Daniel is one of the Bay Area's better chefs, most known for his Coi restaurant and provocative writings that challenge those lazy among us who take the local food legends as gospel. Unlike a lot of chefs who use the farmers market as a photo op, Patterson can be found almost any Saturday morning shopping for his restaurant. He has a quick wit and good taste- you can't beat that combination!
Recently he wrote a piece on bison. This is really embarrassing but I had thought the words buffalo and bison were interchangeable. "There’s no such thing as American buffalo. The famously roaming animal is in fact a bison, and not related to any species of buffalo, which are indigenous to Asia and Africa. Bison, a meat animal related to cattle, migrated to North America thousands of years ago across a strip of land that once joined Siberia to Alaska, and eventually settled in the vast, arid prairies of the Midwest, " writes Patterson.
I must have been absent the day the explained this but I'm happy to know now and I'll only use the term bison from this day forward!