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Kingston Food Co-op Finds A Space

Dec 28, 2019
Courtesy of Chris Acosta

In New York, a community grocery store in the planning stages has found a home in a former car dealership in Kingston.

The WCI Film Festival in Albany, New York features “Food on Film.” Their Food Symposium will be held November 7 on UAlbany’s Downtown Campus. Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business owners, and professors.

Then, from November 8-10 at The Linda they will screen a diverse selection of international films, short lectures, open discussions, artistic creations, and other events including Tony Shalhoub, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and star of "Wings," "Monk," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and "Big Night," who will be the keynote guest.

Professor Rae Muhlstock of the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program at the University at Albany is the festival organizer.

Reflecting Pool at Saratoga Spa State Park
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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has completely reimagined their Saratoga Wine and Food Festival – happening this coming weekend. The festival will feature a collaboration between renowned regional chefs and international culinary talent including UK farm-to-table chefs.

Adding to the ambiance of the festival will be a sculpture garden presented by The Hyde Collection featuring works by artist John Van Alstine, considered one of America’s most important sculptors, in addition to live music curated by Caffè Lena, and photographic works of art created from compostables by Terri-Lynn Pellegri.

The festival is set around the Spa State Park reflecting pool, slated for October 4-5. We are joined by President & CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center Elizabeth Sobol and Caffè Lena Executive Director Sarah Craig.

Melons are among the world’s most important vegetable crops. The new book "The Melon" is produced by Amy Goldman in collaboration with celebrated photographer Victor Schrager over the course of nine years. "The Melon" follows "Melons for the Passionate Grower," published in 2002. In the intervening years, Goldman has grown as a gardener and has learned a lot more. She has taken advantage of recent research findings that informed her thinking on crop history and best cultural practices.

Amy Goldman is a gardener, author, artist, and well-known advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Her mission is to celebrate and catalogue the magnificent diversity of standard, open-pollinated varieties, and to promote their conservation.

Amy Goldman will be at The Rhinebeck Farmers Market on Sunday, September 15 signing her book and discussing melon.

The Annual Washington County Cheese Tour with Wine and Beer is taking place - September 8 and 9 in Washington County, New York.

Several creative farmstead cheese makers, brewers and vineyards in Washington County will open their farms and businesses to the public. At each farm, guests will sample specially selected cheeses, wine and beer while experiencing first hand the region’s long-standing cheese making traditions reaching back to the nineteenth century.

We welcome Marge Randles from Argyle Cheese Farmer, Rich and Kelley Taylor from R.S. Taylor and Sons Brewing, and Gerry Barnhart from Victory View Vineyard.

Iliana Regan is a self-taught chef. She is the founder and owner of the Michelin-starred “new gatherer” restaurant Elizabeth and the Japanese-inspired pub Kitsune, both located in Chicago.

She was a little girl who longed to be a boy, gay in an intolerant community, an alcoholic before she turned twenty, and a woman in an industry dominated by men. She often felt she “wasn’t made for this world,” and as far as she could tell, the world tended to agree.

By the late nineteenth century, Americans rich and poor had come to expect high-quality fresh beef with almost every meal. Beef production in the United States had gone from small-scale, localized operations to a highly centralized industry spanning the country, with cattle bred on ranches in the rural West, slaughtered in Chicago, and consumed in the nation’s rapidly growing cities.

"Red Meat Republic," by Joshua Specht, tells the remarkable story of the violent conflict over who would reap the benefits of this new industry and who would bear its heavy costs.

On Saturday, July 13, Little Falls will welcome thousands of visitors for food and fun at the city’s fifth annual Cheese Festival. The event will run the length of Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring over 80 New York-based food vendors, the festival has quickly become New York State’s premier gathering of cheesemakers.

The event will feature over 120 different types of cheeses, spanning a variety of hard cheeses, goat cheeses, spreadable cheeses, yogurts, cheese curds and more, with many of the vendors bringing new products to the festival this year. To complement those cheeses, numerous New York-based gourmet food and craft beverage vendors will also be attending, offering everything from bread, wine, and cider to honey, mead, and pickles.

To tell us more, we welcome Suzie Jones of Jones Family Farm, Sharon Tomaselli of the Cooperstown Cheese Company, and Marge Randles of Argyle Cheese Farmer.

Ruth Reichl is an award-winning journalist, honored with six James Beard Awards for her journalism, magazine feature writing, and criticism. Her latest book, “Save Me the Plums,” chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine. The book is also a commentary on the revolutionary world of food from 1999 to 2009.

From awkward schoolgirl to Caterer to the Stars, Mary Giuliani has gathered together a collection of hilarious memories, from professional growing pains to her long journey to motherhood, never losing her sense of humor and her love for everyone's favorite party food, pigs in a blanket.

Her new book is “Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites.”

Today, Comfort Food Community is launching their 6th annual "Give Hunger the Boot" campaign. The community-wide campaign will raise funds in support of the non-profit organization based in Greenwich. All proceeds will directly benefit CFC’s program offering including: the Greenwich and Cossayuna Food Pantries, the Yes! Backpack Program in partnership with Greenwich Central School, the Greenwich Community Garden and the Fresh Food Collective.

On Sunday, June 2, the Annual CFC Classic Car Show will be held at the Greenwich VFW from 12-4 p.m.

Proceeds from both events will go directly to Comfort Food Community. We are joined by Devin Bulger, Executive Director of Comfort Food Community and Amanda Willetts, Classic Car Show Event Manager.

Deanna Fox is an award-winning food and agriculture journalist who writes for the Times Union, The Daily Gazette, USA Today, The Washington Post, Beer Advocate, Eater, The Kitchn and many more.

She is also the owner of Albany Cooking School, which hosts cooking classes inside of Different Drummer's Kitchen in Albany, NY.

This morning she joins us for a bonus Book Picks – her list features all cookbooks.

Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store - the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

Through analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, "Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants" makes a case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements.

Jon Steinman has studied and worked with all things food for over two decades. He was the producer and host of the syndicated radio show and podcast "Deconstructing Dinner."

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The Camphill Hudson Players will be performing their second original comedy, "Food Talks," at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY on April 12th. Camphill is an in-residence program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Director Jody Brookes devised the show with the help of the Players. Each short vignette focuses on different aspects of food systems in Columbia County, such as food waste or the struggles around healthy eating. Jody joins us along with Camphill Hudson Director Nathan McLaughlin.

At the ninth annual Capital Region Canstruction design/build competition, talented teams of architects, designers, builders, engineers, and college and university students will join forces to create innovative “Disney”-inspired structures, featuring scenes from Disney classics, modern day favorites and all including a little bit of magic.

The structures will be made entirely of canned food, instead of bricks, stone, glass and other traditional building materials. Benefitting The Food Pantries for the Capital District, these structures will be on display at the New York State Museum March 27-April 10.

This year’s participants are challenged to break a local record of 104,000 pounds of food collected in addition to monetary donations to support local food pantries. To tell us more – we welcome Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director at Food Pantries for the Capital District and Sara Stein, President of Capital Region Canstruction and Architect at EYP.

In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

In "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming," David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await: food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe.

David Wallace-Wells is a national fellow at the New America foundation and a columnist and deputy editor at New York magazine.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is now presenting the critically acclaimed exhibition “Like Sugar,” which explores the problematic and joyful aspects of sugar from multiple points of view to broaden our understanding of how the multi-layered substance affects us.

Tonight (Monday, March 4), in conjunction with the exhibition, the Tang’s Accelerator Series of talks on urgent issues is presenting “Food Futures—Food Justice, Sustainability, and Well-Being” with special guests Kate Daughdrill, an artist and urban farmer from Detroit; Anthony Hatch, a Wesleyan University professor whose book “Blood Sugar” critiques how scientists and drug companies use race and ethnicity; and Leah Penniman, a farmer, activist and author from Grafton, New York.

In the studio with us today to tell us all about the exhibition and tonight’s event are Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, and Rachel Seligman, the Malloy Curator and a co-organizer of the “Like Sugar” exhibition.

Acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright will perform at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York on Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m. Wright’s interpretations of American music bring depth and vibrancy to her original songs and compositions by other great songwriters.

Her song “Lean In” from the album “Freedom & Surrender” landed on President Barack Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist. Her latest album is entitled “Grace.” In addition to creating and performing music, Lizz Wright is the cafe manager at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center in the Southside of Chicago, Illinois.

Food is supposed to sustain and nourish us. Eating well, any doctor will tell you, is the best way to take care of yourself. Feeding well, any human will tell you, is the most important job a mother has. But for too many of us, food now feels dangerous. Perhaps we parse every bite we eat as good or bad, and judge our own worth accordingly.

When her newborn daughter stopped eating after a medical crisis, Virginia Sole-Smith spent two years teaching her how to feel safe around food again ― and in the process, realized just how many of us are struggling to do the same thing.

Her new book, "The Eating Instinct," looks at our modern food culture. And she looks to answer the questions: How did we learn to eat this way? Why is it so hard to feel good about food? And how can we make it better?

Virginia Sole-Smith will be at The Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, January 19 at 7 p.m.

The new book, "Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food" is the story of an immigrant spoken through food, photography, and flavors from Nik Sharma's two worlds India and America. There are few books that provide home cooks a new way to cook and think about flavor, but even fewer that do it with the clarity and charm of Nik Sharma.

"Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food" offers 100 delicious and intriguing new recipes, plus 270 beautiful pictures of food. Nik is the beloved curator of award-winning food blog, "A Brown Table." 

Hudson Valley Vegfest debuted in September of 2017, bringing in 2500 people -- and now they are doing it again – November 3-4 in Poughkeepsie, New York.

We welcome co-founder of Hudson Valley Vegfest, co-founder of the Institute for Animal Happiness, long-time activist for social causes, and musician, Rebecca Moore and co-producer of Hudson Valley Vegfest, co-founder of the Institute for Animal Happiness, and worker on humane education and various publishing initiatives, Brian Normoyle.

Cookbook writer Julia Turshen shows that making a full meal doesn't need to be difficult or expensive.  "Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas For Reinventing Leftovers "  explores the way leftovers create an open door to fun and inventive cooking. Turshen provides inspiration and all of the necessary information to gather a large group of friends and family for a home-cooked meal.

Julia Turshen is the best-selling author of "Feed The Resistance" named the best cookbook of 2017 and "Small Victories" named one of the best cook books of 2016 by The New York Times and NPR.  Joining us today is Julia Turshen.

Garlic bulbs with faces drawn on them
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Let’s celebrate garlic! It is the 30th anniversary of the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am till 6 pm and on Sunday, September 30th from 10 am till 5 pm.

Follow your nose to Cantine Field in Saugerties, NY for acres of garlic farmers selling this year’s harvest, food vendors with scrumptious garlic offerings (including garlic ice cream and coffee!) and craft vendors galore. There will be day-long entertainment and special demos by chefs and garlic growers.

This morning we welcome Festival Chairperson Richard Kappler and Publicity Committee member Pat Praetorius.

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of "Havana," "Cod," "Salt," "Paper," "The Basque History of the World," "1968," and "The Big Oyster," among other titles. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award.

Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.

Kurlansky will be part of the Food Panel discussion at the Albany Book Festival at the University at Albany on September 29th from 11 a.m. to noon in the Campus Center Ballroom.  

Four Fat Fowl is an Artisan Creamery committed to making locally-sourced, handcrafted cheeses of the finest quality. The family operation is based in Stephentown, a small town in Rensselaer County, NY. 

Shaleena Bridgham joins us now to share more about the company’s story and, of course, more about their cheese.

Andrea Barnet’s new book "Visionary Women" tells the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women, linked not by friendship or field but by their choice to break with convention, showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.

Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.

Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history.

Mountain One Bank Community Dividend Program partnered with WAMC during our Winter 2018 Fund Drive to help Berkshire Food Project.

Dick Alcombright, Mountain One Community Dividend Program VP of Local Business and Customer Relations and Kim McMann, Executive Director of Berkshire Food Project join us.

There was a recording mishap with this live interview. It begins with Kim McMann describing how Berkshire Food Project started.

The second annual “Brew U” is on tap for Saturday, October 7th at The Egg in the Student Commons at the Culinary Institute of America’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Brew U is an exciting beer festival that will combine sampling from top breweries - including the Brewery at the CIA - with delicious food from the CIA and fun, educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts.

You have the chance to tour the CIA Brewery, learn about the college’s Art & Science of Brewing course, and meet CIA Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman and other New York State brewers and beer experts, all while sampling beers and ciders. You’ll also enjoy delicious dishes perfectly paired with beer and prepared by CIA chefs.

Hutch joins us along with CIA Professor of Hospitality and Service Management – John Fischer. 

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is presenting the 17th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival taking place September 8th & 9th. Over the course of the weekend, patrons will indulge in a variety of premier wines, spirits and exhibitors from across the country, while enjoying mouthwatering cuisine from some of the finest restaurants in the Capital Region. The goal of the Festival is to help raise funds for the Saratoga Performing Art’s Center Children’s Education Program.

Jane's Ice Cream

Jul 31, 2017

Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream, founded by sisters Jane and Amy Keller, has grown from their humble beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, NY, into a regional ice cream powerhouse.

Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s toniest hotels and restaurants, including the New York Palace Hotel and the Carlyle Hotel.

Jane’s is run by husband and wife team Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi and they join us this morning. We are also joined by their granddaughter Arriella Guidubaldi.

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