I’m speaking with Fabio Parasecoli about his new book, Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics, at the Museum of the City of New York at a session chaired by Krishnendu Ray at 6:30 pm. Information is here and the ticketing link is here. This is a preview of the museum’s forthcoming exhibit, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate (opening September 16) and is co-presented by MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink).
Happy Food Day!
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) launched Food Day yesterday with a splendid lunch right in the middle of Times Square. I got to be one of the lucky eaters.
The purpose of Food Day is to promote discussion of critical issues in agriculture, food, nutrition, and health. Its goals:
- Promote healthy eating.
- Support sustainable farms.
- Expand access to food and alleviate hunger.
- Reform factory farms.
- Curb junk-food marketing to kids.
For half an hour, it got big-time billboard coverage.
The lunch was nutritionally correct and quite delicious, thanks to Ellie Krieger who did the menus and is posed here with Mario Batali.
Tom Farley, director of New York City’s Health Department, gave the opening speech with updates on his department’s new “cut down on sodas” campaign. For example: One soda a day translates to 50 pounds of sugar a year, and you have to walk three miles to burn off the calories in one 20-ounce soda! He’s here with Michael Jacobson who has directed CSPI since the early 1970s.
Tom Chapin sang from his album for kids, “give peas a chance.”
It was all anyone needed to be inspired to join the food movement and sign up for the food day campaign!
Later addition: Mike Jacobson sent this one with Morgan Spurlock.