Seacoast Eat Local open meeting - all are welcome!

Seacoast Eat Local is holding an open meeting for all those interesting in supporting local foods and agriculture at 7pm on Tuesday, April 10th, at the Portsmouth Public Library. Seacoast Eat Local will be hosting the Eat Local Challenge in September and is looking for individuals who would like to help make this year's challenge an overwhelming success. For more information, visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org or email seacoasteatlocal@gmail.com


"Mama's gonna make a chef out of you!"

for the Nintendo Wii, Cooking Mama: Cook Off

from the press release:
Cooking Mama: Cook Off is a compelling blend of mashing, slicing, chopping and stirring as players create 55 international recipes from 300 different ingredients using the Wii Remote as a master kitchen utensil. A multiplayer mode lets budding chefs cook off in competitive mini-games to determine who can cook the fastest with the fewest mistakes. In addition, real-time effects lend authenticity to creations and help players determine when food is cooked to perfection.
There is just so much to say about this, other than I want, that it is hard to know where to start. So start at the game's website, and make sure to watch some of the gameplay demos.

Competition mode! Did you see how realistic the shrimp were? Heads and legs and all! Will I learn how to prepare squid from a Wii? Is Nintendo going to help bring actual cooking and knowing what to do with raw ingredients to households? Crazier things have happened - rumour has it tons of kids are losing weight from the Nintendo Wii sport games - will this help them pack those pounds back on or help them eat actual food instead of junk?


Time does local foods

Time Magazine's cover story this week is about eating locally. It is a decidedly mainstream article - for people already waist deep in local eating, it will likely be annoying and a bit bizarre in its viewpoint. But for those without toes wet yet, it is just a good and general introduction to the point.

I suppose I'm just happy to see the mainstream media addressing it - as they have been now in spurts and bits for the past year. A cover story in Time is as mainstreamas it gets - which, I hope, translates into sold out Saturdays for growers all summer long at the farmers' markets.
Here's their press release - with a link to the complete article, available online for free, no login required:

For Immediate Release
On Sale Friday, March 2

The Best Food You Can Eat May Be in Your Own Backyard

(New York, March 2, 2007)—In this week's issue, TIME's John Cloud reports, "For food purists, `local' is the new `organic,' the new ideal that promises healthier bodies and a healthier planet Organic adherents take it on faith that the way food is grown affects its nutritional quality. But advocates of local eating are now making another leap, saying what happens after harvest—how food is shipped and handled— is perhaps even more important than how it was grown."

Cloud's quest to determine which kind of food is healthier, safer, tastes better and is best for the environment leads him to Whole Foods ceo John Mackey, whose chain grew to prominence, in part, by making organic food accessible to millions of Americans. The chain now has more then 190 locations and sales grew by 19% in 2006. Mackey tells TIME that even he prefers local grown food to organics. "I would probably purchase a local nonorganic tomato before I would purchase an organic one that was shipped from California," he says. Cloud writes that Mackey "called the two tomatoes `an environmental wash' since the California one had petroleum miles on it but the nonorganic one was grown with pesticides. `But the local tomato from outside Austin will be fresher, will just taste better,' he said." Mackey also says that most Americans will never eat a purely local diet. "One of the challenges of being a retailer is you don't want to offend people," he tells TIME. "Some customers want to eat apples [year-round]

, and they're willing to pay more for a New Zealand apple."

Cloud's extensive reporting—which includes joining a Community Supported Agricultural (csa) program that delivers fresh local food to his house each week—leads him to conclude that he prefers local to organic. He writes, "In matters of digestion, I prefer science over culture. The problem is that science offers no clear guidelines yet on how beneficial organic food is."

"When it comes to my basic ingredients—literally, my `whole' foods rather than my convenience foods—I would still rather know the person who collects my eggs or grows my lettuce or picks my apples than buy 100% organic eggs or lettuce or apples from an anonymous megafarm at the supermarket. Choosing local when I can makes me feel more rooted,and (in part because of that feeling, no doubt) local food tastes

The March 12, 2007 issue of TIME goes on sale on Friday, March 2.
Read the complete story at TIME.com:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ article/0,9171,1595245,00.html
Download this week's cover image at

Media Contacts: TIME PR HOTLINE, (212) 522-4800 Daniel Kile, (212)
522-3640; Betsy Burton, (212) 522-3651; Dara Yaffe, (212) 522-0613

Oh, and speaking of CSAs, there are still plenty of shares left in the Seacoast area for the 2007 season.


Goodbye Lindbergh's . . . .

Hello Black Trumpet. Evan Mallett is staying put (along with, likely, his awesome support of local growers and producers). Black Trumpet should open later in March, reservations are being accepted starting the 24th, according to our waiter the other night.