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Let’s Move! Google+ Hangout – Today!


Today, the first lady’s Let’s Move! campaign will host their first Google+ hangout today at 1pm EST. On hand to speak will be White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Gail Simmons, a culinary expert and TV personality (you may recognize her as a judge from Bravo’s Top Chef).

The announcement states, “We’re inviting Americans across the country to join the conversation and ask our experts about making healthy choices while juggling multiple schedules, and making smart choices whether you are cooking family meals, balancing everyone’s schedule or eating away from home.”

You can submit questions and connect through the White House Google+ page, website, or Youtube channel. To join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #AskLetsMove.


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.

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.

Upcoming Event: CBC Great Pumpkin Festival

Don’t have Halloween plans yet? Then check out the Cambridge Brewing Company’s annual Pumpkin Festival this Saturday! Sample 40 different pumpkin beers and pumpkin-inspired foods for the price of admission ($10, with a free pint glass). We had a great time last year! More information here.

Even better, I’ll add more beers to my list of pumpkin brews – I made an October goal to sample all (well, most) the pumpkin beers Cambridge has to offer and have thus far tried the following:

  • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale – Solid choice, but brown ales tend to be a bit too sweet for me
  • Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale – a new-to-me brew that has a more subtle, fresh pumpkin flavor (my favorite so far, available at Meadhall)
  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead – an old standby that’s sure to please
  • Saranac Pumpkin Ale – spicy!
  • Cambridge Brewing Co. Great Pumpkin Ale – tastier than last year’s!

Happy Halloween!

Upcoming Event: National Food Day

On October 24th, 2011, the first ever Food Day will be held across the country. Food Day is a national event advocating for “healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way,” hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and a long list of partner organizations. The goals of Food Day are:

  • Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
  • Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
  • Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
  • Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
  • Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
  • Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

In Boston, the event will be hosted by none other than Tufts University (woo!). Mayor Menino will be on hand to speak about the importance of Food Day’s message, and his vision of the future of Boston’s food systems.

When: October 24th, 2011 from 1-2pm

Where: Tufts University School of Medicine (Sackler Auditorium)

The event is open to the public and registration is here. If you can’t attend in person, you can watch the webcast on the Friedman School website.

Learn more about the event here and check out how other cities, communities, schools, organizations, etc. are celebrating.

Upcoming Events: This Weekend Around Boston

The 22nd Annual Harpoon Octoberfest is TODAY, September 30th, from 5:30-11pm and tomorrow, October 1st, from 2-9pm at the Harpoon Brewery (the waterfront). Tickets are $20 (includes a pint glass and 1 drink ticket), must be over 21 to partake. Details here.

The Boston Local Food Festival is tomorrow, October 1st, from 11am-5pm at the Fort Point Channel. Free and includes local food tastings! More details here.

The 33rd Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade in Harvard Square is Sunday, October 2nd, from 12-6pm in Harvard Square. Includes live music, crafts, and three beer gardens! Details here.

Upcoming Event: Urban Ag Fair this Sunday, Sept. 18th

When: this Sunday, September 18th, 11am-5pm

Where: Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA  – Mt. Auburn and JFK Streets and Winthrop Park

What: “Situated on Mount Auburn Street and Winthrop Park, the site of the first marketplace in Newtowne (1630s), this event will showcase locally grown fruits and vegetables and the people that grow them.  Come sample delicious local fare, purchase locally grown foods, get tips from local experts on composting, community gardening, container gardening, raising chickens and bees and more!  Cooking demonstrations by local chefs will be held throughout the day.  Share your cookbooks or climate/environmental books at our book swap table.  In addition, Grendel’s Den will be on hand to host a beer garden featuring locally crafted brews!  All events are free, open to the public and are family friendly.”

Beer garden? I’m there!

More info here.

Via Grub Street Boston.




Upcoming Event: Boston Local Food Festival

On October 1st, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston will host the Boston Local Food Festival in the Fort Point neighborhood. The mission of the festival is to increase awareness and generate interest in local and sustainably produced food, support the growth of local farms, and increase access to and availability of healthy foods for urban populations. This year’s theme is “Healthy Local Food for All!”

The event includes educational workshops and demonstrations related to nutrition, sustainability, and farming; samples and tastings of locally produced food and drink; and the opportunity to speak with and learn from local farmers, chefs, and local food advocates. The festival also has a zero waste goal!

When: Saturday, October 1st, 2012 11am-5pm

Where: Wharf at Fort Point Channel (by the Boston Children’s Museum)

Tickets: FREE! (although some events, like the Local Craft Brew Tastings, require tickets)

More info here.

Upcoming Event: Boston Restaurant Week, Summer 2011

It’s that time of year: the list of restaurants participating in Boston’s summer Restaurant Week has been released here. During Week 1: August 14-19 and Week 2: August 21-26 (generally no Fridays or Saturdays), the participating restaurants offer a 2-course lunch for $15.11, 3-course lunch for $20.11, and 3-course dinner for $33.11 and some may have additional deals. I’ve taken advantage of past Restaurant Weeks, but usually only manage to squeeze a couple places every time.

Here are the ones I’ve visited:

Upstairs on the Square*  91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA

Henrietta’s Table 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA

Harvest 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA

Masa 439 Tremont St., Boston, MA

And ones I’m still itching to try:

Sibling Rivalry 525 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Sportello 348 Congress St., Boston, MA

Tremont 647 647 Tremont St., Boston, MA

*(Personal favorite! I’ve already made reservations there.)

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