INDULGE IN ORGANIC FARE AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Visitors can sample local foods and wines in April and May

SAN FRANCISCO (February 28, 2006) – Lick your lips and loosen your belts - the California Academy of Sciences is treating visitors to a variety of food and wine tastings in April and May. In conjunction with its current exhibit HOTSPOT: California on the Edge, which focuses on the state’s biodiversity and abundant natural wonders, the Academy is inviting local vendors to showcase the wide array of food grown in or made on the fertile soils of California . Best of all, many of the vendors support organic practices, meaning their ingredients were grown without the aid of synthetic hormones or harmful fertilizers and pesticides. Organic food not only exhibits a healthy, natural taste, but also prevents chemical runoff and other toxic byproducts from harming the environment.

In April, sample luxury artisan chocolates from San Francisco-based Cacao Anasa (April 7), enjoy the savory pairing of Jacob’s Farm produce and Trentadue gold-medal wines (April 13), or try a selection of healthy energy bars from Clif Bar (April 14-15). If variety is the spice of your life, be sure to shop at the special Farmer’s Market (April 23), where four different vendors purvey their organic goods as part of the Academy’s Earth Day celebration. The mouth-watering fun continues in May, with Whole Foods Market pairing with wine from Rosenblum Cellars (May 5) and Frey Vineyards (May 26), and Love More Gourmet providing decadent, hand-rolled truffles (May 12).

For sumptuous fare that will excite your taste buds as well as help protect the California hotspot, there’s no better place to visit this spring than the California Academy of Sciences. All programs are free with museum admission.

Calendar and Food Editors Please Note:

CACAO ANASA CHOCOLATE
Friday, April 7 from 3 - 5 pm
Sample luxury artisan chocolates from up-and-coming San Francisco-based Cacao Anasa, known for its fine ingredients, craftsmanship, and exotic blends. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

JACOB’S FARM & TRENTADUE WINERY
Thursday, April 13 from 3 - 5 pm
What complements organic produce and herbs from Jacob’s Farm? Gold-medal wines from Trentadue. Enjoy both at this savory and sumptuous tasting. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

CLIF BAR
Friday, April 14 from 3 - 5 pm
Saturday, April 15 from 2 - 4 pm
Let Clif Bar show you how delicious a healthy boost can be. On April 14, sample the latest Nectar Bar and other select bars. On April 15, try the kids-friendly Z Bar, which is healthy and encourages lots of play. After the tasting, pick up information about Bay Area attractions where you can use your newfound energy. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

FARMER’S MARKET
Sunday, April 23 from 12 - 3 pm
Celebrate Earth Day and satisfy your stomach at the same time! Shop the Academy’s special Farmer’s Market, and learn how choosing organic foods can help save the Earth. Visit Frey Vineyards, Ploughshare Nursery, Love More Gourmet, and Jacob’s Farm. And be good to the environment by bringing in portable items you were planning to throw out (like clothes and electronics) – EcoHaul will donate or recycle them for you.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

WHOLE FOODS & ROSENBLUM CELLARS
Friday, May 5 from 3 - 5 pm
Pair healthy organic treats from Whole Foods with award-winning Zinfandels and Syrahs from Rosenblum Cellars. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

TRUFFLES BY LOVE MORE GOURMET
Friday, May 12 from 3 - 5 pm
Sample sumptuous hand-rolled truffles from Love More Gourmet to experience the decadent side of sustainable, organic food. Featured flavors include divinely dark, agave, and maple sweetened. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

WHOLE FOODS & FREY VINEYARDS
Friday, May 26 from 3 - 5 pm
Sample organic treats from Whole Foods and then wash them down with a sip of Frey Vineyards’ award-winning organic wine. Free with museum admission.
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org.

 

The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $7 for adults, $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. www.calacademy.org (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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