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Mission Street Food Reaches Halfway Point in Fundraising; People Are Drinking More Tap Water

• Using Kickstarter, through which many indie musicians have funded albums, Mission Street Food is now halfway to their $10,000 seed money goal for a full-time, non-profit restaurant. [SFoodie, Earlier]

Bi-Rite Creamery's soft-serve window has run into some snags, but they'll be open and offering up free ice cream next week, March 18th. [Tablehopper]

• Celebrate Persian New Year at Zaré at Flytrap. [Food Gal]

• Consumers are drinking more tap water, leading to a bevy of new water filters on the market. [WSJ]

• Long maligned, decaf coffee is finally getting attention from coffee snobs. [NYT]

• Burger King claims that winter storms are to blame for their recent decline in sales. [Salon]

• More and more restaurants are hiring foragers to track down hard-to-find ingredients. [NRN]

• This year's Lifetime Achievement James Beard Award goes to Food & Wine founders Michael and Ariane Batterberry. [Eater]

• Breakfast tacos are huge in Austin. [NYT]

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