Serve it Forth: An M.F.K. Fisher Dinner with Tamar Adler

What: An M.F.K. Fisher-inspired dinner prepared by Tamar Adler, with a book signing and panel discussion with Ruth Reichl, Merrill Stubbs and Amanda Hesser of Food52, Gerry Marzorati, and Bubby’s owner Ron Silver

When: Thursday, June 28; panel discussion at 6pm, dinner 7-9pm

Where: Bubby’s, 120 Hudson Street, New York

How Much: Tickets for the dinner are $70 (selling out fast!), and the panel discussion is free and open to the public

Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher’s elegant, sensuous prose elevated food writing to an art form. In many ways, she might be considered the first American advocate of slow food, rejecting convenience in favor of thoughtfulness in cooking and selecting ingredients. Today’s biggest names in the genre count her as an influence: Ruth Reichl, Tamar Adler, Amanda Hesser, Merrill Stubbs. Continue reading

NYC’s Soda Ban: Healthier Options for Soda Lovers

It’s official: soda is evil.

Ok, maybe that’s an overstatement, or at least unnecessary judgment. But with Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sales of the stuff (in quantities of 16 ounces or more) and other cities considering similar action, there’s more attention than ever on soda’s failing nutritional report card.

Why the bad rap? First, soda is loaded with sugar, typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, which has been shown to contribute to two of our country’s most serious health problems, obesity and diabetes. (Diet soda may not be any better for you; see here and here.) Second: “The most popular, mainstream sodas — Coke, Pepsi and the like — are full of chemicals that do a sum total of absolutely nothing good for our bodies,” says Clean Plates founder and nutritionist, Jared Koch.

So what’s a soda fan to do? Here are a few options. Continue reading

Break Me Off a Piece of That: Sweet Loren’s Healthier Cookies

Image courtesy of Sweet Loren's

When you can’t resist having a treat, homemade cookies are best — but you might not have a couple of hours and all the necessary ingredients in the cupboard. If you’re going to indulge, Sweet Loren’s is one of the very few (and possibly only) good-for-you cookies in the freezer aisle. They’re quick and easy, free of the usual preservatives and chemicals in conventional store-bought cookies and ready to enjoy fresh out of the oven whenever you want. Continue reading

Get Hungry for Eat Drink Local Week

Eating local is a goal shared by many New Yorkers, and one worth celebrating – especially this week. The 4th annual Eat Drink Local Week kicks off on June 20th at the Union Square Farmers Market with cool prize giveaways and demonstrations from chefs, then officially begins on June 23rd with eight days of events, discounts and delicious restaurant specials. Continue reading

In Full Bloom: New York’s Most Delectable Vegan Experience

What: The Seed, a vegan festival and extravaganza

When: Saturday, June 16, 10am – 7pm; and Sunday, June 17, 10am – 5pm

Where: 82MERCER, 503-511 Broadway PH, New York

How Much: Tickets are $20 per day in advance, or $30 for both days; $25 at the door (if available)

Come newfound vegans, curious carnivores, longtime vegetarians and serious eaters of all kinds to a vegan immersion experience beyond Alicia Silverstone’s wildest dreams. From June 16 to 17, Soho’s 82MERCER will be transformed into the home of The Seed, a festival dedicated to teaching people of all lifestyles how to flourish inside and out by incorporating the countless benefits of a compassionate, healthy, environmentally-conscious existence. Continue reading

The City’s First Raw, Vegan Food Truck: The Squeeze

The Squeeze Truck, image courtesy of The Squeeze

It just got easier to keep cool on New York City streets this summer, if you can find The Squeeze, a food truck dishing up interesting raw, vegan, organic and gluten-free concoctions and juices.

The reconditioned UPS truck has recently re-emerged and is serving up dishes like Moc n’ Cheese, made with cashew cheese; vegan hot dogs; and other raw, gluten-free and organic soups, salads, desserts and more, served in eco-conscious plastic ware.

To boot, the juice truck is just one arm of the wellness and beauty lifestyle company named the same thing — The Squeeze — which offers detox cleanses and uses super foods and fresh, organic, live produce in its gourmet raw meals. The company also offers catering services, raw food preparation classes and nutritional counseling.

A jill-of-all-trades, Karliin Brooks not only runs the bio-diesel-fueled juice truck, but has also worked for ABC News as a freelance producer, owns a movie location company for Hollywood productions looking to shoot in the city, is a former model, a dedicated lifetime vegan and runs a distressed animal rescue operation. Her education is equally varied, with degrees in broadcast journalism and nutrition from New York University, as well as culinary arts training at The Natural Gourmet Institute.

While there is a Twitter account — @TheSqueezeTruck — it doesn’t look like it’s been updated for a while. We’ve heard the truck has been in Union Square lately; why not track them down and tell them to start tweeting so the rest of the city can find them too!

Image courtesy of The Squeeze.

Getting There: The Hidden Key to Farm-to-Table Success

Ever sit in your favorite restaurant and stare at your exquisite plate of seasonal greens and wonder: “What was their journey?” If you imagine a stork dropping a bag of micro-greens into the chef’s arms, you may want to continue reading. Today, farm-to-table businesses are expanding as locavore dining becomes less of a luxury and increasingly the new normal. I sat down with Jennifer Goggin, President and co-founder of FarmersWeb, to get the scoop on how her company is bringing more farms’ bounty to restaurant tables. Continue reading

Long Island Vintners: Gamechangers in Sustainability

Looking for local wines that are as sustainable as can be? Have a sip of this: Several Long Island-based winegrowers have forged together to launch an ecologically mindful collective around the careful cultivation of one juicy little fruit: The grape. Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW), a not-for-profit organization and the first sustainable vineyard certification program east of the Mississippi, officially went public with their message on Earth Day of this year. Continue reading