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Judging the Cheesemonger Invitational

Cheesemonger Invitational

Organized chaos was the theme of the fourth annual Cheesemonger Invitational, held June 29 at Larkin Cold Storage in industrial Long Island City in Queens, N.Y. From the moment the judges arrived just shy of 5 p.m. until the 2013 champion was announced—an hour and a half past schedule—at 10:30 p.m., the event seemed to run on pure adrenaline. Read more …

Born in Brooklyn

Foragers, NYC

Even with all the preparation and cash flow that gave the business the boost needed to expand, the surprise impact of Hurricane Sandy last fall hit Foragers twofold, resulting in week-long closures of both stores. For a business founded on fresh products, the market lost nearly all its inventory, Castellani says. “We’ve just been very lucky that we had vendors who have been patient with us,” she notes. In the end, she sees even unlikely natural disasters as part of the territory. “You don’t go into this business unless you’ve got a bit of a risk-taking personality.” Read more …

Profile: Le Beau Market

Le Beau Market, San Francisco

“It’s easy to look good when you’re selling what’s in season,” says Omran, whose enthusiasm for peak-season fruits borders on religious piety. And with good reason: he sources produce that leaves customers anticipating it year-round, such as heirloom apples from Devoto Gardens in the North Bay Area. Read more …

Food Day Readies its Debut

Food Day

Food Day has a three-pronged approach as Smelkova describes it: raising awareness and educating; advocating for policy reform at local, state and federal levels; and strengthening the movement with a unified platform for the wide-ranging issues. That middle prong—government involvement—has been, to put it mildly, less than satisfactory thus far. Read more …

Edible DIY: Mushroom Garden

Mushroom Growing Kit

I may have created a monster: Three giant, thick, gray-white mushrooms bored out from the box a mere handful of hours after the previous snapshot. With their exponential growth with each day, I know harvest time is fast approaching. Read more …

Nutripolitan Museum of Art

Nutripolitan Museum exhibit, NYC

Food stylist Patty White and food photographer Theresa Raffetto contributed their talents to these beautifully peanut butter-inspired platings that danced the line between playfully charming and downright artistic. Read more …