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Meat Class Itinerary Suggestions

Some of you may remember my Chinese Food 101 class of a couple years back. This year my spring intraterm course is on MEAT! Much of it is mapped out at this point, but I could still use suggestions. I'd love ideas for:

1. Places to visit when I have a ? in the schedule.

2. Someplace to grab lunch on the way to Avedano's from Vacaville. Or should we get sandwiches at Avedano's? Cannot take long -- we are cutting it close on Tuesday. Could do Boccalone at Ferry Building, but we are driving huge, hard to park vans.

3. Quick food between Tomales and Bolinas Friday morning. Food between Bolinas and Oakland on Friday afternoon.

4. Way to squeeze in bacon donuts from Dynamo. Anyone do the reverse commute and feel like delivering donuts to Oakland? It would be great to have them for the drive on Tuesday or Friday.

READING: Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn Niman, plus short magazine/newspaper pieces

Monday, March 29:
9:00 – 11:00 Food Inc. (94 min.)
11:00 – 1:00 Dopo Lunch & Salumi demo (still nailing down date/time)
1:30 – 3:00 History Channel: The Butcher (50 min.)

Tuesday, March 30:
9:00 – 10:30 Soul Food Farm (Vacaville)
Noon – 3:00 Chicken butchery class at Avedano’s in SF (still nailing down time)

Wednesday, March 31:
9:00 – 10:00 Discussion of readings
10:30 Pozole Surtido, Menudo, and Lengua Tacos at Taco Grill
12:00 – 3:00 Sausage Class w/ Ryan Farr at La Cocina

Thursday, April 1:
9:00 – 10:00 ??
10:00 – 1:00 Oliveto—Film, Beef Program, Kitchen Visit, Salumi Demo, Lunch (still nailing down time)
1:00 -- 3:00 ??

Friday, April 2:
9:00 – 10:00 Clark Summit Farm (Tomales)
10:15 Food?
11:00 – 1:00 BN Ranch (Bolinas)
1:00 – 3:00 More food on way back to Oakland? Possibly BBQ at T-Rex?

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  1. Avedano's has great sandwiches. Or go somewhere else you can walk to on Cortland. Based on your syllabus though, on Tuesday, you should be eating chicken.

    No idea where Gooood Fricken Chicken gets its chicken from, but they could have chicken schwarma ready for you, and then you could walk up to Avedano's.

    Have you read Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meats? Maybe you could include a tofu stop or some kind of Chinese Buddhist imitation meat. A stop at Nature's Express after Oliveto? I used to be very fond of Bac-Os.

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    1. re: Windy

      You know, I thought about doing some Buddhist mock meat, and thought Thursday would be perfect because it is April 1st. The only place I know is in Milpitas. Is there anyplace you'd suggest that's in Oakland/Berkeley?

      1. re: lexdevil

        Off the top of my head, I only know places in SF (Shangri La, Joy). But I'm sure someone here will have an idea.

        1. re: lexdevil

          There's a place in Alameda -- Central Vegetarian. There was a place in downtown Oakland where IIRC there was a chowdown once ... ah, Golden Lotus.

      2. For Tuesday, Betty's Bakesale fried chicken sandwiches (also a great brisket sandwich) are kinda on the way- easy parking, pretty close to the freeway.

        Maybe something at Cafe Rouge meat market? Incanto?

        Maybe a simple sausage or hot dog joint??

        1. During lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays, A16 butchers a large whole pig or a whole lamb right in front of customers at the chef's counter. Call ahead to make sure they are doing it this week. I am a bit squeamish, so avoid going there during lunch but a friend of mine loves the "show".

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          1. re: Amy G

            Hmm. I don't think this fits on Thursday, but I wonder if they'd do something with us early on Wednesday before our sausage class...

          2. We're getting closer to our dates, and things are falling into place. I still need a suggestion for a Friday late lunch on our way back to Oakland from Bolinas. Still considering T-Rex, as we don't have any barbecue on our itinerary. Would also consider burgers, as they're also an oversight in our plans. I'm looking for something iconic, convenient (not too far out of our way as we return to school), tasty, humanely & sustainably raised, and not already covered. The updated itinerary is below.

            Monday, March 29:
            9:00 – 11:00 Food Inc. (94 min.)
            11:30 – 1:30 Dopo Lunch & Salumi Tasting(Jon Smulewitz)
            2:00 – 3:00 History Channel: The Butcher (50 min.)
            6:30 Goat butchering and cooking demo at Café Rouge (http://www.caferouge.net/classes.htm

            )

            Tuesday, March 30:
            9:00 – 10:30 Soul Food Farm (Vacaville)
            Noon – 3:00 Chicken butchery class at Avedano’s in SF (lunch = sandwiches from Avedano's)

            Wednesday, March 31:
            9:00 – 10:00 Discussion of readings
            10:30 Pozole and Lengua Tacos at Taco Grill
            12:00 – 3:00 Sausage Class w/ Ryan Farr at La Cocina

            Thursday, April 1:
            9:00 – 10:00 Discussion
            10:30 – 2:30 Oliveto—Film, Beef Program, Kitchen Visit, Salumi Demo, Lunch

            Friday, April 2:
            9:00 – 10:00 Clark Summit Farm (Tomales)
            11:00 – 1:00 BN Ranch (Bolinas)

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            1. re: lexdevil

              T-Rex seems like a good fit. A pile of spareribs is pretty iconic.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I've been pretty certain from jump that we'd end up at T-Rex, but I wanted to make sure it was our best option. I think I'm going to have to serve the kids Lipitor for dessert...what a week!