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 […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Those lesser known soy ‘offal’

We all know about the leading characters created by the humble soy bean, tofu, soymilk and edamame. But from the seeds of Glycine max,  we also derive okara and yuba along with shoyu, miso and aburaage. In some cases, it almost seems like these products are the unacknowledged children of soybeans, the offal. The Offal […]

Third annual Northern Calif. Soy and Tofu Fest a hit

The Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival held its third annual event June 1 in San Francisco’s Japantown, focusing on educating attendees about the versatility of soy and tofu products. While promoting a healthy lifestyle by featuring food vendors like Hodo Soy Beanery, Rau Om and cruncha ma-me, the event also highlighted the use of […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: If at first you don’t succeed, soy again

After consuming countless blocks of tofu with shoyu or downing little cubes of tofu in your miso soup, you’ve probably lost interest in adding tofu or other soy products back into your regular diet. I don’t blame you. Tofu doesn’t look exciting. Plain tofu doesn’t really taste exciting. It’s just a non-descript wiggly mass of […]

Baking a new recipe for journalism

You’ve heard of biofuels, but how about a newspaper that runs on tofu? That’s the groundbreaking experiment being conducted by the Nichi Bei Weekly, a modest, yet historically significant newspaper that serves the Japanese American community in Northern California. On June 2, in San Francisco’s Japantown, the newspaper’s staff and a host of volunteers will […]

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