Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival rocks the cathedral

Celebrating the “joy of soy,” the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival took over The Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral June 4 to celebrate the versatile soy bean and all its applications. This year marked the sixth year the Nichi Bei Foundation held its festival and fundraiser, featuring entertainment, food and fun for the […]

Soy and Tofu Fest at new venue June 4

Major changes are in store for the sixth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, which will be held Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a new venue: The Event Center at Saint Mary’s Center, 1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard) in San Francisco’s Japantown. It will feature live entertainment, soy- […]


About two weeks ago, one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious, BBQ contests concluded its annual competition in Memphis, Tenn. with anywhere from 40 to 120 teams competing to produce the ultimate BBQ concoction. While categories in beef, poultry, seafood and various sauces are judged, undoubtedly the most prestigious awards are in […]

LETTERS: A salute to Sacramento Tofu

Editor’s Note: The following comment was posted on in response to the article entitled “END OF AN ERA: Sacramento Tofu Company closes after 68 years,” which was published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. So sorry to see Sacramento Tofu go. As a fellow tofu maker, I understand the hard […]

END OF AN ERA: Sacramento Tofu Company closes after 68 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After 68 years in business, rising from the aftermath of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II, the Sacramento Tofu Company officially closed its doors on Nov. 30. Owner Alvin Kunishi, 71, and his wife Dorothy, who helped handle the book work, entered retirement and handed over their keys to Hodo […]

Five years of soy, five years of joy at Soy and Tofu Fest

Under the auspices of relatively warm weather, the fifth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival celebrated everything and anything related to the “almighty soy bean” at the San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza and Buchanan Mall June 6. The annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation invited attendees to learn about the versatility of the […]

2015 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

The fifth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza and Buchanan Mall, Post at Buchanan streets. It will feature various soy-related vendors, free samples, an educational component highlighting the various uses of soy, live performances, audience […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The wonderful curdled soy

It’s that time of year again, the annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, where you can discover the joy of soy! On top of the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition, live musical performances and soy and tofu vendors offering free samples, you’ll probably run into the city’s reigning Cherry Blossom Queen and her court. […]

Tofu company agrees to injunction requiring it to cease operations until it improves sanitation

The owners of a San Francisco tofu company agreed in a consent decree filed in federal court Feb. 10 to cease operations until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determines the company is selling clean and sanitary food. The consent decree concerning the Fong Kee Tofu Co. Inc. was filed in the court of U.S. […]

Nonprofit celebrates the joy of soy, builds community, at annual fundraiser in S.F.’s Japantown

Sweets, dancing and flying tofu graced the Peace Plaza June 7 during the Nichi Bei Foundation’s fourth annual Soy and Tofu Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown. The event, celebrating “the joy of soy,” is a fundraiser for the nonprofit that invited the San Francisco Bay Area’s gourmands and health conscious alike to sample and buy […]

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