A Social Practice Cooking Experience in the Homes of NYC Immigrants

What a great idea:

Artist Lisa Gross, who founded the League of Kitchens, acknowledges that each of its workshops starts off a bit awkwardly, as six participants enter an unfamiliar neighborhood and step into a stranger’s home. Yet after five and a half hours of cooking and eating together, all led by an immigrant instructor based on her home country’s traditions, there’s a dynamic cross-cultural experience.

How it works


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Slow news today

SO glad that 2013 is finally bringing some good news to the national food movement.

VERY happy to see my New Orleans colleague (and old boss) Richard McCarthy hired as the new E.D. of Slow Food USA. His background is ideal for the job: born in Germany, raised in New Orleans, he spent his university time in the U.K. with his British grandparents. Since founding Crescent City Farmers Market in 1995, his extensive travel  (I wish I could find the picture of us at Terra Madre 2008 with our overall-wearing Mississippi farmer in tow) and his deep interest in world movements have continued to benefit the US farmers market movement. Honestly, there is no one that fits the SF job better in 2013; they now have a coalition builder, an outstanding visionary and a good guy.

Can’t wait to see what he can do up there.

Link to NYT story

RMC and New Orleans Slow Food Founder Poppy Tooker celebrating the combined Crescent City Farmers Market's 10th birthday (and iconic restaurant Commander's Palace's 105?)

RMC and New Orleans Slow Food Founder Poppy Tooker celebrating (well something else, not this news in this 2006 picture.)


The founder of SF USA, me and RMC at the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans first fundraiser.

The founder of SF USA, me and RMC at the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ first fundraiser.

A Fast Way to Slow Your Thanksgiving – Slow Food USA

Nice idea to educate food buyers during the most artisanal (handmade) food season of the year. Tough quiz though….

A Fast Way to Slow Your Thanksgiving – Slow Food USA.

PA system for markets

One puzzle that I never could figure out at the markets that I ran was how to get a decent event PA system that was not thousands of dollars or too weak to work. This is one I saw someone use a few months back and remembered it when I saw it in a news story this weekend.
Certainly, demonstrating chefs need them (even when they think they don’t!), market managers should wear one when doing small group talks and maybe it’s even something that could be offered to market vendors to do an on the spot demonstration (filleting fish or shucking properly?) or when offering “a health minute” at market….


Fruits We’ ll Never Taste

My own original Slow Food chapter leader (and emerging radio personality) Poppy Tooker coined the phrase “Eat it To Save It” as a way to link human need for good food to awareness of environmental trends. There is no question that if Americans could see, smell and taste what we have lost just in the 20th century as far as foodstuffs, we would have farmers as senators, mayors and presidents once again.

the book, “Salmon Nation People, Fish, and Our Common Home” is a great example of one region’s attempt to clarify what needs to be saved. Put out by a great regional ngo, Ecotrust, Salmon Nation is worth having in your library.
This article is also a great way to think about “untasteable foods.”

Fruits We' ll Never Taste.