Wednesday, January 27, 2010

draft menu for 2.4.10

the months of preparation are coming together!  I had a lovely time visiting our kind farmer-donors once again this morning, sampling the fruits of the season (California is amazing), and calculating bulk quantities with our fabulous head chef, Pauly Plotkin (herb'n palate supper club).  Maybe I can entice those of you who are on the fence about attending our 2.4 dinner theater fund raiser with a rough sketch of the menu:

Antipasti marinated mushrooms, roasted red and yellow peppers, olives, cheeses, etc.
Potato Soup with wild-harvested mushrooms (thanks Pauly!)
Rabbit and Rooster or Vegetable Ragout with creamy polenta and side vegetable
Salad with blood oranges and candied walnuts
Apple Cake
homemade Pistelles with candy-cap mushroom dust (tastes like maple sugar!)

visit the link in the left column to buy your tickets!  see you there!  We look forward to pleasing your pallets!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Media on the Inside

Inside Story: Prison media (click to view)
More than a dozen small-scale, prisoner-produced magazines are written, edited, published and distributed within British prisons today....
An article from the UK's Independent...


A blip from a guide book: 
Alcatraz, the Rock, 25 acres in size, is set in cold gray waters 1-1/4 mile from San Francisco. Even when it's hot in San Jose or Oakland, the cold winds across the rock never stop. It is truly a place of punishment, meant for the irredeemable.
And from Merriam-Webster..

Main Entry: re·deem
Pronunciation: \ri-ˈdēm\
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English redemen, from Anglo-French redemer, modification of Latin redimere, from re-, red- re- + emere to take, buy; akin to Lithuanian imti to take
Date: 15th century
1 a : to buy back :repurchase b : to get or win back
2 : to free from what distresses or harms: as a : to free from captivity by payment of ransom b : to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental c : to release from blame or debt : clear d : to free from the consequences of sin
3 : to change for the better : reform
4 : repair, restore
5 a : to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby b (1) : to remove the obligation of by payment 2) : to exchange for something of value trading stamps> c : to make good : fulfill
6 a : to atone for : expiate b (1) : to offset the bad effect of (2) : to make worthwhile : retrieve

A societal construct of redemption.
What does it mean to us? What does it mean to label a person as irredeemable?
What does redemption look like?

Friday, January 22, 2010

San Quentin on This American Life

Prisons. Right across the bay is San Quentin. And, so the dialogue diversifies - being not only about Alcatraz but about incarceration across the state. This American Life brings a suspenseful, tear-jerking story of a man right across the Bay.

The tag line for the episode : "Stories of people betting on something with very bad odds, mostly because they have no other choice.",  and was forwarded to us in the Prison University Project Newsletter. For more info on the amazing organization, PUP,  or to sign up for their newsletter please check out their website: Prison University Project

25 to life with chance of parole. This is the sentence given to Don Crock, an inmate who committed first degree murder in the 1980's. A drug riddled burglary gone wrong and in a matter of seconds, 25 year old Don Crock had become a felon. At the time of recording Mr. Crock was 52 and, with a spotless record for his time served,  had been deemed by the parole board fit for parole. Here is where the bad odds come in - as written in the story's description:
Act One. Hasta La Vista, Maybe.  In California, Maryland and Oklahoma, the governors can overrule parole boards' decisions to free prisoners serving life sentences. In all three states this has evolved to the point where very few prisoners get released.  For years Nancy Mullane followed the case of Don Cronk in San Quentin Prison, to see what would happen as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reviewed his case. Though Cronk knew the odds were against him, he found it hard to stop himself from believing he'd get out.

An amazing story. Something to get the wheels turning.  Do we as a society believe in redemption?
Thank you to PUP and This American Life. A story for a rainy San Francisco afternoon... grateful to be living out in the world.

Click here to listen:

This American Life, Episode 398: Long Shot