By Laura Stec
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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en... (More)
About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and environment pioneer, macrobiotic, Master Cleanser, ayurvedic, and officially-designated health-nut or party-girl (depending on the year). Professionally, I've worn many industry hats including: line cook, corporate chef, Food Coach, caterer, product developer, restaurant reviewer, culinary school teacher, corporate wellness educator, food co-op clerk, author, and even Cirque-du-Soleil lead popcorn concessioner! For years I managed an outdoor kitchen, deep in the bear-infested woods of Tahoe, and also for hospitals (the most unhealthy kitchen I ever worked in?), Singapore high-rises, mule-pack trips, Canadian catholic rectories, and more events than I could ever recall. Yet I still keep discovering. Actually, I adapt everyday by new lessons learned from teachers, customers and students. However there is one food truth I now hold sacrosanct: Eaters are motivated by pleasure. So no matter what we discuss here - recipes or restaurants, food politics or pairings, local events, food as art, or even as God, I will always come from a high-vibe, party perspective. Oh I do still long to change the world with great tasting food, but know in my heart, "If it ain't fun, it don't get done!" So - wanna come to the Food Party? By the way - it's a potluck. (Hide)
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Uploaded: Apr 23, 2018
Just a quick follow up on the 420 Hippie Hill celebration last week.
I came ready to report on all the food infusions assumed to grace this hallowed annual event. It was really well organized and attended (+ 20,000 happy people), with a strong aroma in the air, but alas, not from freshly baked brownies.
I got it very wrong. There was none, zero, zilch infused munchies sold from the faire booths. No food at all actually, except some token M & M’s and chips; a big oversight for this size crowd of munchers. Even though the public market sells all kinds of edibles, the organizers told me they “couldn’t bring food this year, maybe next.” I think the county health department just said no, a good decision for a first year event like this.
No matter, armed with a Food Party! badge, people kept approaching to show off their baking skills. “The Food Party! – that’s the party I want to be at,” was a common opening line,
followed by baskets of homemade
Cake pops & Smores
Chocolate chip cookies, rice crispy treats and others on full display.
I didn’t come away with much food insight, but I did start asking party-goers if they thought legalized marijuana might be a way to help solve the cultural divide. This was the most diverse crowd I have ever been in, and I go to a lot of public gatherings. People of all races just coming together to meet each other and have some fun. It was actually inspiring and nice to see. Gave me hope. I can see it now – The Munchie Movement – understanding different cultures though interaction and food.
Peace, love and munchies for all!
Next week is Farm Bill Café. We are reading chapters 1-3 of Food Fight by Dan Imhoff
and talking about it here in the blog.
What is it worth to you?
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