Eggplant and Polenta make a delicious combination, and here's my new, quick recipe for you!
Fast Company's Jan. 13, 2009 article: Ten Best Green Jobs for the Next Decade featured Farmers. America has only two million farmers, and their average age is 55. Since sustainable agriculture requires small-scale, local, organic methods rather than petroleum-based machines and fertilizers, there is a huge need for more farmers -- up to tens of millions of them, according to food guru Michael Pollan. Schools recommended include: University of Vermont: Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Stone Barns Center For Food & Agriculture in New York State; University of Oklahoma: Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Evergreen State College: degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Related careers include urban gardener, farmers market and CSA coordinator, and other food producers. The full article can be found here.
'Nightlife' at the California Academy of Sciences is a weekly, Thursday mashup of science, music, cocktails and more starting on February 12! This ongoing event is for adults, ages 18 and up. A party will be setup in a different part of the museum each time. Most exhibits will be open, however, the penguins go to bed at 8:00 and the rainforest closes then as well. The planetarium may not be available every week. Guest speakers and opportunities to meet Academy scientists will be available. More information can be found on their website.
Indulge in almost a pound (13 oz.) of 100% vegan chocolate this holiday! This gift has 25 pieces of pure sweetness. Topped with a Farm Sanctuary mini-button- it's easy to say that compassion's never looked or tasted so good. Order here.
Celebrate the Year of the Ox at the Conservatory of Flowers. The Conservatory’s Potted Plants Gallery will be filled with the blossoms, colors and fragrances that bring good fortune and prosperity for the coming year. Blooming branches of quince and peach blossom, as well as potted kumquat, mandarin orange and pomelo, boost all visitors’ chances for good fortune and wealth in 2009.
Farm Sanctuary's Cultivating Compassion program makes it even easier for caring teachers to bring compassion to their classrooms. In an increasingly violent world in which making profits often takes precedence over seeking peace, Farm Sanctuary's Cultivating Compassion program offers materials designed to encourage respect and kindness toward all living beings and the environment. Farm Sanctuary is pleased to provide these resources FREE to teachers.
Grey2KUSA's hand-dipped, 4 oz. candy is made of sweet chocolate and measures 4 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Best yet, they are Kosher, cruelty-free (vegan) and 100% delicious. Size: 4 x 5". Price: $15.00 plus s/h. Every donation made will support Grey2KUSA's efforts to end dog racing nationwide.
The Center for Biological Diversity offers you free endangered species ringtones and phone wallpapers -- a collection of high-quality, authentic sounds and images of some of the world’s most threatened birds, owls, frogs, toads and marine mammals. Download your free ringtone here.
Some Gratitude Gourmet readers have asked that other cities be featured on the Gratitude Gourmet Restaurants Page. Good News! You can change the City, State, and/or Search Item, then press the 'return/enter' key on your keyboard. Please let me know if this page works for you! I would also like to thank Yelp for providing the content.
Come meet Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur when he presents and reads excerpts from his best-selling book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. Books will be available for sale and signing. Time: Thursday, January 29 - 7 p.m.
Obama's Team added a Citizens Briefing Book to their Change.gov site where one can offer opinions/suggestions on various issues, and people can vote by giving the idea a thumbs up or down.
B&G Foods® of Parsippany, New Jersey is a proud corporate sponsor of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, donating a yearly supply of Grandma's Molasses®, which is added to the elephants' oats and barley. Grandma's Molasses will be promoting the Elephant Sanctuary with special on-pack messages as well as featuring an "Elephant of the Month" on their website. Grandma's will also encourage consumers to submit their favorite molasses recipes and elephant stories. Here is an opportunity for Gratitude Gourmet readers to submit their vegan recipes! "We are very excited about our continued involvement with The Elephant Sanctuary," notes Dina Dubey, Marketing Director for Grandma's Molasses. For information, visit grandmasmolasses.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This announcement ushers in a new era in California agriculture policy. The committee, which historically focused on issues of food production, will now expand its jurisdiction and look more broadly at issues related to sustainability, as well as animal welfare reforms. This committee will have the opportunity to look at issues including: Sustainable Farming, Animal Welfare, and Food Security.
MyFarm delivers fresh, organic vegetables to your door in San Francisco via their weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. The nourishing vegetables originate from a nearby backyard, support local green jobs, and most importantly help out our earth by significantly reducing our carbon footprint. They offer two sizes: Full Box $35 per week (Good for two friends or small family) and Half Box $25 per week (Good for one person). MyFarm has graciously given Gratitude Gourmet readers a discount.
The February '09 Prevention edition has an interesting article about white superfoods and their nutritional benefits. Most of us have been focusing on dark-green leafy vegetables in our diets. Per this recent article, white vegetables, beans, and nuts such as turnips, cauliflower, parsnips, and pine nuts can lower risks of high blood pressure, heart attack, and more. Did you know that one cup of cauliflower contains 20% of your daily requirement of bone-building Vitamin K? See the article for more details.
Cay Snow, a photographer and Madison's mother, has raised her children vegan. Not only are her children vegan, they have been activists by raising over $900 by participating in Farm Sanctuary’s annual Walk for Farm Animals.
The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s Fancy Food Shows® are the premier marketplace for specialty foods where retailers, restaurateurs, distributors and others discover innovative, new food and beverage products, including specialty gourmet, ethnic, natural and organic foods, and snacks. Some of the best known global brands were launched at The Fancy Food Shows. This is an opportunity to feature your vegetarian or vegan product! See the website for more information.
Are you a savvy retailer interested in the latest consumer trends? The San Francisco International Gift Fair will now feature a Green by Design showcase to preview many eco-chic products offered at the show: clay pottery, recycled glass, lamps, organic spa and bath products, wooden frames, napkin rings and coasters, hemp merchandise and more. See the website for more information and registration details.