You may have read here, here, or here about the public mud-slinging going back and forth between the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) with regards to contaminated soil the latter was charged with giving out to unknowing local gardeners. The OCA picketed outside Chez Panisse yesterday based on Alice Waters loose ties to the SFPUC: Francesca Vietor, the Executive Director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, is also an SFPUC Commissioner. Well, from a Chez Panisse Foundation press release that went out yesterday, we learn the SFPUC already stopped with the soil hand-outs "directly because of the intervention of Ms. Vietor" and that Waters initially issued a statement calling for safe composting methods in SF (on the OCA’s bidding) and then the OCA “responded by shamelessly misrepresenting her position, repeating false accusations against Francesca Vietor?and announcing a plan to picket Chez Panisse Restaurant.” From the online buzz, you'd think OCA supporters stormed the Gourmet Ghetto yesterday on Chez Panisse's 30th birthday.
But did you know there were only three picketers outside the restaurant? Come on people, if you're going to picket, at least bring your friends along. After all, you can make a day out of it and tell picketer stories over a slice at the Cheeseboard after. The OCA has not yet returned our call for comment.[Eaterwire]
· Activists Target Alice Waters on Sewage Sludge [CBS 5]
· S*@$-Slinging at Chez Panisse [Bits & Bites]
· Alice Waters Demands Apology from Sewage Sludge Protestors [SFoodie]
Alice Waters; Photo credit: Todd Hido