As Communications Director, Megan Saynisch serves as the editor of Ecocentric, GRACE's blog, and oversees the foundation's other external messaging. She also works with journalists and bloggers to get stories about sustainability into the news. Before joining GRACE, Megan was a non-profit communications and operations consultant and freelance writer. She has worked for the New York Academy of Medicine, the New York City Department of Health and Public Hygiene and has consulted for numerous foundations and non-profits. She has a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center), and BA in Anthropology from Rutgers with a focus on sustainable agriculture and culinary anthropology. An avid community gardener, composter and cook, Megan lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children, who all eat a lot of kale.
We recently spoke with Kris Moon, Vice President at the James Beard Foundation (JBF), an organization whose mission is to "celebrate, nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire." Kris tells us more about the JBF's newly-launched Impact Programs, the Foundation's role in the good food movement and what inspires him in this work.
Bitter melon is...well...bitter. Its taste takes some getting used to, but combined with other strong flavors, like Indian spices and chiles, or fatty meats, like pork, its bitterness becomes a delicious asset. Plus, its purported health benefits many! Read on to learn all about this bitter fruit.
Edible Schoolyard NYC's programs are designed to teach kids about food and nutrition. But, as Andrew Barrett, Program Director of Edible Schoolyard NYC explains, edible education becomes much more: like empowering kids to make their own healthy choices and to become a force for positive change for our food system.
You know pansies, roses, hibiscus... but do you know nasturtium, chervil, day lilies, crocuses, lilacs, geraniums? All of these flowers are beautiful, of course, but they also taste great! In this week's installation of Real Food Right Now, what to look for, what to look out for - and, as always, recipes.
It's Pollinator Week - and we are spreading the love for our pollinator friends! Read up on 10 of the most buzzzzz-worthy things about pollinators we think you should know!
Favas are a fleeting spring vegetable - like ramps and sorrel and morels -that show up at the market and quickly disappear. Enjoyed in cuisines worldwide, favas are much lauded subjects of folklore and even show up in one of the most notorious lines in American cinema. Mull over more fascinating fava facts and pro tips in this week's Real Food Right Now!
Is there anything better than a delightfully crunchy radish? Even better: every part of the radish is edible, from the root to the leaves to the seed pods. Read on for all you ever wanted to know about this incredibly delicious vegetable.
Spring is finally here, and we're so excited to hit the farmers' market to pick up some seasonal food to cook! Looking for inspiration on how to pair the best of what spring has to offer (think: radishes, favas, asparagus, morels)? Look no further than this handy guide to fun spring food pairings!
Beautiful fiddleheads are bright green, their tightly coiled heads delicately curled like the scroll of a violin. With a flavor slightly reminiscent of asparagus, but also nutty and pleasantly bitter, fiddleheads are a delicious reminder that the doldrums of winter are finally over.
Tofu: love it or hate it, you have to admit that it's a pretty interesting food - its inherent blandness making it the perfect canvas for lots of bold flavors. Made from just soy milk and a coagulant, the result can be creamy, firm or anywhere in between. Tofu's culinary uses are just as varied, from savory to sweet. Want to make your own? We've got you covered!
Soy milk's popularity has waned in recent years with the rise of other alternatives to cow's milk and soy's increasingly negative image. But what are the environmental and health impacts of soy milk? And how is it made? Spoiler: it's super easy to make at home - and we've got the recipe (and video) to prove it. Read on for everything you've ever wanted to know about soy milk.
Looking for a bit of luck in 2016? From greens to beans, there are lots of foods that are said to bring good fortune (and even wealth) to the eater. We dip into our Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It archives to bring you the luckiest and most delicious food to eat in the year to come. Happy New Year!
Americans waste a lot of food - every year, we throw away roughly 40 percent of our food supply! Here we give you some tips on how you can be part of the solution by making the most of your Thanksgiving bounty - both before and after the meal!
With late fall in mind, and an eye towards the food-centric holidays ahead, we've put together some of our favorite seasonal Real Food posts - so you can impress your family and friends with foodie trivia and delicious fall-inspired dishes this holiday season. Happy eating!
Nothing says autumn like pumpkins, but if your experience is limited to Jack-O-Lanterns and lattes, you're missing out on a whole world of squashy goodness. Read all about it!
Don't be sad that summer produce is gone - who needs tomatoes and peppers when you have the delicious bounty of fall? We've put together some fun combinations for fall fruits and vegetables to help you make the most of the colors and tastes of the season.