Crab and crab food return to the North Coast
Finally, the commercial crab season has opened on the Sonoma coast. It’s time to get out your butter warmers and bibs for the return of some of the beloved crab food held across the county for charity.
Here are some very popular crab meals already scheduled:
- The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will be holding its 32nd Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest on February 5 at the Hall of Flowers & Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. The reception / silent auction begins at 4 p.m. and the crab food dinner and live auction begins at 6 p.m. To book: sonomafb.org/crab-feed
- Active 20-30 Redwood Empire No. 1029 will be holding its annual Crab Food for Kids, Shellabration Soiree, at 5 p.m. on February 5 at the Friedman Events Center. The event features cocktails, unlimited crabbing, live entertainment and silent auctions. Tickets cost $ 60 with the proceeds going to the Sonoma County Children’s Charity. To book: redwoodempire1029.com and click on Events. You must be 21 or over to participate. 4676 avenue Mayette
- Russian River Rotary will host its 35th Annual Drive-Through Crab Meal from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 29 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts. The menu features crab, pasta and salad and the theme is the Roaring Twenties. An online auction will take place from January 24 to 31, and a live auction will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 29. Tickets cost $ 185 for two. To book: russianriverrotary.ejoinme.org/CrabFeedHome
The Good Food Awards weekend is back
The Good Food Foundation events return to San Francisco at 5 p.m. on January 14 with an awards gala ceremony and the announcement of the 2022 winners at the Palace of Fine Arts.
A retail store selling items from Good Food Award winners will open at the Ferry Building from January 16 and run for two weeks. Items from over 90 of the 2022 Good Food Awards winners will be available for purchase.
Tickets for the awards ceremony are $ 145. To book, go to goodfoodfdn.org and click on Awards Tickets.
Whole Foods predicts 10 food trends for 2022
How does the future of food and drink taste? Whole Foods and its experts from the Trends Council have announced their predictions on the cutting edge products that will appeal to our taste buds in 2022. These are:
1. Ultra-urban agriculture: In 2013, a Whole Foods store opened in Brooklyn with a Gotham Greens greenhouse atop, growing fresh, sustainably grown herbs and green salads using sunlight and 100% renewable electricity. Since then, growers have found innovative ways to grow hyperlocal crops and maximize efficiency.
2. Yuzu: This obscure citrus fruit, mainly cultivated in Japan, Korea and China, is becoming a star in the kitchen. Sweet and sour, the tangerine-sized fruit is popping up in salad dressings, drinks and more. Restaurant chefs also use its citrus flavor to accentuate their soups, vegetables, noodles and fish.
3. Reductionism: Many of us are plant eaters but not ready to give up meat altogether. Reductiontarism means that we reduce our consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs without completely eliminating them. When animal products are on the menu, reducers make them count, opting for premium grass-fed meat and pasture-raised eggs.
4. Hibiscus: The tangy, sweet flavor of hibiscus has a long history in the tea world, and consumers have long recognized its high content of vitamin C. Now, it appears in fruit spreads, yogurts, and drinks that feature high vitamin C content. value its pink tint.
5. Spirits without buzz: The non-alcoholic spirits category saw record growth in Whole Foods stores this year. With millennials and Gen Z embarking on “drysolation” during the pandemic, the trend of sobriety continues.
6. Cereals that give back: Grocery grains have become environmentally friendly, especially those grown with agricultural methods that consider soil health. Kernza, a perennial cereal developed by the sustainable agriculture nonprofit The Land Institute, has a sweet nutty flavor and contributes to nutrient cycling and the overall ecology of the soil. You’ll find it in grains like Cascadian Farm Kernza Flakes with Honey Oat Clusters Cereal and even in beer like Patagonia Provisions Long Root Pale Ale made from Kernza perennial grains.
7. Enter the sunflower seed: Sunflower seeds continue to change snacks in the 21st century, now appearing in crackers, ice cream and cheese.
8. Moringa moment: Moringa is traditionally used as an herbal remedy in India and Africa. The leaves contain a lot of nutrients, and the fast-growing, drought-tolerant trees have been used as a food source to combat malnutrition. Becoming an alternative to matcha in the United States, moringa is now sold as a powder and added to smoothies, sauces, and baked goods.