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Food Done Right

PARTICIPANT MEDIA’S TAKEPART.COM LAUNCHES ‘TASTEMAKERS’ CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHTING TOP 100 U.S. BUSINESSES COMMITTED TO PROVIDING ‘FOOD DONE RIGHT’ JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 The Company That Brought You Food, Inc. Publishes The Ultimate Guide To Local, Organic, Sustainable and Delicious Shops In Ten of America’s Most ‘Foodie’ Cities.

“I originally partnered with Participant Media on Food, Inc. because of their belief in creating change around the food issues we face in the U.S. as well as globally,” said Robert Kenner, Director of Food, Inc. “It’s been three and a half years since the film released and I’m thrilled to see they are still committed to its core values, telling the story, educating consumers and inspiring action.”

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 1, 2012 –TakePart.com, the digital publishing division of Participant Media (Food, Inc.), today announced its TakePart Tastemakers series devoted to spotlighting leading local businesses that are committed to bringing their communities “Food Done Right.” Selected in partnership with the nation’s leading food journalists, these local shops were chosen based on themes underscored in the hit 2008 documentary Food, Inc. – humane, homemade, organic, do-it-yourself, artisanal, locally sourced and sustainable.

As part of this campaign, TakePart is also launching key social initiatives designed to help people make better food choices and improve America’s food system as a whole.  As an example, TakePart has joined forces with the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, co-founded by Food, Inc.’s Barbara Kowalcyk, to host a petition urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw their proposal to speed up poultry processing lines. This proposal gives each inspector only one-third of a second to inspect each bird – raising both food safety and worker safety issues.

“As the digital publishing division of Participant Media, TakePart is committed to continually highlighting the issues raised in our films and providing consumers with the most relevant and qualified actions they can take to make a difference,” said Karina Kogan, General Manager of TakePart.  “TakePart Tastemakers is a great example of our ongoing effort to engage and educate the public about our food system in a way that is both entertaining and actionable.”

Shops featured in the inaugural TakePart Tastemakers list were chosen based on proven leadership in providing thoughtful and healthier options to their community and were selected by prominent food writers such as James-Beard award-winning journalist Dara Grumdahl and Seattle Times restaurant critic Providence Cicero.

Each of the 100 businesses spanning across the 10 markets of Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities also represent an alternative to big supermarket chains. Austin standouts include:

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
Sweetish Hill Bakery
Foreign & Domestic Bake Sale
in.gredients
Houndstooth Coffee
Lick Honest Ice Creams
Noble Pig Sandwiches
Pasta & Co.
Quality Seafood Market
Zhi Tea

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The full list of TakePart.com’s Tastemakers can be found starting November 1 at  www.takepart.com/Tastemakers. The Web series will premiere on November 13. For more information on the Social Action campaign, please visit www.takepart.com/Tastemakers/action.

MEDIA CONTACTS
Shannon Swallow:
sswallow@takepart.com
310-246-7753

Shannon Leigh Turbeville:
shannonleigh@triple7pr.com
615-254-9389

The Silk Road – Asian Food and Wine Pairing Event

Journey down the Silk Road from China to the Middle East, and experience exquisite Asian cuisine paired with unique wines and spirits.

This unique culinary experience includes seven food and wine pairings from local Asian restaurants including Koriente, Swad and Kala’s Kuisine (and many more), a Japanese tea bar sponsored by Zhi Teas, and a silent auction.  Sommeliers Rachel Wilson and Claudia Alarcón will be your guide to this fun evening covering each food region and wine pairing.

Vegetarian options are available.  Must be 21 or over to participate.

All proceeds benefit SAHELI for Asian Families, which provides critical services to domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking survivors.

THE SILK ROAD

An Asian Epicurean Journey

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mexican American Cultural Center

600 River St, Austin TX 78701

SAHELI specifically addresses the cultural and language needs of Asian and other immigrant families affected by domestic violence.  Our values and mission are reflected in our programs, which integrate culture and language specific direct services, educational programs, and community-based initiatives and advocacy.

SAHELI represents six words that define our services:

Support, Advocate, Heal, Empower, Listen, and Inform.

SAHELI for Asian Families
Phone: 512.358.6318 x 200
Fax:  512.777.4539
Hotline: 1-877-281-8371
http://www.saheli-austin.org

There’s an Extra Seat at Our Table- Refer a Friend and Help Grow a Farm

There are lots of great CSAs in the Austin area (seriously, you really can’t go wrong!), but Farmhouse Delivery is the one that I’ve stuck with for some of the best in all-local produce, pastured meats and dairy, fresh eggs, herbs and a growing list of artisanal products..

“Turn good eating into a revolution! Locally raised and produced food is better tasting, better for the environment, better for our local economy, and better for your health.”

“Now YOU can help revive the family farm, reconnect with the seasons, and reap the rewards with a Farmhouse Delivery Membership. Fall season begins August 16th and our farmers need to know how much to plant and allocate for this bountiful harvest. Limited Membership helps ensure we deliver the highest-quality seasonal produce, meat, dairy, and artisanal products to your home!”

The Fall Season starts on August 16th, so if you’re ready to join go here to signup and mention “@EdibleAria” in the comments box during checkout for a chance for both of us to win a local, free-range turkey OR two free weeks of produce delivery!

“What’s in season this fall?  Look for late-season tomatoes, heirloom peppers, pumpkins, butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, persimmons, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, beans, corn, sweet potatoes, radishes & more!”

“Have more questions about how farm membership works? visit the FAQ page for more details.”

(Re)introducing the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley

Many of the 55+ certified growers-only farmers, food vendors and artisans at “the market that stayed in Sunset Valley” have been serving the South Austin community for several years now.  Having lived in the area and visited the market many times, I can assure you that from Animal Farm to Zubik House and everything in between, these amazing producers are dedicated to bringing you the best in local, sustainable products.

A project of the non-profit Sustainable Food Center, the Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley also offers an ATM (tokens) and accepts the Lone Star Food Stamp card (tokens).  Did I mention 17 acres of free parking?

The Sunset Valley market is open Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, rain or shine – please stop by & say hi, grab some incredible food and help support this vibrant, growing community.


3200 Jones Road, at the Toney Burger Center off Hwy. 290/71 eastbound access road,
just west of the intersection of Brodie Lane and Hwy. 290/71 East
the same location as always!

Austin’s Iconic Breakfast Tacos

As the New York Times recently pointed out, Austin is the center of the universe when it comes to breakfast tacos.  Trailers, bodegas and restaurants all over town serve up cheap, delicious tacos containing everything from purple corn, nopales and avocado to black beans, fried potatoes and bacon.  As amazing as the local fare is, though, its still tough to beat what you can make to your own taste at home, using fresh, local ingredients.

This 5-minute creation consists of local, pastured eggs, queso Añejo, crumbled chorizo with jalapeños, onions and grape tomatoes, fresh cilantro and hot sauce on a freshly-made cayenne tortilla.  Yum!

Homemade Breakfast Tacos

Ben Sklar for The New York Times