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Pampered Backyard Chickens Become Silicon Valley Status Symbol

And the Oscar for best SF food cameo goes to....

Backyard Chicken Farming In Urban Areas Gains In Popularity Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Silicon Valley seeks golden egg

A brood of heritage breed chickens in a climate-controlled coop is Silicon Valley’s new Tesla in the garage, or so The Washington Post writes. And rather than opt for typically $35 birds, the wealthier set is happy to spend $350 for rarer breeds, to be kept in the proper Williams-Sonoma model coop. The apparently laughable irony — that Silicon Valley tech types are taking their nerdy and expensive approach to a hobby that’s supposed to be humble — is at least a bit better than stocking up on jets or boats. Those typically depreciate in value, and with chickens, the return on investment is much tastier.

The Oscar in spelling goes to...

Food writer Helen Rosner spell-checked Bouchon Bakery’s Vanity Fair Oscars party favors, and found that Jordan Peele, who came away with the award for best original screenplay, had his name misspelled as Jordan Pelle. The Thomas Keller-owned bakery regrets the error, surely — though it’s hardly the most egregious in Oscar history.

Plus an Oscar cameo from an SF doughnut shop

Speaking of the awards last night, Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington’s character in the film Roman J. Israel, Esq can be seen onscreen ordering at Johnny’s Doughnuts doughnut truck. The business, which has a storefront in Hayes Valley, was celebrating this weekend with a maple bacon brûlée doughnut inspired by the film. Roll the clip!

Roman J Israel Esq and Johnny Doughnuts

The Johnny Doughnuts Team would like to congratulate Denzel Washington on his Golden Globe nomination. Good Luck tonight, it was an honor to be a part of this great film! Cheers! #denzelwasington #johnnydoughnuts #romanjisraelesq #johnnydoughnutsla #doughnutsvenicebeach

Posted by Johnny Doughnuts on Sunday, January 7, 2018

International Smoke wins Cochon 555

Despite Ayesha Curry’s absence from the roaming pork festival Cochon 555 — she was scheduled to be there, but is pregnant and on bed rest — her restaurant, International Smoke, was voted the competition’s winner. Head chef Jeremy McMillan took home first prize in the voting, performing valiantly even without Curry by his side.