Friday, May 29, 2009

message and opportunities from BFC.

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for contributing to the success of the Brooklyn Food Conference. We had over 3300 people going to workshops, food demos, expos, films, lunches, dinners, speeches, and a kids’ food fair. There was so much learning and networking going on that the air was electric! We saw a broad movement for Food Democracy in Brooklyn in bloom.

Everyone is asking, "What's next?"

Neighborhood meetings
We are planning neighborhood-based meetings in June that we hope you’ll attend. In those meetings we will discuss how to advance any food projects that people in your neighborhood are interested in pursuing and what role a Brooklyn Food Coalition could play. Please let us know if you’d like to help organize a meeting in your neighborhood. We will also organize neighborhood meetings with legislators to discuss ways that our elected officials can help us change the food system. Please see our new neighborhood meetings page for updates.

Opportunities to Get Involved
We will send periodic e-blasts announcing volunteer opportunities to maximize the effectiveness of ongoing organizations and projects working on food issues in Brooklyn. For example, join up with Food Summer and help Brooklynites in low-access communities learn how to get on to food stamps and gain access to healthy food. Help win a strong Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act this year with New York Alliance for CNR. We will also post these opportunities on our Get Involved page.

We would like to thank everyone who made this conference possible!

Kim Pistone, our great executive chef for the lunch and dinner, who made some great food for us all.

Donors, big and small, including Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, Small Planet Institute, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Park Slope Chamber of Commerce, New York Methodist Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, Park Slope Civic Council.

Co-Sponsors, Brooklyn Rescue Mission, Brooklyn's bounty, Caribbean Women's Health Association, Park Slope Food Coop, World Hunger Year.

Over 200 Partners.

And you, over 3300 Conference Participants!

Yours Toward Food Democracy,

The Brooklyn Food Conference Coordinating Committee
Kathie Borowitz
Nancy Romer
Mandu Sen
Adriana Velez (website coordinator)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Food, Inc. - Special Action Packed Premiere in Brooklyn!

Drinks On The Doc with Food, Inc.

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 7:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM Doors)
at The Bell House

As part of the Drinks on the Doc film series, Brooklyn Based is bringing the Brooklyn premiere of Food, Inc. to the Bell House. Doors will open at 7pm for pre-movie munchies from Roebling Tea Room and Sweet Deliverance, as well as several drink specials from local wine and beer producers. Following the film, food writer and Brooklyn Based editor Annaliese Griffin will moderate a q&a with director Robert Kenner and author Eric Schlosser, who also appears in the film. Food, Inc. What does the industrial food system actually look like? What are you voting against when you buy the organic greens at the farmer's market and the milk from upstate cows? Corporate and government nepotism, union busting, high powered lawyers and very, very unappetizing chickens. That's how director Robert Kenner tells the tale of American food production in his new documentary, Food, Inc. Featuring interviews with Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) the movie explains how what we eat has become more than than a thrice daily exercise in sustanance, but a crucial opportunity to change, or support, an ailing and corrupt system of food production. Fear not, Food, Inc. isn't the film adaptation of The Jungle -- it offers hope for eaters everywhere. Interviews with entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms' Gary Hirschberg and with the inimnitable Joe Salatin of Polyface Farms illustrate that there are fearless farmers, advocates and eaters changing the system, one pig, cow, chicken and bite at a time.

Type of Ticket: General Admission - $25.00