best New Restaurant State Bird Provisions is opening their second restaurant next door, The Progress. Tuesday, December 16 is the official opening date, but Tablehopper and a special few were there for the Friends & Family last Monday. A long read, but a great one, Tablehopper’s sneak peak.
Michelin-starred Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos experienced a terrible fire in July and has been closed ever since. Great news this week: reservations are live and they’ll be reopening for New Years Eve! Congratulations to David Kinch and his crew.
Larger-than-life SF chef & personality Chris Cosentino (Incanto, Boccalone) recently opened Cockscomb and this video by Chefs Feed has been flying around the internet.
The world’s most powerful chef hangs up his apron. Will Sam Kass’ departure imperil Michelle Obama’s food agenda? [Politico Pro] – Sam Kass, White House Chef and the Obama’s personal chef for the past 6 years, is leaving his post at the end of the month. Reasoning behind the move is a bit unclear, other than mention of him moving to NYC to be with his new wife. Sam Kass has been a key player in Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign promoting a healthier generation of children and is also Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. How will this affect these initiatives moving forward, especially considering Republican Congress’ plans to challenge much of first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating agenda?
Measure 92 supporters concede defeat on Oregon GMO labeling — for now [The Oregonian] – On Thursday morning, results of the November 4 ballot for Measure 92, which would have made GMO labeling mandatory in the state of Oregon, were finally announced: Measure 92 failed by a difference of just 812 votes of over 1.5 million cast. That’s a difference of just 0.05 percent. Considering such close results, supporters are neither discouraged or defeated. Civil Eats reports on “why we’re still winning”
2015 Chefs Week PDX Details Announced [Chefs Week PDX] – Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant co-founded this event in 2014, bringing chefs from up and down the West Coast to Portland for a “dinner and party series”. Details have just been announced for the second annual gathering, which will take place February 5 – 8, 2015. Some of the visiting names include Matt Dillon (Sitka & Spruce, Seattle), Joel Watanabe (Bao Bei, Vancouver), Mei Lin (Ink, LA) and Matt Accarino (SPQR, San Francisco). Local chefs include Jason French (Ned Ludd), Joshua McFadden (Ava Genes) and Matt Christianson (Urban Farmer). Tickets for the events are already on sale and reportedly going quickly!