Cambridge Food Day Oct. 24 Celebrates Healthy, Affordable and Sustainably Produced Food


10/12/2012

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Cambridge will be at the forefront of Food Day activities in Massachusetts with a weeklong schedule of daily public food events, culminating on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Join us for a presentation of the documentary film In Organic We Trust Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., at Cambridge Public Library, followed by a panel discussion with Emily Broad, Professor at Harvard Law School; Andrew Gunther, President of Animal Welfare Approved; and Melissa Kogut, Executive Director of the Chef’s Collaborative. The panel will be moderated by Louisa Kasdon, Founder of Let’s Talk about Food and food Editor of The Phoenix. Celebrate Cambridge Food Day with a presentation of the documentary film "In Organic We Trust" Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., at Cambridge Public Library, followed by a panel discussion with Emily Broad, Professor at Harvard Law School; Andrew Gunther, President of Animal Welfare Approved; and Melissa Kogut, Executive Director of the Chef’s Collaborative. The panel will be moderated by Louisa Kasdon, Founder of Let’s Talk about Food and Food Editor of The Phoenix.

Cambridge Food Day Committee Co-Chairs Mayor Henrietta Davis and Gail Willet are pleased to announce the Inaugural Year of Cambridge’s Food Day Heroes. The award, to be given annually, honors Cambridge individuals and organizations with a lasting and significant commitment to the fair, healthy and sustainable food culture in the city. The Mayor will present the awards at a public reception at Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge Saturday, Oct. 20.

Cambridge will be at the forefront of Food Day activities in Massachusetts with a weeklong schedule of daily public food events, culminating on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The week kicks off with a fundraiser for Food for Free, “Under the Harvest Moon”, on Friday October 19, from 6-10 p.m., at the Walker Memorial Building, MIT.   Other events include cooking classes and demos, market tours with nutritionists, film screenings and panels, community potlucks and more. A full schedule of events in Cambridge can be found on the Food Day website (www. Foodday.org).

More information, and links to the Cambridge Food Day Facebook page, can be found on the Mayor’s web page.

Food Day is a nationwide annual celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, orchestrated by the Washington-based non-profit, Center for Science in the Public Interest .  Food Day is modeled on the early days of Earth Day where communities all over America chose unique ways to observe a day of caring for the environment. Similarly, Food Day organizers hope to inspire and empower grassroots Food Day events, small and large, in every city and town. This is the second annual celebration of Food Day.

In announcing the 2012 Food Heroes Mayor Davis said, “Food Day is a great day for Cambridge. Across the country and here at home, there’s a growing enthusiasm for local and sustainably grown food. In our city, we especially want to make sure that good food is available to everybody-- that residents of all ages and incomes have access to fresh and healthy meals.”

In this Inaugural year, Mayor Davis explained that a volunteer committee selected the 2012 Food Day honorees. In the future, nominations will be solicited from the public and will cover a broad spectrum of categories including food activists, chefs, educators, community leaders, academic leaders, and researchers, writers and authors. A Cambridge Food Hero must either live or work in Cambridge.

The 2012 Cambridge Food Heroes are:

* David Leslie, Executive Director of Food for Free from 2004-2012, now retired;

* Steve Johnson, Chef-Owner of Rendezvous in Central Square, one of the founders of the Chefs Collaborative and the first chef in Cambridge with a rooftop kitchen garden;

* Josefine Wendel, MS, RD, School Nutrition Coordinator, and Dawn Olcott, MS, School Nutritionist. Both Dawn and Josefine are based at the Cambridge Public Health Department. In addition to their work in the Cambridge Public Schools, Josefine Wendel coordinates Let’s Move Cambridge and the Cambridge Community Transformation Grant. Dawn Olcott facilitates the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council.

* Maryellen Carvello, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager and Weight Watchers Coordinator for Cambridge City Hall;

* Jane Hirschi, Founding Director of City Sprouts. City Sprouts is a nonprofit organization providing sustainable schoolyard gardens and environmental education for the entire Cambridge Public School District.

 

 

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