Local Food

Alice Waters and the American Academy in Rome

american-academyGreat article from the NY Times about how renowned chef Alice Waters (founder of Chez Panisse and local food advocate) is improving the food at the American Academy in Rome by incorporating - what else? - local, regional, sustainable choices.

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Photos from the Birchwood Cafe

birchwood-watermark1The Birchwood Cafe, located at 3311 East 25th Street in Minneapolis (612.722.4474), serves terrific food that is local, sustainable, organic, and fair-trade. It's got a terrific neighborhood feel, a solid wine list, an amazing breakfast, and the best vegetarian Juicy Lucy well, ever. The many people who sing the Birchwood's praises include an amazing number of regulars, including my friend, Photographer Chris Bohnhoff.

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Local Meat Sources and the National Animal ID System (NAIS)

Just found this scary post by Leslie Berliant at Sustainablog, discussing the National Animal ID System (NAIS), a group ostensibly created to curb thecow2 outbreak of diseases. Quoting David E.

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Brasa Serves Up Local Food, Caribbean Style

brasa-food1 Brasa, a self-described "premium rotisserie" in Northeast Minneapolis (just down the block from the Red Stag Supper Club), serves only three meats:

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Michael Pollan Wants Your Help

pollanI think if I skpped the whole Minneapolis thing and just wrote about Michael Pollan, I'd still be a busy man. This is from the NYTimes.com Well page. In Pollan's words:

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Minneapolis Sustainable Food Initiative

minneapolis-sustainable The move towards sustainable food has not been lost on the city of Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis Sustainable Food Initiative website lists these benefits associated with eating local, sustainable food:

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How Much Poison Do You Want to Eat?

A recent post on Organic Food Now entitled "How Much Poison Do You Want to Eat" provides a bunch of great information related to eating organic food, farmincluding whether it's really better for you or not and which foods are most chemical free. It's a discussion that has remained relevant for years, and has recently become even more heated due to the recent peanut butter recall that miraculously impacted several organic food companies (which had been buying non-organic peanuts, apparently).

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What Will I Get From My Minnesota/Wisconsin CSA?

hv-header1 My friend Jim suggested this post, and I'm glad he did. He's apprehensive about joining a CSA; he seems especially concerned that he'll end up with 200 boxes of radishes. Here's a month-by-month listing (from the Harmony Valley Farm website) that lists the vegetables (and occasional fruits) that will be coming from the Harmony Valley Farm CSA, located in Wisconsin.

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The Quick Story About Slow Food

slow-food-pic According to Slow Food USA:

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

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Healthy Eating/Living with Brenda Langton

Twin Cities' own good, local, sustainable, vegetarian-friendly food restaurateur Brenda Langton will be hosting a 3 session class on Health Living and Healthy Eating. Here are the details:brenda

Dates: March 10, 17, and 24 Time: 6 - 9 pm Cost: $225 includes 3 classes, food, and The Cafe Brenda Cookbook Contact/more information: 952-933-4428

You can find more information at Live Green Twin Cities.

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