I guess we weren’t paying attention when we scheduled 3 events, back to back, last week!
On Tuesday, July 9th, Dr. Ellen Kamhi, The Natural Nurse, joined us for our 2nd Annual, Edible and Medicinal Herb Walk, followed by a potluck and sampling of the wild plants we gathered. Then on Wednesday evening, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, we co-sponsored our monthly film program “Let’s Eat; Food on Film Series” with the award winning documentary, Soul Food Junkies. When Thursday rolled around for our monthly, Slow Food Huntington Meeting, I didn’t think there was anyone left to come out. But, I was pleasantly surprised. We had a lovely “potluck” dinner meeting in the gardens at the Cinema Arts Centre, where we discussed the future of our chapter, events we want to plan, and issues we want to tackle. We always welcome new people, and would love to know your ideas on how this Slow Food chapter can meet your needs. Please consider joining us for our next meeting, Thursday, August 9th. The meetings are always on the 2nd Thursday of the month, so you can plan ahead!
We hope you will join us on Sunday night, April 21 at 6pm for a special dinner to meet and welcome our new board of directors, and to honor Ann Rathkopf, for her years as co-chair of this local chapter. This event is open to all members and friends. West East Bistro, located in Hicksville, has Slow Food Huntington’s “Snail of Approval,” due to their commitment to sourcing local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. Its dynamic Asian-Fusion cuisine is sure to please! The dinner menu will feature: Slowly Roasted BBQ Wild Boar Spare Ribs, House-made Crispy Vegetarian Rolls, Vegetarian Pot Stickers, Sesame Chicken, Local Fish with Burnt Broccoli, Steamed Jasmine Rice, Tofu Red Curry, Vegetable Longevity Noodles, “Forbidden” Rice Pudding and ‘Warm ‘n Fuzzy’ Chocolate Cake, and more! Macari Vineyards will be pouring their biodynamic wines Blind Bat Brewery will be pouring their craft beer. Ticket prices are $38pp (includes tax and gratuity) and are almost sold out. We hope you will join us for this chic Sunday night celebration! Purchase your tickets here: http://eastmeetseast-eorg.eventbrite.com/#.
“Products From the Garden” is an all day conference focusing on “landscape design strategies and horticultural practices that yield a multitude of useful products ranging from garden structures, shelter, energy and food.” Speakers will demonstrate how to transform your property in ways that feed mind, body and soul. For more information contact Michael Veracka, chairman of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture at (631) 420-2392.
The primary reason to join Slow Food Huntington, as should be the case for any social organization, is that it stands for something good. In this case, the good is the right to healthy food, with healthy understood as referring not only to the body consuming it, but to the environment in which it is raised, the workforce involved in its preparation and the community in which it is distributed.
Slow Food has been an important force in identifying and defending this right. In this sense it is a civil rights organization. The right to eat is just as important, and just as embattled, as the right to organize, assemble, and speak one’s mind, along with another right, not usually identified as such: the right to know. As the food industry becomes ever more corporatized and impersonal, access to reliable, accurate information has become ever more precarious. What chemicals are in this food? Has it been genetically modified? Was this head of lettuce sprayed with pesticides in the field? Was the soil treated with chemical fertilizers? Were the farmhands paid a decent wage? Slow Food, along with other organizations, works to bring such information to the public and to defend the public’s right to know.
Culture is another element in any civil rights movement. The defense of food culture was the foundational mission of Slow Food. The name refers to traditional cooking as opposed to fast food and its variants: takeout, supermarket prepared meals, frozen dinners, energy drinks and meals in a can. Perhaps all of these have their place, but it is all too easy for convenience, and the all too instant gratification of salt and fat, to overwhelm more considered approaches to nutrition and cooking.
When you buy groceries you are buying into a way of life and an economy that sustains it. What kind of life do you choose? Shouldn’t you make an informed choice, or at least have access to information that makes such a choice possible? When you prepare a meal you are participating, or not, in traditions and forms of knowledge that can go back centuries. In our heterogeneous, fast-paced society, tradition is always under threat.
Food deserts have developed in communities throughout this country, and there should be none. Children are developing diabetes and morbid obesity and they should be healthy and active. We should do better.
This is the big picture, the backdrop to our Slow Food potluck dinners, lectures, and outings, and to the many civic, cultural and political events which we support as a clearinghouse for food advocacy. Your membership will support such work, and it will be one way, among others, to support a movement for food rights.
1) Sustainable Long Island Conference on Friday- http://sustainableli.org/events/annual-conference-2013/
2) Farmingdale State College Horticulural Event; Products From the Garden 4/13/13
3) Book Signing and author events, Saru Jayaramen: Behing the Kitchen Door
4/15/13 at Book Court- reading and discussion http://www.slowfoodnyc.org/event/sfnyc_book_club_behind_kitchen_door_saru_jayaraman
4/17/13 at Colors restaurant
4) How to Build a Raised Bed Workshop 4/20/13 from 1-4pm
Fox Hollow Farm in S. Huntington
5) Green School NYC 2013- Spring Conference and Resource Fair
4/20/13 10am- 4:30pm
6) NY Green Festival at Jacob Javits
4/20/13 – 4/21/13
Stephen Ritz will be presenting on 4/21/13 See his TEDx Talk here: ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcSL2yN39JM)
7) Slow Food Huntington Dinner 4/21/13
all ready posted as event
8) Earth Day 4/22/13
see events happening in and around the city all week
9) Natural Nurse Chinatown Walk- 4/28/13 http://articles.healthrealizations.com/NaturalNurse/2013/04/08/Natural-Nurse-s-China-Town-Herb-Walk.aspx?SubscriberEmailemail@example.com
10) Family Time in the Kitchen: Cooking Demo with Bhavani
5/1/13 The Waldorf School of Garden City 7pm
A Conference at Hofstra University
Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, 2013
Register at: HOFSTRA.EDU/SUSTAINABLEFUTURES
From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs is a three-day conference focusing on the sustainable futures in global city-regions, taking the suburbs as its starting point and working its way inward to the city center.
Join academics, practitioners, and community leaders for an interdisciplinary discussion about sustainability that bridges the environmental, economic, and social spheres within complex urban regions.
Sustainable Futures Conference
Hofstra Cultural Center
243 Gallon Wing
113 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1130
For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669
We are moving forward with the elections for our board. If you are interested in taking a position, we would like to invite you to an informal meeting this Saturday, March 2nd, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Please consider joining the board of this wonderful, local community organization. Without the willingness of others to take charge, we fear that the future of this chapter will be not be able to continue. For more information about Saturday’s meeting, please email me at Bhavani@ieatgreen.com.
Thank you, and I look forward to growing Slow Food Huntington with all of you!
After 6 years of co-chairing Slow Food Huntington, Ann Rathkopf is ready to pass on the torch! I will stay on, to help in the transition, but we are looking for members in good standing, who would like to see Slow Food Huntington grow and prosper! We have newly adopted by-laws, and are looking to fill the positions of Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, and Communication Chair. If you are interested in becoming more involved in our wonderful, local chapter of Slow Food, please send in your nominations now (you can nominate yourself!) to Bill, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be voting sometime next month. Stay tuned for more info on the elections!
Thank you, and I look forward to growing Slow Food Huntington with all of you!
2012 No Farms No Food Rally
When: February 15th, 2012
Where: State Capitol in Albany
Join American Farmland Trust, along with farmers, food advocates, local officials, environmentalists and other New Yorkers at the State Capitol to urge state leaders to support funding and legislation that protects farmland and the environment, increases the availability of nutritious food grown in New York and strengthens the farm and food economy. Busing available from NYC with registration!
Click here for more information
At the home of Bhavani and Joe Jaroff, Slow Food Huntington hosted a successful event to Challenge the “status quo” of the “Value Meal”
We joined Slow Food USA in their national campaign to Challenge the “Value Meal”. For less than $5.00 per person, we put together a full vegetarian buffet which was enjoyed by all.
The menu consisted of 2 soups, a Cold Green Gazpacho Soup and a Hot Minestrone Soup, 2 Appetizers, Hummus and Guacamole with pita and corn chips and 2 entrees.
The first entree was gluten free Rice Noodles with Pesto with basil from Bhavani’s garden, Make your own Black Bean Fajitas with beans that were soaked and cooked with kombu, Mexican Brown Rice with Roasted Non GMO Corn, and Fresh Mixed Green and Arugula Salad (also from the garden) with Organic Goat Cheese on the side.
For dessert we enjoyed some Gluten Free Banana Bread and Carrot Cake. Everything was made that day by members of our chapter!