Attending a Passover Seder

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As a journalism student at the University of Oklahoma, I was once assigned as homework what would become one of my favorite pastimes later in life: go participate in a cultural or religious ceremony that is outside your realm of experience. For the assignment, I attended my suite mate’s African American Southern Baptist church. It felt … Continue reading

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Food Innovator Awards

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It’s been a crazy week, the sort of week that makes a pregnant woman need to sleep for a week to recover. But I wouldn’t trade one minute of it (OK, I would totally trade the minutes spent scrubbing the bathtub in the house we moved out of, but I digress). We moved from the … Continue reading

Rebuilding the Foodshed, Soil & Human Health — VA Farm-to-Table Conference

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it’s food-and-farms conference season. It’s that time of year when production in the field slows  and farmers huddle inside event centers to discuss best practices and plot their course for the coming years. Did I mention that local farming conferences have some great local food? … Continue reading

My First Food Swap

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As you may know, I was bitten by the canning bug this year. What you may not know is that the logical next step (after hosting a preservation party) is attending a Food Swap. And it’s a great step, perhaps my favorite so far (and certainly better than the peel-50-peaches step). I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

Chefs as Catalysts for Change — Storified

Thoughtful preparations by the thoughtful Chef Jeff Witte at the Airlie Center's Harvest Dinner.

Update: In celebration of Food Day, which is today, here is a compilation of the tweets STORIFIED from Monday’s panel discussion — which went swimmingly! We learned so much from the panelists and keynote speaker Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen. And, for those of you who couldn’t make it, “farm-to-table” is out — isn’t everything … Continue reading

Food, Environment & free tickets to the DC Green Festival

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The Green Festival. It’s like a trade show — for goods and ideas — for the eco-minded (read: lots of free stuff). And it’s coming to DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22. If you’re planning to go and are also into food (Who isn’t these days?), I’ve … Continue reading

Summer’s not over — a few more food events for your calendar

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I just got back from one of the best food-focused events I’ve attended in DC — the farm-to-street party at Union Market — the culmination of a great Eat Local First week. What made it great? In my opinion, it was the focus on local food businesses and the direct access to the entrepreneurs behind … Continue reading

Winter veggie cravings and Farm to Freezer

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Something’s wrong with me. It’s the thick of winter (or at least it was a few days ago, before 70 degrees rolled into Washington this week) and all I want is vegetables. I’m craving them. Perhaps I have a vitamin deficiency, or just a masochistic urge to eat the very thing that is not-so-available this … Continue reading

Highlights: Virginia Farm-to-Table conference

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It took some prodding from an ice cream-making farmer I met for a story, but boy was I glad I decided to attend at least one day of the Virginia Farm-to-Table conference last week. Sure, it was a 3-hour drive to Wyers Cave, Va., but waiting there was a wealth of food story ideas and the people … Continue reading

Foodshed story and National Food Day

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If you live in DC, Virginia or Maryland, go get the first every copy of Foodshed Magazine — formerly Flavor Magazine — and read my story about Brian Walden’s experiment with locally grown grains. He’s thinking big about locally grown, milled and baked breads, brewed beers and black beans. You can also read the story … Continue reading

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