Good Food in Action

Good Food in Action: Farmers Market Chefs – Harvest Homes Market – Queens/Bronx/Brooklyn, NY

“Good Food in Action” highlights current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunities in food-based non-profits around the world.

Here is this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: Harvest Home Markets

Volunteer Opportunity: Farmers Market Cooking Demonstrations

Location: Various in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, New York

Start Date: ASAP

Time Commitment:  Variable

Organization Overview:

Harvest Home Farmers’ Market is an NYC non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access  to local, farm-fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods.  Founded in 1993, the markets create a community gathering place that educates the public about health and nutrition, supports regional Magliette Calcio A Poco Prezzo agriculture and provides job opportunities six days a week during the summer season. Harvest Home Farmers’ Markets currently operates markets in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens and accepts Food Stamp/EBT cards, Women Infant and Children Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupons (FMNP), Senior Coupons and Health Bucks.

Volunteer Overview:

Volunteers are needed to work with kids and families at various market locations to introduce consumers to the benefits of fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables. This is a great opportunity to work with community members in a hands-on setting.

To Apply: Fill out their online application or or email an electronic copy to info@harvesthomefm.org. For further details email diana@spoonsacrossamerica.org with “Harvest Home” in the subject line.

Good Food in Action: Teaching Kitchen Culinary Intern – Edible Schoolyard – New Orleans, LA

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunity within in the organization. These posts are great for CulinaryCorps alumni looking to engage after a trip as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community.

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: Edible Schoolyard NOLA

Volunteer Opportunity: Teaching Kitchen Culinary Intern (unpaid)

Location: New Orleans, LA

Start Date: August 1, 2011- December 16, 2011

Time Commitment:   Approximately 20-25 hours per week, generally Monday-Thursday with some Fridays, weekends, and evening commitments as needed.

Organization Overview:

Edible Schoolyard NOLA changes the way kids eat, learn and live at FirstLine Schools in New Orleans. Our goal is to improve the long-term well being of our students, families and school community. We do this through a comprehensive seed-to-table experience that integrates hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school learning experience, culture and cafeteria food programs of the schools we serve.

The Edible Teaching Kitchen is an inviting, hands-on kitchen classroom where cooking and seasonal food tastings are the lesson of the day. Incorporating ingredients from our very own garden and local farms, every grade level utilizes the kitchen as a way to bring abstract concepts from the http://www.magliettedacalcioit.com classroom to life and the table. Our youngest kindergarten students participate in Food ABC classes in which they sample a variety of fresh foods. By the time they reach middle school our students have eaten their history and are cooking alongside local chefs for events such as our annual Iron Chef competition.

Volunteer Overview:

The Culinary Intern is a quarterly or semester-long position designed for someone with a strong culinary background who is interested in exploring a program that uses seasonal cooking classes to promote childhood nutrition in a variety of engaging ways.  She/he will participate in a variety of hands-on cooking classes in the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans teaching kitchen as a support teacher to assist the Table Leader with small group instruction.  This position will also have a large role in washing, storing, and preparing Cheap NFL Jerseys ingredients from the garden, farmers’ markets, and local grocers for use in cooking classes.  Additionally, this position will manage all day-to-day operations in the kitchen including maintaining refrigerator and dry storage inventories, creating first-in, first-out procedures, creating and coordinating daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedules, coordinating volunteers for special cleaning projects in the kitchen, and communicating any supply needs to the chef teachers.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and (3) professional references to april@esynola.org

Good Food in Action: Volunteer Wellness Chef – United Friends of Children – Whittier, CA

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunity within in the organization. These posts are great for CulinaryCorps alumni looking to engage after a trip as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community.

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: United Friends of the Children

Volunteer Opportunity: Wellness Chef

Location: Whittier, CA

Start Date: June 2011

Time Commitment: One Tuesday per month, approximately 4-8 pm

Organization Overview:

United Friends of the Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to http://www.troakley.com/ become successful, independent adults. Through our programs, advocacy efforts, and direct involvement with youth, UFC seeks to be a catalyst for change.

Volunteer Overview:

Volunteers with a culinary background or interest are needed to prepare meals for United Friends of the Children’s Pathways residents living in transitional housing sites in Whittier. Volunteer Wellness Chefs will be asked to make a monthly commitment (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Tuesday), shop for cheap oakley supplies, and prepare a nutritious dinner for 25-30 foster youth and program staff on Tuesday evenings, as part of the Life Skills seminars. To educate our youth on nutritious meals, Chefs will be asked to a share recipe and make a short (5 minute) presentation from the prepared meal.

The Wellness Chefs will have access to the Pathways edible garden (located at the Whittier site), and receive the opportunity to participate in our annual Cultivate LA fundraiser. Cultivate LA brings together the finest Los Angeles restaurants, specialty food vendors, and wine makers from throughout California at one of LA’s most scenic private estates. This year’s event will celebrate the food diversity of cheap oakley sunglasses Los Angeles, with a focus on street food culture. The Wellness Chef position will work with Pathways youth on having a booth at the event, and preparing a creative dish to serve guests. Volunteers will receive two free tickets to attend the event (a $350 value).

To Apply:  Karine Kadyan, Volunteer Coordinator, karine@unitedfriend.org, 213.975.1408 to sign up for an orientation and interview.

Congratulations Farestart! 2011 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year

Our warmest congratulations to FareStart, the non-profit organization recently named 2011 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year. Their efforts in creating culinary job training and placement opportunities for homeless and disadvantaged individuals is truly inspirational.

They are always looking for cooks in their contract kitchen. Volunteer today!

From the Farestart website:

“The James Beard Humanitarian award is a fantastic honor that we at FareStart are humbled to receive,” commented FareStart Executive Director, Megan Karch, who accepted the award from presenters Tom Douglas and Chris Canlis at the awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 9. “It has always been our mission to empower homeless and disadvantaged individuals while creating nourishing and excellent food. To be cheap oakley sunglasses recognized by the food industry is not only exciting, it’s a confirmation of something we’ve known all along — the power of community. For nearly 20 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for more than 5,000 people to transform their lives through culinary job training and placement. By awarding us with this prestigious distinction, it is clear that the James Beard Foundation understands the transformative and community-building power of food.”

Good Food in Action: Cooking Summer School Instructor – New York, NY

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunity within in the organization. These posts are great for CulinaryCorps alumni looking to engage after a trip as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community.

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: Seeds in the Middle

Volunteer Opportunity: Cooking Summer School Instructor

Location: New York, New York

Start Date: Summer 2011

Time Commitment: Varies

Organization Overview:

Seeds in the Middle, named by fourth graders in central Brooklyn, inspires parents, educators, students and their community to access all the opportunities New York City has to offer, beginning with improving their health, enhancing arts education and greening their cheap oakley sunglasses environment. We are joyful, respectful, educational and engaging.  Seeds in the Middle inspires parents, educators, students and their community to access all the opportunities New York City has to offer, beginning with improving their health, enhancing arts education and greening their environment.

Volunteer Overview:

Seeds in the Middle is currently seeking volunteers to conduct culinary classes as part of its mission to inspire and promote access to healthy choices for at-risk, low-income communities fighting obesity, heart disease, diabetes and limited access to all the elements needed to promote well-being. Classes will run on different schedules throughout the summer.

To Apply: Please contact Nancie Katz at seedsinthemiddle@gmail.com.

Good Food in Action: CSA Cooking Demonstrations – New York, NY

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunity within in the organization. These posts are great for CulinaryCorps alumni looking to engage after a trip as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community.

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: Holton Farms

Volunteer Opportunity: CSA Cooking Demonstrations

Location: New York, New York

Start Date: June 4th (ends mid-October)

Time Commitment:  1 hour every Saturday throughout the summer

Organization Overview:

Holton Farms, located in Westminster, Vermont, produces a diverse selection of food including organic and conventional vegetables, herbs and fruits, grass fed beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, eggs, maple syrup and honey.

Volunteer Overview:

Holton Farms will be serving two New York City Housing Authority residences with CSA shares this summer in an effort to bring affordable, fresh food to NYCHA residents. The farm is seeking volunteers to perform hour-long food demonstrations using the weekly ingredients from the http://www.oakleyonorder.com/ CSA at the weekly drop-off. Volunteers can commit to hour long shifts between the hours of 10am and 1pm on any Saturday starting on June 4th through the end of October. The CSA will be held at the Robert S. Fulton Houses on 16th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues in Manhattan. This is an excellent opportunity to serve the community and work on demonstration skills.

To Apply: Please contact Holton Farms co-owner Jurrien Swarts at jurrien@holtonfarms.com.

Good Food In Action: Chef Instructor – Olivewood Gardens, National City, CA

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunity within in the organization. These posts are great for CulinaryCorps alumni looking to engage after a trip as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community.

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: Olivewood Gardens

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer Chef Instructor

Location: National City, California

Start Date: Flexible

Time Commitment:  Flexible

Organization Overview:

Olivewood Gardens is a unique 6.85-acre property and is a destination primarily for students and families from underserved communities.  We are a team of mostly volunteers including chefs and food professionals that donate their time to teach hands-on cooking classes and master gardeners, scientists, and educators that volunteer as field instructors to teach gardening classes.

Volunteer Overview:

Olivewood Gardens provides standards-based in science and nutrition education, lessons in sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship.  At Olivewood Gardens children and parents explore connections between plants, history, science, art, literature, math, and nutrition where http://www.raybani.com/ learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a demonstration kitchen.  Fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested for nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations, and environmental education workshops.  Learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a kitchen.

To Apply:  Fill out their online volunteer application or contact Michelle Cox, Education Program Coordinator at  michelle@olivewoodgardens.org

Good Food in Action: Chef Instructor – Sylvia Center, New York, New York

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culinary” volunteer opportunity within in the organization.  The purpose of these posts is to provide a resource for those looking to do service in the interim between CulinaryCorps trips. These are especially useful for CulinaryCorps alumni as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community right away!

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: The Sylvia Center

Volunteer Opportunity: Guest Chef Instructor for Children

Location: New York, New York

Start Date: April 11th and April 13th from 6pm – 7:30pm

Time Commitment:  Two dates and times above

Organization Overview:

The Sylvia Center (TSC) is a garden-to-table program that inspires young people to discover good nutrition through thoughtful, direct experiences with seasonal fruits and vegetables, on the farm and in the kitchen. Through these programs, children come to understand what food is, how it is grown, and, perhaps most important, that they themselves can choose to make good food for their own bodies.

Volunteer Overview:

The Sylvia Center is seeking a guest chef to volunteer to teach two classes to children. The classes will be held on April 11th and April 13th from 6pm – 7:30pm at the center’s Hudson Street Ray Ban outlet location in NYC. The Sylvia Center’s goal is to inspire children to eat well.  Chef should be ready to teach children new flavor profiles, focusing on a specific cuisine. Ideally, chef will prepare either plant-based food or use a seafood protein. Two assistants will be available to help the chef.

To Apply:  Those interested in volunteering should contact Hollie Greene at hollie.greene@sylviacenter.org or (212)337-6075.

 

Good Food in Action: La Cocina, San Francisco, CA

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culinary” volunteer opportunity within in the organization.  The purpose of these posts is to provide a resource for those looking to do service in the interim between CulinaryCorps trips. These are especially useful for CulinaryCorps alumni as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community right away!

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: La Cocina

Volunteer Opportunity: Technical Assitance Provider in the Incubator Kitchen

Location: San Francisco, CA

Start Date: Recruiting Now

Time Commitment:  Flexible

Organization Overview:

The mis­sion of La Cocina is to cul­ti­vate low-income food entre­pre­neurs as they for­mal­ize and grow their busi­nesses by pro­vid­ing afford­able com­mer­cial maglie calcio poco prezzo kitchen space, industry-specific tech­ni­cal assis­tance and access to mar­ket oppor­tu­ni­ties. We focus pri­mar­ily on women from com­mu­ni­ties of color and immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties. Our vision is that entre­pre­neurs will become eco­nom­i­cally self-sufficient and con­tribute to a vibrant econ­omy doing what they love to do.

San Francisco’s First Incu­ba­tor Kitchen La Cocina is a ground-breaking busi­ness incu­ba­tor designed to reduce the obsta­cles that often pre­vent entre­pre­neurs from cre­at­ing suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able small busi­nesses.  By pro­vid­ing shared resources and an array of industry-specific ser­vices, busi­ness incu­ba­tors ensure small busi­nesses can succeed.

Volunteer Overview:

Tech­ni­cal assis­tance providers will offer indus­try– spe­cific assis­tance in areas of exper­tise. Exam­ples may include tax prepa­ra­tion, graphic design, recipe cost­ing, brand­ing and so more. These vol­un­teers pro­vide ser­vices at their con­ve­nience, and La Cocina will match pro­gram Cheap NFL Jerseys par­tic­i­pants with these providers when the ser­vices are offered.

We have found that one-on-one inter­ac­tion often yields the great­est rewards, though we also wel­come any work­shops or activ­i­ties that might be bet­ter exe­cuted in a group.

To Apply: Fill out a volunteer form or contact info@lacocinasf.org

 

[Many thanks to David Clemmons from Voluntourism.org for the lead!]

Give the Gift of The Gulf Coast

We hold a tremendous amount of love in our hearts for the enduring folks that call the Mississippi Gulf Coast their home.  So when we heard NPR’s recent report on the lingering traumatic effects of BP oil spill, we were reminded to do something, anything, to help our friends during this holiday season.

Inspired by the White House purchase of 2,000 pounds of Gulf Coast seafood for the holidays, we reached out to our friends in both Louisiana and Mississippi to ask for leads.  Perhaps a fisherman we could buy those sweet shrimp from?  Or an oysterman who could ship some Gulf Coast beauties our way?

A few days later, we have cobbled Oakley Sunglasses cheap together the following ideas.  If you have not yet crossed off everyone on your gift list,  please consider giving your loved one, friend, or colleague a little taste of the Gulf Coast.  We can promise that dollars spent here really do make a difference.

SO WHY NOT…

Indulge them with a few pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp from Anna Marie Seafood

Shrimper Lance Nacio hails from bayou country southwest of New Orleans near Dulac, Louisiana. Driven by his mission to “provide the American public with quality wild caught free range shrimp free of any antibiotics caught fresh in water off the coast of Louisiana, Lance has joined forces with Bluewater Shrimp Company, utilizing their prime location and “state of the art” Individual Quick Freezing machinery http://www.oakleyonorder.com/ to lock in the freshness of each individual shrimp. The I.Q.F. process flash freezes each shrimp in their original state of freshness.

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Dazzle them with a gift certificate for jumbo lump crab meat from Four Winds Seafood

Ray Brandhurst has only wanted to be a shrimper his whole life. He grew up in Orleans Parish and spent his childhood around the Rigolets (French for gutter or trench) on shrimp docks. Perhaps it’s in his blood. Shrimping stretches back over seven generations in his family. In the 1700s, his ancestors were fishermen in the Basque region of Spain.
For over five-years, his wife and business partner Kay has been a star vendor at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Prior to each Market day, she meets Ray at the dock where he unloads fresh and IQF (Individual Quick Frozen) shrimp and bycatch (the calamari and finfish that also get scooped up by the trauling nets). With ice chests loaded onto their delivery truck, Kay heads to the farmers market with products to dazzle the food-obsessed shoppers.

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Spoil them with a couple dozen Gulf Coast oysters from Crystal Seas

Established in 1996, Crystal Seas Seafood is a family owned business that has built an unrivaled reputation as a leader in the seafood industry.  Crystal cheap oakley sunglasses Seas Seafood is located in Pass Christian on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As well as supplying restaurants, Crystal Seas is also a fixture at local farmers markets.

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Inspire them with the P&J Oyster Cookbook

Founded in 1876, P&J oyster has been selling seafood for over 125 years! Family owned and located in the French Quarter, P&J is the oldest continually operating dealer of oysters in the United States.

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Or make them the hippest cat in town with a Crescent City Farmers Market  “I Love Brown Shrimp” T-Shirt

100% of the proceeds benefit the market and their ongoing campaigns including The White Boot Brigade, an offshoot program promoting the welfare and livelihoods of small scale shrimp and seafood fishermen throughout the Gulf Coast.

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NEW ADDITIONS 12/6/2010!

Thanks to everyone who wrote in with these great finds…

A dapper pelican tie from NOLA Couture

A symbol of our home, Louisiana, and a classic look throughout the year, our Pelican tie is the perfect addition to your tie collection. $5 from the sale of each Pelican tie will go to the Audubon Institute’s Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

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Another super stylish tee thanks to the folks at Threadless

All proceeds from the sale of “PeliCAN” will be donated to Gulf Restoration Network. The ink was graciously donated by Sharprint and both designers donated their payment as well.

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A pelican nightlight from Uncommon Goods

Help light the path to Gulf Coast wildlife relief with this fundraising night light. Devastated by the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on local shore birds, Florida-based husband and wife team Vawn and Mike Grayanswered with an artistic call to action in partnership with UncommonGoods: ten percent of the proceeds from each Louisiana Brown Pelican night light and the Sandpiper night light benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.

Fueled by a tireless team of on-call biologists, veterinarians, chemists and volunteers, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Researchhas been rehabilitating injured, orphaned and oiled wildlife since 1976.

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“Fragile State” Pearl and Oyster Pendant by Jose Balli

Two oysters in the shape of cheap oakleys Louisiana with a white pearl representing the sun and hope for a better tomorrow. The pendant also has two oysters on the reverse side. 25% of proceeds will be donated to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

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And one more poignant “Rescue Me” shirt from Fluerty Girl

A Collaborative effort with Fleurty Girl and Audubon Institute’s Louisiana Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Program. LMMSTRP is the only Organization Authorized to Rescue Oil Spill Marine Animals in Louisiana. We have teamed up with Audubon Institute’s LMMSTRP to do a limited-edition shirt with 100% of the net proceeds going straight to LMMSTRP.This shirt is on 100% combed organic cotton and printed using soy oil-based inks. No petroleum products were used for the printing of this shirt.

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