give ’em chairs – next they want water glasses! VE4 debrief

It’s been a long, tough debrief of Viand East Four, and we’re not done yet. Lots of details below but there were a couple of major problems: We have succeeded in becoming an underground restaurant. The result is that we have created expectations in our guests that are inconsistent with

Viand East Three Debrief

rocked • work/trade setup was awesome. we got to hang out with friends and not work so hard. also we had really fantastic, skilled workers! ben and ana did the fish. jim exuded calm. sarah problem-solved everything and kept us on track. •bao zi! chocolate meringue! seaweed salad! • glad we had

Vía Campesina Maputo Declaration & Open Letter

Declaration of Maputo: V International Conference of La Via Campesina Thursday, 23 October 2008 Maputo, Mozambique, October 19-22, 2008 Food Sovereignty now! Unity and struggle of the people!? We are men and women of the earth, we are those who produce food for the world.  We have the right to

Local Objects

What if we took the amazing accomplishments and connections of the Local Food Movement and applied them to Objects… Stuff… What if we bought stuff from artisans, and knew exactly who made our dishdrainer… Read the Local Objects manifesto!  

edible landscaping as urban policy

Up on the Farm Vancouver, British Columbia, hatches a program that brings food cultivation into town. By Linda Baker Metropolis Magazine May 2008 Posted May 22, 2008 Locally grown food has become a mantra among urban dwellers, fueling farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture services, and, in select cities, backyard chickens. Now

learning about meat

Last night we attended a lecture/demonstration regarding meat butchering. We started with 1/2 a pig (the right side) and learned how all the cutting happens from there and about the different cuts and uses. We learned some new details about the meat processing industry. There are two main functions of

on being a dinner guest

we don’t want to be difficult dinner guests. we want to be gracious and easy. and we don’t have allergies, so there’s no compelling reason to be difficult. but these days people do ask what you eat. we tried to be easy, but of course food came up in the

Book on Secret Suppers

Jenn Garbee has interviewed lots of underground restaurant chefs and written it up well in Secret Suppers: Rogue Chefs and Underground Restaurants in Warehouses, Townhouses, Open Fields, and Everywhere in Between. Sasquatch Books (2008)

underground resto receives too much press

Friday Night in Boston: Love + Butter Frying under the radar At Love+Butter supper club, dining is a covert experience By Janice O’Leary, Globe Correspondent | November 28, 2007 There’s no sign on the door, there are no business cards near the entrance, and there is no phone number to

Vandana Shiva speaks in Cambridge

(Munich 2005 Right Livelihood Award, photo © Orla Connolly) We met Jamey Lionette just in time to find out that Vandana Shiva would be in town on Monday and we went to her talk, which is about a new book she (and he!) put together called Manifestos on the Future