City Harvest, a wonderful organization seeking to fight hunger in New York City, approached us with the opportunity to donate a gift for their goodie bags at this year's Bid Against Hunger dinner. The dinner will take place this evening, Oct. 19th, with the hope of raising money through an auction.
This prompted some further research into what City Harvest was all about, as up until then I was unfamiliar with them. Their website, www.cityharvest.org, is full of information on the organization, ways to help, and some staggering facts on the harsh realities of hunger in New York City.
Some key statistics they list:
"1.5 million New Yorkers currently live in poverty, struggling to afford basic necessities such as rent and medical care and put food on their tables.
City Harvest helps feed over 260,000 people each week.
We rescue nearly 77,000 pounds of food each day.
We regularly give food to nearly 600 community programs.
It costs City Harvest 23 cents to rescue a pound of food.
In our first month, City Harvest served 55 community food programs in New York City. Today we help feed people at nearly 600 programs. Our goal is to grow our operations to address the demand for emergency food." (http://www.cityharvest.org/hunger-in-nyc/hunger-statistics)
Visit their site to find out how you or your business can help by donating your money, food, or time. Or educate yourself on the multi-layered challenges of hunger and poverty and how they are integrally tied with diabetes and obesity.
I recently came across this entry on Beautiful Life displaying the work of photographer Fulvio Bonavia. These handbags and accessories look good enough to eat!
I was captured by the artist's innovation as well as flawless execution. Each shot was created completely will real food. Click the photograph below to see more, or visit Fulvio Bonavia's site for his complete portfolio.
Check out today's New York Times' review of pimenton - also known as Spanish Paprika! I think we'll have to send the writer, John Willoughby, a taste of our didi davis food Smoked Spicy Paprika Salt! If he's a fan of smoked Spanish paprika by itself, he'll go wild over our salt blend!
Visit Salt Traders to get your hands on your own jar of this smoky, full flavored finishing salt - try our plain variety or our spicy for a subtle kick!
I like it best sprinkled over eggs, home fries, or grilled chicken!
Didi and I met the Cape Ann Brewing Co. Fishermen (Tom and TJ) for the first time at this year's New England Food Show in Boston. You couldn't miss these two, clad in their trademark orange fisherman overalls. It's evident upon meeting them that they love what they do. Taste a sip of any of Cape Ann's beers and you'll see why. The beer is simply fantastic.
They stopped by our booth and surveyed the gourmet sea salt blends and sugar blends we had laid out for tasting. Within minutes ideas were swirling as they contemplated different pairings with their beers and our sugars. Our Orange Ginger Sugar with their Bavarian Wheat beer - perfection! We supplied them with sugar to rim their samples for the remainder of the show.
TJ had further plans for the Orange Ginger Sugar. He immediately started brainstorming about using it in a white beer that would feature flavors of orange and coriander. It was decided a batch would be made at their next Home Brew Night.
Living on the Northshore in MA has its its perks, but I'm beginning to think that one of the best perks is having access to the Cape Ann Brewing Co. brew pub. Stop by almost any night of the week and there is some great event going on - whether it be Trivia Night, Shuffleboard, or Knitting. My favorite night is Monday's Home Brewing with TJ.
The setting is super laid back - you bring a pint of your favorite beer to the back room and take part in learning how to do a home brew. TJ does a great job of teaching you as he goes - even letting you help out by stirring a pot or tossing in hops.
The highlight for me was adding in 2 lbs of our didi davis food Orange Ginger Sugar to that night's batch, aptly named "Didi's Wit" (wit for "witbier"). The smell was divine - the citrus from the orange juice and peel, followed by the spicy ginger. It wouldn't be ready for several weeks, as it needed to ferment as well as be carbonated.
However, we were able to sample other beers that were in process from previous Home Brewings - a favorite of mine being their "Pick Ale" that features cucumbers. It tasted like summer in a glass.
Two weeks have since gone by, and Didi's Wit is available on tap - TODAY! Didi and I are just now heading out to Gloucester to taste - so if you are in the area, stop by for a visit!
Follow the link to www.thetakeaway.org to listen to today's radio segment. Contributor Kathy Gunst suggests didi davis food's handcrafted Salt and Sugar Blends as a great holiday gift your friends are sure to love!
Click the "Listen" link at the top left of the page.
Himalayan Pink Salt Himalayan Pink Salt is a pure, strikingly beautiful dark pink salt. The dark pink salt, unlike the ubiquitous lighter Himalayan Pink Salt varieties, can only be found in a few mines in Pakistan. This natural salt looks as beautiful on food as it does on your table in a bowl, a salt shaker, or salt mill.
Danish Viking-Smoked Salt Danish Viking-Smoked Salt is made in a style devised by the Vikings, thanks to the efforts of one man in Denmark, who took it upon himself to rekindle this millennium-old tradition.
Bali Sea Salt Choose from varying textures of Bali Sea Salt - fine grain or pyramids. Both offer a delightful crunch and satisfying sea salt taste.