As I make the final arrangements for Slow Food North Shore‘s last event with this current board, I am filled with mixed emotions. I’m excited to host the wonderful Slow Food community that we have built over the last 8 years for a final “Farm to Table” event, (today is the last day to purchase tickets) and to create space in my life for a new adventure, and yet, at the same time, I am sad to be stepping down from a position that has been so close to my heart for so many years. However, Slow Food and the principles it promotes is not going anywhere! The organization that I love and support has it’s USA headquarters right here in Brooklyn, and there is the New York City chapter, the East End chapter, the South Shore chapter, and hopefully, the North Shore chapter will find a new group of people who would like to take it forward! (If your interested, please reach out to me asap!) The philosophy of good, clean and fair food for everyone is a fundamental right that is worth fighting for, and we all need to do our part to make that a reality. Slow Food also recognizes the pleasures of the table and the joy that can come when we share a meal together. The blending of activism with conviviality is what makes the Slow Food Movement so special to me. I hope you can join us for our last hurrah on Saturday night!
Speaking of activism, we are collecting seeds to send to the Slow Food farmers in Puerto Rico who were wiped out from the last two hurricanes. If you have any seeds to donate, please bring them with you. We are putting together a box, and will be sending it down the folks we met from Slow Food Puerto Rico. If you would like to donate directly to help the farmers, Visit Rico, an organization set up to promote agro-tourism in Puerto Rico, has set up a Go Fund Me Campaign, for the farmers.
Another area of activism for me is feeding the hungry! Every year, for the past 23 years, I have invited members of our extended community to come into my home and help me cook a Thanksgiving Feast for the hundreds and hundreds of people who are food insecure, and who are served by the wonderful non-profit organization, The River Fund NY. It is a huge endeavor, and it takes months of planning to bring it all together. The cooking starts on Saturday, November 18th, and continues until the morning of Tuesday, November 21st. We feed 700-800 people in the park, and send food for hundreds more to local shelters. If you are interested in participating in the preparations, please sign up for a shift on the attached doodle document. I look forward to another year of cooking with my community to create a memorable day for our neighbors who are less fortunate than us!
My guest this week on the Progressive Radio Network is David George Gordon, the award-wining author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook and 18 other titles about orcas and gray whales, cockroaches, tarantulas, land snails and
the Sasquatch. He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Time magazine and National Geographic Kids and has appeared on Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The View. As The Bug Chef, he’s shared his cuisine with visitors to the Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Explorers club, Yale University and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in San Francisco, Hollywood and Times Square. Chef Gordon and his illustrator/wife Karen Luke Fildes live in Seattle. Please join me on Thursday as we discuss the future of bugs in our diet!
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