GO MONDAY: Chefs as Catalysts for Change 2015

Food Day

You know it’s fall in Washington, D.C., when there’s a panel discussion every afternoon and a new restaurant opening (or reopening) every night of the week. It’s our annual, pre-hibernation fall fest, and we do it well. Still, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be this time of year, when the leaves tempt us with their … Continue reading

Off to the Expo…

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Early this summer, I was moping a bit about how our every-other-summer overseas trip was not likely to happen. Last summer, I was too pregnant to justify a 10-hour flight somewhere (or so the doc said), and this summer was getting away from us quickly. There’s the we-have-a-10-month-old thing, which is entertainment enough to never … Continue reading

Curbing food waste (convictions) on the home front


I often come home from interviewing a farmer or a chef or an environmentalist of some stripe and find myself convicted about where my food is coming from, how I’m cooking it and its impact on the world. As a writer, I don’t necessarily have to act on these convictions. If I acted on every one … Continue reading

Must-attend food conferences and a very merry December


It’s beginning to look a lot like… the busiest month of the year. And, suddenly, Christmas is a week away! Maybe it was the late Thanksgiving that allowed this holiday to sneak up on me especially fast (Or the precious three-month-old I have at home. Yeah, let’s blame her.) I hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous … Continue reading

The Faces Behind our Food: A New Project


It’s been a busy summer, y’all. For kids, in Virginia at least, it has only just begun. But, as I look out my window and watch the fireflies light up my yard at dusk — and think of how stinkin’ hot it was today — I’m reminded it’s in full swing. So, I guess you could … Continue reading

A celebrity dietician’s take on D.C.’s food scene

Ashley Koff

Ashley Koff is about as famous as a dietician gets. She coined the now widely used phrase “qualitarian” to describe a diet focused on the best of what’s available rather than strict adherence to a set of food rules (although she adheres to a somewhat pescetarian regimen herself). She publishes on her website a popular AKA … Continue reading

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

Fish, food rules & pregnancy

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Last week, I had the pleasure of hanging out at this super innovative fish farm and research facility for a half-day. Well, it would have been more of a pleasure had it not smelled like fish… and had I not been four months pregnant. But I’ve gotten really good at not breathing through my nose these days, so … Continue reading

Food Innovator Awards


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

Crosscountry Christmas (& a book worth reading)


After driving from Virginia to Kansas (a mere 20-hour, two-day excursion) to drop off the dog at “grandmas,” then flying to El Paso, Texas, for my brother-in-law’s wedding, then back to Kansas, then driving back to…. well you get the point. ‘Twas a lovely wedding though…   And a lovely Christmas! We’re back in Virginia … Continue reading


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