Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 183 April / May 2017 Peninsula Macrobiotic Community
 

Welcome
to the
Newsletter
of the
Peninsula Macrobiotic Community
in Palo Alto,
California!

For information on our organization, click on About Us

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     Join the fun at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto

 
 
How do I attend the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners?
 
Reservations Requested
Call 650 599-3320 by
Monday 9:30 AM.
Every Monday, 6:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto
305 North California Avenue
at Bryant (map)
1/4 mile East of Alma
Sit Down or Take-out, $18
Community Dinners since 1987
Chef Gary Alinder and other chefs
 
Open to everyone. Communal seating--new people easily integrate into our friendly group, which includes many singles. Make new friends on Mondays!

   
 
Coming Events
 
Monday, April 10
No Dinner, First Day of Passover
 
Monday, May 1
During and after dinner, Vocalist Izumi Hayakawa, Guitarist Geoff Van Lienden, and Bassist Carlos Ramirez perform Jazz and Bossa Nova!
 
Scheduling of events in April and May has been delayed; event listings will appear here as they are scheduled.
   
 
News and Announcements
May 8 dinner canceled: the Board of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community and the Dinner Manager decided to cancel the May 8 dinner. Operation of the Monday dinners is suspended; issues including safety in the kitchen need to be resolved. Any news on the possible resumption of the dinners will appear in this News and Announcements section.

Dinner will not be served on April 10, the first day of Passover.






Reservations are requested for the Monday dinner. To reserve, call 650 599-3320 by Monday 9:30 am (to bypass the message, press "#"). You can also reserve online through our Meetup group. For the dinner location, see the information box to the left.

Connect with Our Community
Email List: To be added to an email list for notifications of newsletter updates (every two months) and other events,

Meetup Group: Join our Meetup group or http://peninsulamacro.org/meetup to make dinner reservations online and receive weekly reminders!

Facebook: Visit and like our Facebook page, The Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto or http://peninsulamacro.org/facebook!

Slideshow: View a slideshow of the Monday Dinners and other activities of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community!

Social: Make a date with a friend to meet at a Monday Dinner, or come by yourself and make new friends! Either way, you'll get a great meal and a lot more--everyone wins!

Climate Change: Concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and the health of the planet? One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to choose locally grown, vegetarian foods. Try it out at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto (where the food is actually vegan, even better)!
Annual Fundraising Drive, Peninsula Macrobiotic Community
Every Monday night, a collaborative miracle takes place in Palo Alto! Besides healthful and delicious food, each Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner provides networking in a vibrant community, support for those seeking a healthier lifestyle or dealing with a serious condition, education in macrobiotic and other health areas, and a firsthand taste of The Great (Macro) Life (Biotic). We have found a formula which has produced magic for 29-1/2 years now!

Your help is needed to support our organization, as the money we take in at the door does not cover all of our expenses. Donations to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community (PMC) are accepted in any amount, and are applied to food costs, a large, required insurance payment, and other operating expenses. Donations are tax-deductible, as the PMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Ways to contribute:
  • cash (please write your name on the contribution envelope)
  • check (payable to "Peninsula Macrobiotic Community")
  • online using a credit card or Paypal account (incurs a service charge), click on the Donate button below
Peninsula Macrobiotic Community
Fundraising

c/o Gerard T. Lum
101 E. Middlefield Road #9
Mountain View, CA 94043-3864
Delivery methods:
  • at the Monday Dinner, enclose your cash or check in a contribution envelope and deposit it in the fundraising box near the entrance
  • mail to the address in the box at right
  • contribute online using a credit card or Paypal account (incurs a service charge), click on the Donate button below
   
 
Eastern Favorites
 
Chef Shinobeau McConney
April 3, 2017
$18
 
Wakame and Mushrooms Miso Soup

Japanese Vegetable Curry

Minty Jasmine Rice

Gluten-Free Samosa

Delicious Detox Daikon Salad with Greens

Strawberry Amazake Pudding

Detox Burdock Root with Cinnamon Tea

Gluten-Free

More Dinner Menus...

 

French Meadows Summer Camp
The 2017 French Meadows Summer Camp (the 48th annual) will take place July 15-22 at Camp Sylvester in Pinecrest, CA, in the Stanislaus National Forest. The camp will be run by new camp director Jeanne Grosset and a new organization, the Vegetarian Educational Institute, whose board members are Jean Richardson, Michael Brown, and Sean Braniff. The new group aims to continue the long traditions of camp. See their website for complete information, http://happyhealthyretreats.com.

The 2016 camp was the last run by longtime camp director Carl Ferré and the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation. Carl will continue with publishing and other activities of G.O.M.F.

Camp Sylvester features meeting halls, commercial grade kitchens, a lighted amphitheater, team sports areas, cabin accomodations with electrical outlets, tent space, restrooms, and showers. Near Pinecrest Lake, recreational activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, bicycle rentals, and more.

Though the location has changed, the powerful spirit of the camp, nurtured and developed over many years at the old French Meadows location in the Tahoe National Forest, will carry on. The summer camp is both a superb vacation and ome of the best macrobiotic gatherings anywhere in the world.

Chef Gary Alinder's Blog: The MacroChef
Chef Gary Alinder has started a blog, The MacroChef, at http://macrochef.wordpress.com. Tune into Gary's views on a variety of subjects including food and health, and leave your comments! He has also posted a recipe archive which includes soups; main dishes; sauces, gravies, and dressings; and desserts and snacks.

Monthly Macrobiotic Potluck in Santa Rosa
The North Bay Macrobiotic Potluck Group usually meets the first Sunday of each month in Santa Rosa, contact Stephen Starkweather ( ), 707 542-9739, http://www.northbaymacro.org.  
Cooking and Classes
Michael Bauce and Marta Serda prepare takeout macrobiotic meals on Friday nights, pick up from 5-6:30 PM in Berkeley. All meals are home-cooked and macrobiotic using locally sourced and organic food. For information or to order, email Michael () . For upcoming menus, visit the Berkeley Organic Meals Facebook page, and for Michael's blog, visit http://berkeleymacrobiotics.blogspot.com.

Patricia Becker provides one-on-one yoga sessions and diet coaching tailored to your unique needs. Practice yoga with Patricia anytime on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/YourHealthandJoyPaloAlto. Learn more at http://www.YourHealthandJoy.com or call 650 285-1867.

Meredith McCarty, Certified Diet Counselor and Nutrition Educator based in Marin, teaches cooking classes, lectures on health topics, and does nutritional counseling. To register for the events in Mill Valley or Larkspur listed below, please visit http://www.marinlearn.com or call (415) 945-3730. For events in Tiburon, call 415 435-4355.
  • April 25 Cooking Class: Healing Cuisine for Springtime, Tuesday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 PM, $50, Redwood High School 120/Staff Lounge, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA 94939. To register, call 415 945-3730.
  • April 27 Lecture: Healing Cuisine, Thursday, April 27, 6:30-8:00 PM, $29, TAM High, Miller Ave. at Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA, Wood Hall 151. To register, call 415 945-3730.
  • May 23 Cooking Class: Great Tempeh Dishes: How & Why to Replace Chicken in your Diet, Tuesday, May 23, 6:30-8:30 PM, $50, Redwood High School 120/Staff Lounge, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA 94939. To register, call 415 945-3730.
  • May 25 Lecture: Diabetes: Eating Well for Prevention & Recovery, Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8:00 PM, $29, TAM High, Miller Ave. at Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA, Wood Hall 151. To register, call 415 945-3730.
For information on Meredith's activities, visit http://healingcuisine.com or call 415 272-5525.

Chef Laura Stec offers free events including cooking demos and a cooking class; for details, visit http://laurastec.com/upcoming-events.

Meredith McCarty speaks to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community.
Meredith McCarty speaks to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community.
After-Dinner Events
Scheduling of events in April and May has been delayed; event listings will appear here as they are scheduled. Speakers/performers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

May 1
During and after the Under the Tuscany Sun dinner, Vocalist Izumi Hayakawa, Guitarist Geoff Van Lienden, and Bassist Carlos Ramirez will perform Jazz and Bossa Nova! Download a flyer. Visit Izumi's website http://www.izumihayakawa.com.

Following are photographs of recent events.

Gary Breitbard and Nancy Cassidy perform at the Monday dinner on February 13.
Gary Breitbard and Nancy Cassidy perform at the Monday dinner on February 13.

Jazz Singer Izumi Hayakawa and Pianist Keith Saunders perform at the Monday dinner on March 6.
Jazz Singer Izumi Hayakawa and Pianist Keith Saunders perform at the Monday dinner on March 6.

Chef Laura Stec (center) and her cooking class Exploration of a Sauce - Macrobiotics on March 27.
Chef Laura Stec (center) and her cooking class Exploration of a Sauce - Macrobiotics on March 27.
 
Mango Pudding
Mango Pudding
This healthy dessert was served at the Monday dinner on February 27.

Yield: 4-5 servings

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of pureed fresh mango
  • 1/3 cup of agave nectar
  • 1/2 can (400 ml or 13.5 fluid ounces) of unsweetened organic coconut milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 TBS of kuzu
  • 1/2 cup of chia seed
Directions:
  1. In a saucepan, combine the coconut milk, water, agave nectar, and bring to a boil.
  2. Then, add 1 TBS of kuzu that is mixed with 1 TBS of water until the mixture thickens slightly. (Please make sure kuzu powder is well combined with water before you add into the saucepan.)
  3. Once mixture thickens, turn off the heat and wait until it cools down.
  4. In a bowl, place the mango puree and add the mixture and chia seeds.
  5. Mix well and paddle the pudding into individual glasses and store in the refrigerator.
The Medicinal Benefits of Kuzu

The root of the kuzu plant, a member of the legume family, is prized in Oriental Medicine as the traditional medicine of choice for digestive, and many other disorders, and as a premier cooking starch / thickener. It has been part of the cuisine of China and Japan for more than 2000 years! The very starch that makes kuzu an outstanding jelling and thickening agent in cooking is also responsible for its medicinal action. Kuzu's complex starch molecules are able to enter the intestines and relieve over acidity, bacterial infection, and excess water / bloating, and relieve abdominal aching and intestinal irritation. Kuzu also contains a high concentration of naturally occurring plant flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that have the ability to inhibit the contraction of smooth muscle, thereby increasing blood flow to, and relieve cramping in, the intestines. These flavonoids give kuzu its strong medicinal / healing effect on both the digestive and circulatory systems.

by Chef Shinobeau McConney
For more about Chef Shinobeau and her activities, visit her website http://wanowa.weebly.com/alternative-medicine. She will cook the Monday dinner on April 3.  
Community Connection
From The Editor
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Mailing List Policy: The newsletter and dinner menus are no longer sent by postal mail; the last issue mailed was October/November 2012, No. 156.

Tax-Deductible Contributions: We welcome and can use additional contributions to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, as income from the Dinners does not pay all of our expenses. We are a nonprofit organization, so additional contributions are fully tax-deductible. Donate online by clicking on the button in News and Announcements, or write checks to "Peninsula Macrobiotic Community", and mail to Gerard Lum, 101 E. Middlefield Road #9, Mountain View, CA 94043, 650 903-0447.

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