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Upcoming Event: Taste of Cambridge 2013

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It’s been a couple years since I attended Taste of Cambridge, but it was a great event the last time I went. This year’s was supposed to be held last night, but has been postponed until next Tuesday, June 18, 2013 due to weather. All proceeds go to local charities.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WhereUniversity Park Common & Sidney Street

What to expect: Delicious food from local restaurants plus a beer and wine garden. Participants include 100 restaurants, from Upstairs on the Square to Lord Hobo, and local breweries like Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.

Tickets start at $50 ($75 for VIP access) and include samples (as many as you can eat), 4 drinks, and other freebies. More info here.

Upcoming Events: Boston University Gastronomy Lecture Series

The Boston University Gastronomy Program just announced their Fall lecture series. All lectures are free and open to the public!

Can Food Save Washington? Inventing Terroir for the Nation’s Capital
Warren Belasco, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy
Monday, September 17, 6 PM, SHA Auditorium

Neurogastronomy: What is it, and why does it matter?
Gordon Shepard, Professor of Neurobiology, Yale University and author of Neurogastronomy
Wednesday, October 24, 6 PM, SHA Auditorium

Writing Food History – A Conversation
Kyri Claflin, Lecturer in Gastronomy, and co-author of Writing Food History: A Global Perspective
Monday, November 5, 5 PM, Fuller Building room 109, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Around the Italian Table – a roundtable discussion of Contemporary Food Ethnography in Italy
Carole Counihan, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy, Rachel Black, Assistant Professor of Gastronomy and Valeria Siniscalchi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, EHESS
Monday, November 12, 6 PM, SHA Auditorium

For more information, contact gastrmla@bu.edu. I also encourage you to check out the BU Food & Wine Program, which offers cooking classes, demonstrations, and lectures on topics ranging from Julia Child to “Studies in Beer.”

Event TONIGHT: Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court: The Future of Healthcare Reform

A last minute addition to your calendar! 

Tonight, the Boston Young Healthcare Professionals will host a panel discussion on the recent decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. Panelists include:

  • Jan Bhatt, New England Health Institute
  • Renee Landers, Suffolk University Law School
  • Amy Lischko, Professor of Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Regina Rockefeller, Nixon Peabody Health Services Group

Event Information:

Jamie Oliver honored with Harvard Healthy Cup Award

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Last month, chef Jamie Oliver received the Healthy Cup award from the Harvard School of Public Health, honoring his work in the area of childhood obesity. Jamie Oliver is a well-known celebrity chef whose recent work has focused on reducing childhood obesity in the U.S. and U.K. through his television series, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and the establishment of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation to support U.S.-based obesity prevention. Jamie’s work has been instrumental in raising awareness about childhood obesity, specifically as it relates to school lunch programs. Congrats, Jamie – and keep up the good work!

Upcoming Event: The Weight of the Nation

This coming Monday evening, HBO will be screening the new documentary The Weight of the Nation in Boston. Following the screening, Boston-area experts, including Tufts researcher Dr. Christina Economos, will speak on a panel about some of the issues raised in the documentary. If you’re unable to attend the screening, check the HBO website for showtimes.

Here’s the description from HBO:

Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The first film, CONSEQUENCES, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, CHOICES, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The fourth film, CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.

Nutrition & Health News, week of January 20

  • Amongst flying rumors on the interwebs, Food Network queen Paula Deen announced that she has been living with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes for the last couple of years. Her announcement was no surprise to anyone who knows her fondness of everything buttery and deep-fried, and conveniently timed with the launch of her partnership with diabetes drug manufacturer, Novo Nordisk. She’s struck a lucrative deal with Novo Nordisk to peddle Victoza in their new diabetes management campaign, Diabetes in A New Light, causing many people to question her motives and her lifelong promotion of high-calorie foods. Of the criticism, Deen has said, “Honey I’m your cook, not your doctor…I’ve always encouraged moderation.” Really? Her “princess bites” don’t seem very moderate. [The Atlantic, Serious Eats]
  • Research by the CDC indicates that obesity rates in the U.S. have plateaued, with 35.7% of adults and 16.9% of children qualifying as obese. Although this stall is positive and may be due in part to increased efforts to control obesity, the fact remains that the rates are not declining. We will be seeing the impact of obesity for years to come. [New York Times]
  • At a meeting of the nation’s mayors in Washington, D.C. this week, the mayors formed a Food Policy Task Force led by Boston’s own Mayor Menino. According to the agenda, the task force will “focus on issues including reducing obesity, increasing access to healthy affordable food in low-income communities, and increasing local food procurement and entrepreneurship in cities. The task force will review issues and policy barriers to addressing food access, food security issues in urban areas including recommendations on increasing SNAP (Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program) participation via recommendations on best policies and practices, 2012 Farm Bill, support for farmer’s markets, food desert mapping and healthy food retail.” In Boston, Mayor Menino has been instrumental in beginning a number of food policy initiatives for the city. [NPR]
  • Mayor Menino pledged to lose 2lbs per month over the next year during his State of the City speech on Tuesday. He made this promise when talking about efforts to reduce obesity in Boston, where over half of residents are overweight. Will the mayor’s promise encourage citizens to follow suit? [Commonhealth]

Upcoming Event: “Let’s Talk About Food” at Boston’s Museum of Science

Marion Nestle, food policy expert, will be speaking at a forum called “Let’s Talk about the Farm Bill” at Boston’s Museum of Science in a couple weeks. This is part of the MOS “Let’s Talk About Food” lecture series.

What’s the big deal about the farm bill? An interactive “teach-in” explores the ways that subsidies and regulations impact the quality and cost of the foods we consume here in New England. Learn about the process and meet some of the stakeholders, share your perspectives, and find out how the public can have a voice in reshaping the face of agriculture.

Speakers include: Marion Nestle, PhD, professor of nutrition and public health at New York University, author of Food Politics and What to Eat; Representative Chellie Pingree (Maine), member of the House Committee on Agriculture; and Tim Griffin, PhD, Director, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University.

When: Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at 3pm

Where: Cahners Theater, Museum of Science

Find out more details and register for the event here.

Boston Health News, week of December 2nd

  • With flu season just around the corner, the Occupy Boston encampment in Dewey Square, poses a significant health risk. Occupiers partnered with the Boston Public Health Commission to set up a free flu clinic on site for occupiers to receive vaccines in order to establish herd immunity among the campers. [Commonhealth]
  • The 2011 Health of Boston report, released yesterday, indicates the city is doing well in some respects, and poorly in others. The BPHC said of the results, “Boston is one of the healthiest city in America, but, obviously, there is still work to do…That’s why it’s important that we continue to sound the alarm about the bad health consequences of sugary beverages and tobacco, while continuing to provide support for community gardening, Farmer’s Markets, and create policies and programs that allow residents to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine.’’ Read the full report here. [Commonhealth]
  • Boston was recognized for its impressive Farm to School initiative by the Mother Nature Network. The city’s public schools receive locally grown, fresh produce from area farms to incorporate into school meals. The meals are offered in conjunction with additional nutrition education and some cafeterias have had professional guest chefs cook their meals. [Grub Street Boston]

 

Upcoming Event: Slumbrew Launch Party TONIGHT

What: The launch of Slumbrew, the experimental beer research arm (aka brewlab) of Somerville Brewing Company. Try their first three beers: Flagraiser IPA, Happy Sol, A Blood Orange Hef, and Porter Square Porter.

Where: The Independent Restaurant, Somerville, MA

When: TONIGHT, 5-8pm

More about Slumbrew: “We produce a lot of small-run, pilot beers at the Slumbrew Beerlab, but only a small number make their way to commercial production. The Somerville Brewing Company contracts with regional breweries to make the best recipes for wide-spread commercial release, but each recipe is an evolving process of refinement. This model for beer production provides an opportunity to experiment with innovative local ingredients to produce craft beers that stand apart from typical formulations.”

Info here.

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