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Black History Month: The History of Chicken and Waffles

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 20, 2014

(Photo by Maria G.)
(Photo by Maria G.)

(Photo by Maria G.)

The artistic and cultural explosion of the 1920’s and 30’s known as The Harlem Renaissance, also known as one of the most socially alive and creatively conscious eras of African-American history,  ignited a mighty wave of Black literary, musical and visual artistic expression introducing us to Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, jazz, tap dancing and yes, even chicken and waffles.   Read More

Food StoriesQ & A

Q&A: Dee Charboneau of Juice Served Here

By Tawnya Manion | October 10, 2013

Juice Served Here. Photo courtesy of Dee Charboneau

Three weeks ago, the juice scene in Los Angeles just got hotter. The fashion forward juice bar, Juice Served Here, opened on West Third Street bringing cold-pressed juices, nut milks, tonics, coffees, and raw dessert to the toothsome neighborhood of West Hollywood. Last week, I sat down with Head of Operations Dee Charboneau to talk about her ever ambitious entrepreneur spirit, and the opening of the much anticipated store front. Here’s what she had to say. 

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Q&A: Jack Summers of Sorel Liqueur

By Tawnya Manion | July 22, 2013

Sorel. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Summers)
Sorel. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Summers)

Sorel. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Summers)

Last week at the Slow Food NYC Event, “Spirits of New York”, I was lucky enough to catch up with Jack Summers, the creator and distiller of the hibiscus liqueur, Sorel. His concoction nods to the Caribbean island’s celebratory beverage drank by natives for hundreds of years. Sorel’s spicy complexity and multifaceted flavors make it a versatile mixer or a thirst-quenching refreshment served best as a slushy, over ice, or warm in a mug. I was fascinated to know how Jack got his start to create such an interesting libation, so I asked. Here’s what he had to say. Read More

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Q&A: Alison Cross of Boxcar Grocer

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 13, 2013

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Boxcar Grocer in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo Courtesy of Alison Cross)

I was lucky to have the chance to talk with Alison Cross, co-founder of Boxcar Grocer last week. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the store partners with local farmers and producers to offer high-quality products in a neighborhood with few food stores. She and her brother Alphonzo Cross make an inspiring team, driven by their desire to make an impact and how much they care about their community. Read the text of my conversation with her, below, and check out Boxcar Grocer’s website for more information.   Read More

Food StoriesYes Chef

What’s Your Soul Food Remix?

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 9, 2013

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Korean ban chan at Plaza Market

Korean ban chan at Plaza Market

For the last four years, I’ve been able to travel throughout the country, meeting people and hearing their personal stories, and sharing my own. I’ve witnessed the history of artisan food in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, the artistic sensibility of Austin restauranteurs, and the budding food scene in Oakland, California. I’ve met with chefs, readers, fans, and cooks who all celebrate food and culture in their own ways, and want to share what they’re doing.

What’s become clear is that food is a lifeblood to all communities, and it’s been how I’ve been able to connect with everyone across cultures. Making and enjoying food is practicing our culture with family and friends, but it’s communicating it with everyone . Like great music, great food doesn’t have barriers between people. Read More

Food Stories

Animal Feed is Going Gourmet

By Christopher Stewart | July 8, 2013

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Photo: Vicky T.

With the rising concern of GMO’s, animal health, and the effects of the food we are consuming at record numbers, I believe everyone has a concern about the foods that we digest. In the times of numerous restaurants opening up every day, and the constant want of a 24-hour restaurant, food is being produced faster and faster, even if it’s not the safest. Farmers are taking notice of their animals and switching up things for the better, not just for the animal, but for the customer as well. Gourmet animal feed is now the topic of conversation, and farmers are designing specialty feed for their animal’s health and enjoyment. Read More

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The Sense of Morels

By Patrice Johnson | June 7, 2013

Morels

Morels, mushrooms, fried morels, spring vegetables, healthy

“These are really good,” my coworker spoke quietly, “Don’t tell anyone I gave them to you,” he added as he glanced around nervously. He pressed a brown bag into my hands and backed out of my office.

At home I opened the bag and golden morels spilled out on to the counter. The spores were aliens; scary creatures of mystery but not intrigue. In my early years, mushrooms represented the dark, dank unknown. I stored the fungi in the refrigerator until I was able to forget their existence, and eventually they were pitched. Read More

Food StoriesWhat To Eat And Drink

The Good Eats at Smorgasburg: Jack’s Chedbred

By Diana Tsuchida | May 31, 2013

cornbread, jack's chedbred, smorgasburg, jack sorock

cornbread, jack's chedbred, smorgasburg, jack sorock

How does a Midwestern jazz pianist turned lawyer then cornbread baker find himself selling the Southern staple at Brooklyn’s most competitive flea market? Ask Chedbred founder Jack Sorock and he isn’t quite sure himself, but he can trace the fixation back to a bed and breakfast spot in Colorado called the Baldpate Inn where his family vacationed every summer. The culinary cornerstone of each visit was a rich, indulgent cornbread that nearly bordered on dessert and though Sorock sees this as the recipe to beat, he’d rather not try. It touts two cans of creamed corn with twice as much fat, sugar and cheddar cheese as his own recipe. But sheer determination and countless tastings led to a recipe that tastes unmistakably close to the same nostalgic blend of textures without needing a triple bypass. Read More

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The New Effects of Flax-Fed Beef

By Christopher Stewart | May 22, 2013

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Photo: Alisha V.

It’s hard to keep up with today’s food trends, fads, diets, and constant chef news. New topics are coming up everyday about the foods we consume and it’s hard to keep up. Staying healthy is another important topic of conversation and the foods we consume all play a part in this ongoing conversation. Beef has been a “hot button” topic of conversation for some years now, everyone from the NYTimes to vegetarians are talking about whether beef is a good choice. Jim Drouillard, professor of animal science and industry at Kansas State University believes that everyone can benefit from the health food flaxseed, even cows. Read More

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Newark School Puts Focus on Food

By Kendall Kish | April 12, 2013

Wheat grass

When we approached St. Philips Academy in Newark, I had no idea what kind of experience we were in for. What I thought would be a simple look into the technology behind the school’s aeroponic farming system, turned into an eye-opening experience and realization of how one small change can get the ball rolling to make monumental and all-inclusive steps in changing how kids learn about, eat, cook, and view food. Read More

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