Chefs as Catalysts for Change — Storified

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

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

Winter veggie cravings and Farm to Freezer

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

How to eat like a king whilst camping

Oh, the Great Outdoors. Something about being outside makes me… hungry. And I think I’m not alone, seeing as our party of a dozen folks and a baby had exchanged almost 50 emails Re: “What shall we eat?” before we embarked on our trip to Shenandoah National Park this past weekend. As much as food … Continue reading

Think about clean: cleaning products that are harmful to your health — and don’t tell you

The Environmental Working Group — creators of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists of pesticides in produce — released this morning another exhaustive guide to healthy and green living… this time regarding that bucket o’ cleaning supplies in your home. Duh, duh, duh… Does anyone else know, without even looking, that they’re probably guilty of haphazard … Continue reading

The new balanced diet: prioritizing nutrition, cost and foodie concerns

The title of a new report by the Environmental Working Group could very well be my grocery shopping mantra: “Good Food on a Tight Budget.” But my favorite part about this new report, which features all sorts of user-friendly food tips and recipes, is that it attempts to make “good food” accessible to more people through a … Continue reading

Do GMOs have a role in the next food frontier?

There is no shortage of discussion topics emerging from Josh Schonwald’s relatively new book The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food. If arugula can replace romaine, then what, pray tell, is the salad of the future?  Could meat made in a lab instead of a cow be a good thing? What is … Continue reading

Camp Lejeune: lessons on breast cancer and drinking water

Ever heard of Camp Lejeune? It’s a Marine Corps base in North Carolina whose polluted water proved to be the source of myriad health issues for a generation of military families stationed there — families who got a bit of closure this week. Notably, about 80 Marine males that spent time at the base have … Continue reading

East vs. West: waterwise

I’ll start my premier post with one of the food-oriented observations that has been bubbling up in my brain since we moved to the DC area from north of Seattle (to be specific, from Anacortes to Alexandria). Though I lived over an hour outside of Seattle, I spent enough time there to draw some cursory … Continue reading