Vermont cheese legend Peter Dixon.

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

(I apologize in advance for the fact that this post is full of superlatives. I couldn’t help it.) There is no better way to prepare oneself for a day of sampling great food than by warming up with several pre-event hours of eating. This is why I love my colleagues at the Concord Cheese Shop.…

June, 2012

Food Love

It’s a rainy, dreary, low-energy day here in New England. Going outside means walking into a wall of humidity, and I feel as if the dense air has fogged up my brain. There are so many things I should be writing, and none of them are happening. I’ve decided to just turn in to the…

Beef, turkey and pork jerkies from KRAVE

Product Review: KRAVE Jerky

Today – June 12 – is “National Jerky Day.” That’s an unofficial designation, not a White House-designated national holiday.* I’m sure you’ve realized that there are hundreds of these National (insert food here) Days, many of which are simply clever marketing tools for the food industry. I’m not entirely comfortable with the concept, because I don’t…

Save Our Cheese, Part 2: No Blanket Ban on Wood

After a wave of press coverage, commentary from the cheese community and a position statement from the American Cheese Society, the FDA has clarified its position on wood shelves for cheese aging and seems to have backed away from the very broad statements that worried so many cheesemakers, retailers and consumers of artisan cheese. FDA spokeswoman Lauren…

Boston Local Food – Four Star Farms

I’m thrilled to be working with the Sustainable Business Network as one of the featured bloggers for this year’s Boston Local Food Festival. The next event on the BLFF calendar is the third annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest, which will take place on June 13-14 at the Armory in Somerville, MA. In anticipation of the Brewfest,…

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Fed Up

It appears that May is food documentary month for me. I spent a recent Friday afternoon in a theater with Stephanie Soechtig’s film, Fed Up, narrated by Katie Couric and featuring an army of experts who are admittedly some of my food heroes. Armed with a resolve to stay objective and reminding myself to suppress…