In Season NY: Local Pumpkin Beer

This fall, why not skip the Jack (Daniels) in favor of some tasty, fermented Jack O’Lantern? We’ve rounded up a list of local pumpkin beers; enjoy knowing that your dollars are supporting a local producer while you savor a delicious seasonal brew. (Note, breweries marked with a [t] offer tours – check their websites for details.)

First up is Wolavers, our favorite for being local (regional, at least) and brewers of the nation’s first certified organic beer: Continue reading

The Bourbon Red and Other Forgotten Birds For Thanksgiving

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“Jersey Buff.” “American Bronze.” “Bourbon Red.”  No, these aren’t Jersey Shore cast members, they’re names for heritage turkeys — a great option for your Thanksgiving table. Heritage birds roam freely, far from a feedlot, and have higher levels of omega-3s than your typical grocery store brands (as well as less saturated fat and cholesterol). Here are two trusted suppliers: Continue reading

All You Need For Thanksgiving: A Pop-Up CSA

If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner, you’re in luck: Brooklyn non-profit Local Roots NYC is offering a pop-up CSA that will deliver locally sourced ingredients for the big meal straight to your door (assuming your door is in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens). In-person pick-up is also available. Just be sure to sign up by October 28 (that’s next Friday).

Imagine a Thanksgiving meal sourced entirely by farms in Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes. Continue reading

EatNYC and the First National Food Day

We hope you’ll join us next Monday, October 24 at EatNYC, a celebration of local, healthful and sustainable eating featuring over 30 tastings from local restaurants, a keynote by Chef Sandra Lee of the Food Network and much more. Clean Plates is a proud sponsor of the event, which is part of the first national Food Day. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

Hear what Supersize Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has to say about Food Day:

Not in New York? No problem. Just enter your zip code on the Food Day website to find Food Day events near you — or sign up to host your own event.  You can follow discussions about Food Day on Twitter by following the #FoodDay hashtag, and/or by following Food Day sponsor the Center for Science in the Public Interest (@CSPI). There’s also a Food Day Facebook page.

Learn more about the principles behind Food Day.