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The Art Institute of California—San Francisco Culinary Students to Learn Sustainability and Seasonal Cooking through Partnership with Local Farms

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(SAN FRANCISCO, CA January 27, 2012) The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco has formed a partnership with Heart of the City Farmers Market (HOTCFM) and three local family farms to source seasonal produce for the student-run restaurant Bistro 10UN.

The effort is coordinated between HOTCFM and The Art Institute of California—San Francisco Culinary Arts Academic Director Mark Davis.  The three farms providing fresh fruits and vegetables are Mellow Nursery and Farm, Schletewitz Family Farm and Avila Farm.

“As a chef, you always want to work with the freshest ingredients available,” said Chef Davis.  “There is nothing better than sourcing your local farm and picking up produce that was just harvested.  We look forward to this partnership and hope the community will visit our restaurant to enjoy the new seasonal meals we will be preparing with these ingredients.”

There are many benefits to sustainable cooking including improved health, because food that is in season is at the peak of nutrition, and improving the environment, added Chef Davis.

Students in the advanced “a la carte” course who work at Bistro 10UN prepare a diverse menu each quarter and will feature items this winter such as Fairytale Squash, Blood Oranges, Burano Kale and Organic Leeks. The restaurant is open to the public for lunch every Thursday and Friday through March 16, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The restaurant only operates during school sessions.  Reservations are recommended by calling 415.276.4048.

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About Heart of the City Farmers Market
Heart of the City Farmers Market -- a farmer-run, non-profit farmers market serving San Francisco's poorest neighborhood -- operates year-round on Sundays and Wednesdays in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza above the Civic Center BART station.  The market was started 30 years ago by a group of concerned neighborhood residents who wanted to make fresh produce available in a low-income "food desert" that to this day lacks a grocery store. Over 75% of food stamps (now known as Calfresh EBT) used at San Francisco farmers markets are used at Heart of the City.  The organization is a unique independent farmers market model that is run by the farmers who sell at the market rather than by an outside farmers market association.  To keep stall fees low so prices stay affordable for this low-income community, the market operates on a shoestring budget and is fondly known as "The People's Market" for its grassroots, family feel.  The market directly supports small-scale farming by keeping stall fees nearly 50% lower than other markets and promotes healthy eating by reaching out to the surrounding low-income neighborhood through their "Healthy Heart of the City" nutrition education campaign. Since the market’s first day in 1981, the Heart of the City team has been committed to their mission of helping to create a healthy heart of the city.  For more information about the market, visit or find us on Facebook.

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