Thank you to everyone who came out to our Spring Community Forum. It was great to meet everyone and see all of the momentum and excitement for bringing a food co-op to South Philly. If you couldn't make it, here is the presentation from tonight's meeting.
...vegan products from Bhaggya’s Kitchen, Jyoti, Moshe’s, Fresh Tofu, Helen’s Pure Foods, as well as an assortment of great vegan products from Weavers Way Mt. Airy’s Prepared Foods Department.
We're going to have to grow more food closer to where we live. The age of the 3000-mile Caesar salad is coming to an end.For us as citizens (note: I didn't say "consumers") this means a commitment to buying food that is grown closer to where we live and, hopefully, supporting a business that is committed to selling as much locally grown food as possible. (Edited to add: and living as close to each other as we do in South Philly, we've already made the choice to live in such a way that is energy conscious. We are definitely a market that can sustain such a business.) Anyway, watch the video. It's actually very funny in places. Kunstler is like a Lewis Black-type shock comic who focuses on sustainability.
- The Food Matters Cookbook - Mark Bittman
- Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe: 140 New Recipes from New York's Acclaimed Restaurant
- Passionate Vegetarian
- II Viaggio Di Vetri: A Culinary Journey (by Philadelphia's own Marc Vetri)
- Horizons: The Cookbook (from Philadelphia's own Horizons restaurant)
- How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table (the science behind cooking)
- How to Read a French Fry: And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science (more of the cool science behind food... the kind of stuff you get from Alton Brown on Good Eats... only more of it.)
- Cook's Illustrated
I am secretary of the Steering Committee.
What do you do for a living?
I am a technology teacher in a small elementary school in North Philadelphia.
How did you get involved with the food co-op?
I attended the informational PSCA meeting last Spring and the rest is history!
Why do you want a food co-op in South Philly?
I lived and ate in a co-operative house for 4 years while at Oberlin College. I loved the way we chose what was in our kitchen, the sense of community, the focus on local, sustainable products. I also am kind of a food snob :) I am excited to bring this kind of experience and business into my neighborhood.
Why should people join a food co-op?
A food co-op is unlike any other place that you will shop. As a member, you have a say in what you see on the shelves, you are part of a community of people who are invested in their community and you have a say in the direction the business takes through your vote and involvement.
What is your favorite meal to cook and why?
I love making soups of all kinds because they are easy, tasty and comforting. My most recent favorite was a lentil soup with sausage. I also like to make Vichyssoise (potato leek soup).