This week, my guest on the Progressive Radio Network is Kim O’Donnel, author, journalist and chef. Kim’s first book, The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook, was published in 2010 and her second book, The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations was just released in October. As a past caterer, I am excited to talk to her about this book! It is filled with creative recipes, beautiful pictures, and a passion for celebrating the festivals and life cycles of the year. Kim is also the founder of Canning Across America, a collective dedicated to the revival of preserving food, a skill we all need to learn. I hope you can join us!
Then, this weekend, Slow Food Huntington is joining our International Slow Food Movement in celebrating Terra Madre Day!
Terra Madre is a biennial conference, hosted by Slow Food International, which is comprised of a diverse network of food producers, cooks, educators, students, and activists, involved in the interconnected fields of food, agriculture, sustainable development, gastronomy, globalization, and economics. Inspired by the conference, Terra Madre Day is a worldwide celebration and day of action, every year on December 10th, (with festivities on or around that day) that aims to re-connect communities with local food.
Activities to celebrate Terra Madre Day will be taking place in a wide variety of locations in many countries across the world. From small gatherings to large events, Terra Madre Day will be celebrated by all those who share Slow Food’s belief in the right to good, clean, and fair food that is local, seasonal and sustainably grown.
Our local Slow Food chapter, Slow Food Huntington, will be hosting a Terra Madre celebration on Sunday, December 9th at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, which will include a video presentation, guest speakers, music by the Beta Blockers, and a Pot Luck reception. This event will be a celebration of our local food community and the work that is taking place in all corners of the globe to preserve biodiversity and our Good Food heritage and traditions. Our chapters three delegates, one of which was myself, will be there to share our stories, images and video of this spectacular event that occurred this October in Torino, Italy.
Lastly, I want to invite those of you who are looking to volunteer to prep in the kitchen for my annual Christmas Feast for the Homeless and Food for Hurricane Sandy Survivors, to sign up through this doodle document; http://doodle.com/2kmy25ufrei9fvau Then, please send me your contact info, email address and phone number, so that I can contact you if there are changes.
Every year, we collaborate with The River Fund-NY Food Pantry for these events, which is a 501-C3, non profit organization, serving our community, 365 days a year. In addition to cooking and serving a Christmas Feast, we host an Annual Coat Drive and Toy Drive, collecting warm clothing for the needy and holiday toys for the children. If you would like to drop off coats or toys, send me an email to make arrangements at Bhavani@iEatGreen.com, or to make a monetary contribution to our event, a tax deductible donation can be sent directly to The River Fund-NY. Just write “Christmas Feast” in the memo and send it to;
The River Fund-NY
89-11 Lefferts Blvd
Richmond Hill NY 11418
Did you all see the front page of Tuesday’s New York Times? The “Do the Math Tour” and the student movement to push universities to divest their endowments from Fossil Fuel companies is gaining momentum and people are taking notice! This is great news. Check it out!
I thank you all for your continuous support, and I wish you all a sane, low stress, pre-holiday season!