Culinary Students Improving the Food System Talk

“What’s Left on the Cutting Board: Culinary Students as a Lever for Improving the Food System”

Monday April 24th at 10:30  – Sprole Conference Room at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden.

Coltivare KitchenSustainability issues are at the fore in our industry but too often it is up to accomplished chefs to have an informed opinion on these matters. Learn what is being done to inculcate sustainability and health-promotion practices among our student body and sample some hands-on solutions that are hitting the market, balancing taste, nutrition and improving the food system.

Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., is Professor of Culinary Arts and Food Science at Drexel University. Before moving to Drexel, Deutsch built the culinary arts program at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Ph.D. concentration in food studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. At Drexel, he oversees the Drexel Food Lab, a student-driven product development and food innovation lab focused on solving real world problems for industry and good food projects. He is the author or editor of six books including Barbecue: A Global History (with Megan Elias), Culinary Improvisation, and Gastropolis: Food and Culture in New York City(with Annie Hauck-Lawson) and numerous articles in journals of food studies, public health and hospitality education. He earned his Ph.D. in Food Studies and Food Management from New York University (2004), his culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America  (AOS, Culinary Arts, 1997), and is an alumnus of Drexel University (BS, Hospitality Management, 1999). A classically trained chef, Deutsch worked in a variety of settings including product development, small luxury inns and restaurants. When not in the kitchen, he can be found behind his tuba.

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Ithaca Farmers Market

Ithaca Farmers Market Opens April 1st 2017

Come and rediscover a local tradition…

Ithaca Farmer’s Market opens up for the 2017 season on April 1st, from 9 AM- 3 PM! Sunday Farmer’s Market kicks off on the 7th. Come down to greet returning  and new chefs, farmers, artisans.

Ithaca Farmers MarketOther locations and times:

STEAMBOAT LANDING (545 Third St.)

Saturdays
4/1–10/28, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11/4–12/16, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sundays
5/7–10/29, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11/5–11/26, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

DEWITT PARK (N. Cayuga St. and E. Buffalo St.)

Tuesdays
5/2–10/24, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

EAST HILL PLAZA (380 Pine Tree Rd.)

Wednesdays
6/7–10/25, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

NIGHT MARKET at STEAMBOAT LANDING (545 Third St.)

Thursdays
6/29–9/28, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Undoing Racism in the Food System Workshop

Undoing Racism and in the Food System Workshop in Ithaca

Undoing Racism in the Food System, a signature workshop facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, will take place in Ithaca, NY April 6 – 8th.

undoing racism in the food system

Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The multiracial team of organizers/trainers includes more than 40 men and women whose anti-racist organizing expertise includes years with civil, labor and welfare rights struggles, educational, foster care, social service and health reform movements, as well as youth and grassroots community organizing. An average of 10-15 groups per month participate in The People’s Institute Undoing Racism®/Community Organizing process.

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Food Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Cornell

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm more dates through May 4, 2017

Dilmun Hill Student Farm is excited to present the Food Entrepreneurship speaker series! If you are interested in local food, business, and sustainability, then this series is for you! Join us to hear about the evolution of these enterprises and how they are influencing the local food movement in Ithaca. Each talk will be followed by a Q & A session.

Our presenters include the inspiring, local entrepreneurs behind Wide Awake Bakery, The Piggery, and Hopshire Brewing.

  • March 2: Heather Sandford, founder of The Piggery
  • April 13: Randy Lacey, founder of Hopshire Brewery
  • May 4: Speaker details forthcoming

Time for all events: 4:30-5:30 pm

Location for all events: 102 Mann Library

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Farm to Plate Conference in Ithaca

Farm to Plate ConferenceGroundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Announces Farm to Plate Conference – 
May 11-13, 2017

Call for workshop and presentation ideas!

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is pleased to announce “The Farm to Plate Conference: Uniting to Create, Educate, and Celebrate a Sustainable Local Food System” which will take place on May 11-13, 2017 in Ithaca, NY and the surrounding areas.

The conference is a collaborative effort by Groundswell Center, Food, Agroecology, Justice and Well-being Collective at Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Crooked Carrot, Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, Roots Rising Farm, the Tompkins County Food Policy Council and the Youth Farm Project.

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Food Insecurity and Brooktondale Food Pantry Capstone – Candice

Studying Food Insecurity and Volunteering at the Brooktondale Food Pantry – Capstone Project for Sustainable Farming and Food Systems – by Candice

Brooktondale Food Pantry Pickup Site
Brooktondale Food Pantry Pickup Site

I decided to do my Capstone project on food insecurity and how it related to families living in poverty. For this project, I  researched how easy it is to sink into poverty and how hard it is to get back to a stable financial life. I have also been volunteering my time at a local food pantry located right in Brooktondale.  You may think that a normal food pantry just gives out food to families in need, but this one does a lot more than just giving out food.  The Brooktondale Food Pantry has a full kitchen where it gives kids a chance to learn how to cook, and they have a full garden out back where they grow all of their vegetables for the kitchen and to give away at the food pantry.

Brooktondale Food Pantry Donations
Brooktondale Food Pantry Donations

One of the tasks that is included in volunteering at the Brooktondale Food Pantry is unloading vegetables and meats from the Southern Tier food truck that comes to Brooktondale and drops off donations. We have to sort everything out –  all the meats go together, all the cereals go together, veggies go together and so on.  Then we must inspect everything, this includes writing the date on our inventory sheet that it came to pantry and the date that it will be put out for families to take. We also have to check the expiration date and check to see if the product is damaged in any way. If it is damaged or out of date it gets put back on the truck. This is a food safety precaution that we have to follow. Some of the donations such as local fruits and vegetables are given to us from local farmers from Dryden, Cortland, Brooktondale and even Ithaca.  We also have been receiving a truck full of different kinds of breads from the Ithaca Bakery.

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