Najmieh Batmanglij is one of the women profiled in what looks like an interesting new book, “Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America,” by Mayukh Sen. Read more about the book in this Civil Eats article.
The Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 list of local leaders is out, and Mary Blackford and Kathy Hollinger are on it! Mary is cited for her plans to open Market 7, a food hall in Ward 7 that promises to be the premier marketplace for Black-owned food and health businesses. Kathy, along with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington--where she’s the President and CEO--is recognized for being a vocal advocate for the survival and success of restaurants as they have struggled through the pandemic. View the slide show listing here.
Mary Blackford (left) and Kathy Hollinger (right)
Late breaking kudos to Sheila Crye and Jessica van Dop DeJesus, who were among the five winners of International Association of Culinary Professionals’ (IACP) Members of the Year Award. The announcement was made on October 23 at the association’s conference and awards ceremony in Birmingham, Alabama.
Learn about the artichoke’s intersection in Jewish and Italian cuisine in Marcia Friedman’s October 20 article in Tablet magazine entitled “Peeling Back the Layers of Italian Jewish Cuisine: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the artichoke.” The piece, which includes a recipe for spicy stuffed artichokes, can be found here.
Congrats to the indefatigable Pati Jinich, who won third prize and $1000 in the 2021 LDEI M.F.K. Fisher awards for her August 11, 2020 article in the New York Times entitled “Finding the Soul of Sonora in Carne Asada.” Read it here.
Fashionably gracing the cover of the October issue of Middleburg Life & Hunt Country magazine is Rachel Martin, owner and vintner of Oceano Wines. Inside, a four-page spread details her wine career, starting at her family’s winery and vineyard, Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg. Rachel then went on to open her own vineyard and winery on the coast of San Luis Obispo with her husband Kurt Deutsch. Here’s the article.
An upside to down times: When the pandemic first hit in 2020, Debbie Moser became president of MeatCrafters, the Landover, Md. charcuterie company where she had been a partner and handled marketing. Since then, the company has grown its online business, expanded its staff, acquired a gourmet bacon firm called Epic Curing, and partnered with Chapel Hill Farms in Berryville, Va. to sell their Randall Lineback breed beef as well as make pate with it. MeatCrafters is in the process of building a new curing room that will triple capacity to accommodate the increased sales of its products, which are now distributed in 14 states. Debbie says the growth of online food orders during the pandemic both propelled and saved the business, and that current supply chain shortages have created more demand among restaurants and distributors for locally made products.
In October, Tambra Raye Stevenson kicked off the Tufts Innovation Summit at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, sharing her take on nutrition security with faculty, students and guests.
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