This isn't one of my usual stories about people falling in love. It's about Craig Newmark, founder of Craig's List. It's really more about him and his philanthropy, but I couldn't help but thank him and ask what he thinks of being a matchmaker, since he was mine.
Josephine is a food-based startup in Berkeley that has a great vibe about it. I had a great time reporting on this one. I hope they succeed.
I had been reading Jeff Greenwald for years. It was funny to learn that he lives around the corner from me.
I first met Elianna Friedman this summer writing about her for j. weekly. She teaches a summer cooking camp for kids. She's holding a fundraising dinner for the program, which is happening soon and then I reviewed a delicious looking cookbook that informs how to cook with jam with more ideas than I ever could have imagined.
Food waste is an enormous problem in this country. So much wasted and so many people hungry. A few dedicated people and organizations organized an event to call attention to the problem, and I wrote about their efforts here.
I haven't held one of these tasting dinners since spring, since publishers don't do much over the summer. I didn't expect this cookbook would have anything Jewish about it, but how wrong I was. I got to make gefilte tofu, which makes me laugh just saying it. Read about the meal here.
While I was at Sukkot on the Farm recently, we were eating delicious food made by Baruch Schwadron, who has quite an interesting background for a chef. Read about him and his food here.
It may not sound like such a big deal, to those of us who are used to women rabbis, but the hiring of a Maharat is just that, a big deal.
Alix is a personal chef and freelance writer in the SF Bay Area. You can keep up with her writing and cooking here.