From an Oliveto press release:
Oliveto presents It’s Complicated: A Series of Conversations About Eating, Cooking, and the Politics of Food, beginning June 9 with “Our Local Seas: A Comeback Story.”
The forum will be followed by four celebratory nights during Oliveto’s 11th Annual Oceanic Dinners held June 12 through June 15, 2012.
What: Oliveto owners Bob and Maggie Klein and Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel are pleased to announce It’s Complicated, a series of conversations about eating, cooking and the politics of food, aimed at going just beyond the quick-take, 140 character understanding of complex food-system issues.
To kick off the series, Oliveto is hosting a panel on Saturday, June 9, “Our Local Seas: A Comeback Story,” discussing the state of our local seas. Despite the dire conditions of fisheries in most parts of the world, many of the fisheries of our northern Pacific coast are in a different condition. Here, the past 30 years of regulation and good stewardship of several of our local fisheries are bringing about a turn-around of some fish populations. Fishermen and scientists alike are seeing stable fisheries and increasing numbers of white sea bass, halibut, petrale sole, yellowtail jack, albacore, herring, some rock cods, and squid and predict an improving future for those and other local species.
It’s a great emerging local success story, and Oliveto’s It’s Complicated will present how it came about and what needs to be done to secure and expand its success. Ed Tavasieff, local small-boat hook-and-line fisherman, Ed Ueber, former superintendent of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, Tom Worthington of Monterey Fish, and others, will tell the story.
Following the forum, Chef Rhodehamel will present Oliveto’s 11th Annual Oceanic Dinners June 12 through June 15 — four nights of extraordinary seafood dinners which will include reprises of historic San Francisco seafood grill treasures, along with other dishes, some down-home, some more elevated like Crab Louie, Hog Island Oyster Po’Boys, and SandDabs stuffed with local spot shrimp.
When: Saturday, June 9, 2–3:30 p.m.
Where: Oliveto Café and Restaurant, 5655 College Ave. (at Shafter Avenue), Oakland, CA 94618. 510-547-5356
Reservations: Tickets for the panel on June 9 are $10 per person and can be purchased at http://ourlocalseas.eventbrite.com/; space is limited, but tickets were still available early Saaturday morning.
Details: Future It’s Complicated events include:
June 17, 2012 – Building a Local Grain Economy, a Kitchen Table Talks (project of Civil Eats and 18 Reasons) hosted by Oliveto. Panelists include Doug Mosel, farmer, founder of the Mendocino Gran Project; Craig Ponsford, Master Baker, founder of Artisan Bakery; and Bob Klein, founder of Community Grains. For tickets, please visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event
Sept. 8, 2012 – Grass-Fed Beef with our friends at the Local Butcher Shop, Mac Magruder, Michael Pollan, Kathryn Quanbeck & Jonah Rhodehamel. Tickets for the Grass-Fed Beef forum will be available in mid-August.