Third Culture Bakery is dropping its controversial ‘Mochi Muffin’ brand at the end of the month


The controversy surrounding Third Culture Bakery and its hold on the “mochi muffin” brand has, it seems, come to an end. On Monday, the company took to instagram to hype “Un-Trademark Day” celebrating the divestiture of the mochi muffin trademark. On September 30, fans can visit any of the stores for a needed mochi muffin without purchase. The company’s announcement, the post reads, comes as the owners learned of the completion of a registration waiver for cancellation on the morning of September 26. Legally speaking, the mark will gradually disappear in the coming weeks.

The post, signed by owners Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu, explains a little more about the reasoning behind the trademark in the first place. “We were originally advised to try and get the mark in 2017 to protect our tiny business from our own big accounts,” the post read. “And have since taken and followed bad advice that ultimately did more harm than good… We take full responsibility for that.”

Indie Chef’s Weekend Event Comes to Oakland

The Independent Chef Community is hosting a weekend-long traveling series of intimate, chef-led dinner parties in Oakland. This year’s theme is “Road to COMMUNE” and the event, hosted by Nelson German, Reem Assil and Casey Rebecca Nunes, runs from September 29 to October 2. More than 24 chefs will cook at Restore Oakland for the three tagged events, including Evan Allumbaugh from Che Fico, Francis Ang from Abaca, Sydney Arkin from Bad Walter’s Bootleg Ice Cream and Geoff Davis from Burdell.

The French Laundry is preparing to welcome real French chefs

Chef Thomas Keller took instagram to let fans know that he (and, once, by Sally Schmitt) famous restaurant The French Laundry will welcome the chefs of the Parisian restaurant La Tour d’Argent from November 14 to 20. Reservations will be available through Tock from October 1.

San Francisco’s Newest Park Announced Its New Lineup Of Providers

The Presidio Trust’s new Presidio Tunnel Tops park will bring 17 new vendors and 20 returning vendors to the sprawling public space starting October 1. SFGATE writes the president, Kabob Trolley, Cochinita, and an extension of the Colibri restaurant, also located in the Presidio, will join the fray.

Where to Find Great Holiday Food in the Bay Area

With Rosh Hashanah ending at sundown tonight and Yom Kippur beginning October 4, there’s a bit more time to get broadcasts and Jewish holidays appropriate for the case in the Bay Area. There’s challah at Jane the Bakery, honey cakes and apple streusel cakes at Noe Valley Bakery, and a plethora of options at Wise Sons Jewish Deli.

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