Future Food Salon Manhattan: catching my breath

Future Food Salon Manhattan: catching my breath

What a thrill it was to co-host the Future Food Salon Manhattan. Along with my co-director in the Future Food Salon Group, Dr Elke Grenzer of the Culture of Cities Centre, I was impressed with the staff and facilities of the Centre for Social Innovation's newest location in Chelsea in the historic Starrett-Lehigh building. But I think the most amazing thing about this Salon for me was the opportunity to meet and work alongside some of the Americans involved in entomophagy. I love doing business with these Americans.

PHOTO CAPTION: David Gracer (left) and Pat Crowley enjoying a pre-salon drink.
CREDIT: Michael Cumming, 2013

MEDIA INVITATION October 16 - World Food Day Eating insects as a food innovation

MEDIA INVITATION October 16 - World Food Day Eating insects as a food innovation

Toronto, October 14, 2013 - The Future Food Salon Group, in collaboration with  The Montréal Space for Life’s Insectarium, is inviting media representatives to attend a special World Food Day Press Conference to announce an international conference for a disruptive innovation: edible insects.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michal Labik, 2013. 

Five Reasons to Eat Crickets

Five Reasons to Eat Crickets

In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a growing appetite for eating bugs. Since we started the Series in 2011, audiences have responded with greater curiosity and less disgust to entomophagy. The recent UN Report, Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security and the anticipated World FAO Congress on Entomophagy in Rome in 2014, have focussed interest on how the planet will feed more than 9 billion people by 2050.

 Photo Credit: Michal Labik 2013.

Pitch your business plan to address the global food crisis

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Pitch your business plan to address the global food crisis

Pitch a business idea that addresses the global food crisis and compete for a chance to win $1 million US to fund your enterprise. Anyone can enter the online competition. You need to put together a team of 4-5 people and pitch a viable business that addresses the growing global food crisis. The Hult Prize is fairly new, and is funded by Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult. The Hult business school runs the prize in collaboration with former US President Bill Clinton.

 

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Cooking with Crickets

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Cooking with Crickets

This week, I cooked raw crickets for the first time. To make crickets to eat, they recommend that you place the live crickets in the freezer to slow down their metabolism, so that they will not move when you try to cook them. I got a pot of fresh water to the boil, plunged the crickets in and then once it came to the boil again, I set my timer for two minutes. When I removed them, I strained them, and then arranged them on a piece of parchment paper on my cookie tray.

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Recipe for Change 2013

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Recipe for Change 2013

One of my favourite events of the year is the FoodShare fundraiser, Recipe for Change. If you love food, and especially if you adore tasting a variety of creatively concocted bites prepared by some of this city's top chefs, then this is your event. Thirty creations by Toronto's top chefs, thirty VQA local Ontario wines and nine local beers: all included in the price of the ticket. And it really is amazing.

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A Tale of Two Corner Stores

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A Tale of Two Corner Stores

I absolutely love the Depanneur. I think Len Senater is a local food hero. He has truly revolutionized the notion of a corner store by returning the concept to what it once was. (See? Everything old really is new again.) When Len and I lived in Montreal (we didn't know one another well, but our circles happily overlapped), the "depanneur" or the "dep" was the corner store where you went to get locally bottled cheap imported wine, cigarettes, a stale box of crackers and not much else.

 

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Prop 37: The California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act

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Prop 37: The California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act

This is a stranger than fiction sort of story. It has more twists and switchbacks than San Francisco's Lombard Street. On November 8, the California Electoral Authority declared Prop 37 the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act defeated 53% to 47%, despite the fact that at that time 3.3 million ballots were still uncounted, according to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).

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Semisweet: Life in Chocolate (Review)

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Semisweet: Life in Chocolate (Review)

Semisweet opens with a black screen and a whistle-accented chugging. Right from the get-go, the film’s framework is established; the viewer is enlisted to help tell the story, to use imagination to fill in the blanks. Director Michael Allcock’s film is not actually about chocolate; it’s about people: four fascinating stories connected to chocolate. “Things are boring,” Allcock told me. “And chocolate is a thing. What interests me are people. And this film is about them.”

 

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Everything old is new again

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Everything old is new again

The pundits and economists are talking about another impending financial meltdown. Some are predicting a worse one and others a milder one than we recently experienced in 2008. Some are even predicting a long worldwide depression. And while that sounds terrifying to me as I struggle to make ends meet, it also sounds exciting in a I-can-hardly-wait sort of way. A few lessons learned.

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