and you can still reserve for the Food Day tasting menu. The only difference is that you’ll be seated nearby our event, and might have to get up to view the videos if you want to. The tasting menu will be available all evening.
Come to our Food Day event, including a five course meal at Lento and the debut of Food Mythbusters, the first of a series of short videos on the myths that support industrial agriculture! Space is limited, reserve you place soon! more info here
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it.
We are delighted and honored to announce that Elizabeth Henderson is now a guest blogger on the Slow Food Rochester blog. Elizabeth farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), and represents NOFA on the Management Committee of the Agricultural Justice Project. In 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications, and she is the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007). She also wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the 300 members of the Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture Project (GVOCSA) in its twenty fourth year in 2012.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:45 pm at the Forest Cinema“Healthy eating in schools has to start somewhere, and Baltimore is as good a place as any. Enter Cafeteria Man and Tony Geraci, a food-industry veteran who launches an audacious plan to transform the diet of Baltimore’s public school students by trading pizza and processed foods for balanced meals featuring healthier alternatives with organic, locally grown ingredients. Chisolm’s film matches Geraci’s wit and good-natured determination as the chef-turned-activist battles bureaucracy and encourages kids, parents and even school administrators to contemplate what’s on their plates.”
Soul Food Junkies
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:00 pm at the Little Theater“With a mixture of fondness and tragic fascination, Byron Hunt recalls growing up with soul food at his family dinner table – fried chicken, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, macaroni and cheese, fried pork chops and more – as well as the effects of that diet on his father, whose premature death from pancreatic cancer prompted this culinary retrospective. The intimate and respectful Soul Food Junkies explores the origins of this quintessentially African American cuisine whose history is as rich as the food itself, and its enduring legacy – in terms of both health and culture. It will make you think. It will make you hungry.”
Symphony of the Soil
Friday, Sept. 14, 6:00 pm at Nazareth CollegeThis is the film we watched previews from and discussed at a Slow Food Evening last April. Now you can see the entire film!
“It’s no coincidence that we use the same word for the dirt beneath our feet as for the planet on which we live. While the Earth gives us a home, the earth – the soil – sustains us. With Symphony for the Soil, filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia draws insights from a broad field of experts – farmers, scientists and more – about the delicate balance of our fertile soil, and the importance of maintaining that balance for sustainable agriculture, energy, water and other key elements to human survival. Symphony of the Soil celebrates that importance, and asks us to think differently.”
Garden at the Church of the Transfiguration
Start your weekend off right with a tour of the Transfiguration Gift Garden, at 50 West Bloomfield Rd. in Pittsford. Its free, and starts at 9:30 and we’ll have coffee, tea and snacks.
The Transfiguration Gift Garden started in 2010 with the mission to provide food for local soup kitchens and food pantries, as well as providing plots for families to garden. We have about 1/8 acre for the gift garden, and about 1/8 acre for the private plots. Last year we harvested about 1200 pounds of produce from the gift garden. We distributed the produce to Blessed Sacrament and St. Martin's soup kitchens, the Pittsford Food Cupboard, House of Mercy, the Open Door Mission, as well as others. This year we are at about 200 or so pounds donated, with much more on the way. We've faced challenges of pests (large and small), dry spells, standing water, too many green beans ripening at the same time - all things gardeners are familiar with.
The garden is south of the back parking lot at the Church of the Transfiguration, 50 West Bloomfield Road Pittsford, NY.
Check out a 360 degree panorama picture of the garden at http://360.io/K9dAME.
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