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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Let the Boston Public Market Fuel Your Career in Local Food

by Alex Risley Schroeder
Participant in "Food Writing Workshop" by Steve Holt at The KITCHEN

Check out the latest schedule of classes, workshops & more at The KITCHEN here TrusteesKitchen

A tour through the Boston Public Market is a catalog of fresh, locally sourced food and food-related specialty items. It is also a picture of diverse pathways to a career in local food.

Turns out it is as much about people, passion, and technique as it is about food.

Avery of Nella Pasta started out making bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in her plug-in electric fry pan. KITCHEN Interim Manager Sara Ross loved food and plotted a course from prep cook to retail on-farm sales, to cupcake truck, to kitchen manager. Sarah at Peterman’s Boards and Bowls combined her sales and art background and now sells 21” wide salad bowls upcycled from fallen trees.  

If a local food career is what you’re after, formal training -- whether in a kitchen or on a farm -- can give you a head start. But don’t underestimate connecting with professionals who are also crazy about growing, making and serving food, such as farmers, even those who grow in shipping containers (like Corner Stalk Farm); pastry chefs; cooks in big kitchens and on small trucks (Bon Me has five); and inventive stonemasons (like the ones at American Stonecraft). If you want develop your passion, spend time around passionate people.

Build a career in food from your life. See connections between the food you like, the organizations you know, and the skills you have. Feed the people around you, and repeat. Talk about what you like! The flavor, the spices, certainly. But also the camaraderie, the technique, and even the equipment -- like Red Apple Farm’s  donut-making robot or Boston Honey Company’s indoor hive.

Bottom line: good food comes from good people!

P.S. Right now, there are a few jobs at Boston Public Market! Check them out here! Check out employment with The Trustees here

Alex Risley Schroeder works in workforce development, most recently thinking about food system jobs and job creation, as part of the newly released Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan, and with the Massachusetts Workforce Alliance.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Here comes the sun!

This summer-like day seems like the perfect time to share our June programming calendar. Take a look at our upcoming events and join us in The KITCHEN for food and fun next month!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Crunchy Peanut Coleslaw

A couple of weeks ago Chef Vanessa from Project Bread made a flavorful Asian inspired coleslaw which we wanted to re-share.  It will make the perfect side dish to any meal incorporating asian flavors PLUS it is mayo-less, meaning it can be packed up and survive without refrigeration for summer picnics.  

We made a few adaptations based on what we had in our pantry; the substitutions were in the same flavor profile which we encourage you to try when you’re out of recipe ingredients. Apple cider vinegar was replaced with lime juice (acid) and we used molasses instead of dark brown sugar.  A splash of Sriracha was added for some heat! The dressing was whisked together in a bowl, make sure to incorporate everything together since the peanut butter is thick.  
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To save time, we used a bag of cabbage that was pre- shredded, then chopped some pepper and scallions to add in.  The recipe also calls for cucumbers, we just didn’t have any on hand.  Bean sprouts could also make a great addition to this!


Once the salad is all mixed together, add the dressing and mix well.  You may think there isn’t enough dressing, but keep mixing! You want it to lightly coat your cabbage/veggies not drown it.  Dry roasted peanuts make a great topping but keep them separate and top right before serving so they don’t loose their crunch.  Sesame seeds could also make a great topping to experiment with.  


The original recipe is as follows:


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Good Food. Good Health.

A blog posting by the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association

May is American Stroke Month, and the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association want the people of Greater Boston to become stroke heroes.

You don’t need superpowers to be a stroke hero, but you do need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs. Stroke is largely preventable and treatable.

To educate the public, the Boston Public Market and The KITCHEN are teaming with the AHA | ASA and the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to teach people how to prevent and detect stroke.

From May 16-23, large signs will be displayed at the market displaying the acronym F.A.S.T., which is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. F is for face drooping; A is for arm weakness; S is for speech difficulty; T is for time to call 911.

Take a picture with the signs and share it on social media using the hashtag #StrokeMonth. To learn more about stroke, visit

On Saturday, May 21, chef Diane Kochilas will be hosting “Good Food. Good Health.” This is a free, Mediterranean cooking demonstration and tasting being held at The Kitchen at Boston Public Market, from 4-6 p.m. Kochilas is a food critic, host of her own cooking show, and author of 18 books on Greek cuisine.

Kochilas will be sharing recipes celebrating the healthy tenets of the Blue Zones, five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world. Her family roots are in Ikaria, a Greek Island known for the longevity of its inhabitants.

The “Good Food. Good Health.” event will also feature healthy eating tips presented by CardioVascular Institute Vascular Surgeon Chantel Hile, MD, and Registered Dietitian Liz Moore. Every guest will receive a free copy of the CardioVascular Institute’s “Hungry Heart Cookbook.”

Register here

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wild Foods I Have Known...and Eaten

Join us on Sunday, May 5th at The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market for a wild time! Russ Cohen, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast will be discussing the wonderful world of foraging. 

This presentation “Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten” includes sampling and will be followed by “Wild Flavors on Your Table” a cooking class incorporating a variety of Russ’s foraged bounty led by chef, cookbook author and James Beard award nominee Didi Emmons.

Growing up, Russ Cohen spent much of his free time in the woods cultivating a strong spiritual connection to nature. Russ' first formal exposure to edible wild plants occurred while a sophomore at Weston High School, where he enrolled in an "Edible Botany" mini-course offered by the high school biology department. Russ added edible wild mushrooms to his teaching repertoire in 1989 after returning home from a trip to the Soviet Union, where he caught the mushroom hunting bug from the Russians. 

Russ has a mission beyond just teaching people about foraging. He wants you to get outside and explore! You can add a whole other dimension to being outdoors by learning what you can nibble on in your surroundings. There’s a perception that foraging only takes place way out in the woods and is only done as a last resource when sustenance is needed. Russ wants you to know that’s not true. Foraging can happen as close as your own back yard or the empty lot across the street.  And who knew that weeds could be so delicious as a daily addition to you diet? Invasive species are considered a nuisance, but the silver lining is that they are abundant and harvesting them leaves no ecological impact. Russ also encourages foragers to develop relationships with and support local and organic farms as they provide wonderful opportunities for foraging.

Some of Russ’ favorite plants to forage for are Dame’s Rocket, which is in the mustard family and related to arugula, Stinging Nettle and flowers of the Black Locust. Did you know you can even eat daisies?  One of  Russ’ favorite recipes is Burdock Bloom Stalk Bake which is a delicious forager’s version of Hot Artichoke Dip. You can find that recipe here:

Want to join us for this wild experience? You can register for “Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten” here 

Register for the cooking class “From Forage to Finish: Wild Flavors on Your Table” here::