Monthly Archives: January 2010

El Buffet de Viernes

Yes, I’m blogging on location from beautiful, hot Santiago. You’ll be glad to hear that I’ve decided against blogging in Spanish!¡ I recently walked by a Santiago market after it had closed and noticed a vendor was still there, doing something odd. I went by to have a look and she was cutting the tops off strawberries, […]

January 29, 2010 | Posted in College, Friday Buffet, International, School, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Chile Charla

At High Noon, local time, I gave my talk on food waste to a room of chefs at the World Association of Chefs Societies Congress. In case you’re curious, here are the slides from the talk (it may take a minute or two to load). Of course, it won’t be the same without my charismatic […]

January 26, 2010 | Posted in International, Personal | Comments closed

In Chile

I arrived in Chile this morning; I’m here to give a talk at the World Congress of the World Association of Chefs Societies. It has been a long day, but in a good way. While out walking, I stumbled into a little market–more a row of vendors along the river–one of my favorite things to find. […]

January 24, 2010 | Posted in International | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Give out of date food to the homeless, UK Environment Secretary Hilary Benn told supermarkets. He singled out food redistribution charity FareShare as part of the solution. There’s only one problem–FareShare doesn’t really collect surplus food. They receive it. The next Briton to start a nationwide food recovery group will be the first. — — Wasting […]

January 22, 2010 | Posted in Food Recovery, Friday Buffet, International, Restaurant | Comments closed

Your Thoughts, Please

Next week, I’m headed to the World Association of Chefs Societies‘ 2010 get together in Santiago, Chile. While there, I’ll be giving a talk on restaurant food waste. I’m now putting together my slides and wanted to pose a question in the hope of making my presentation as inclusive as can be: What ways do you see […]

January 20, 2010 | Posted in Personal, Restaurant | Comments closed

Get Thee to a Wormery

If you’ve visited this site more than a handful of times, you probably know of my affection and appreciation for Portland. The progressive stance on reducing and recycling food waste there just plain puts me in a good mood. Well, here’s the latest idea brewing in the Rose City: a collectively-operated worm composting operation. Yes, […]

January 18, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Vermiculture | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

The U.S. Capitol cafeteria has composted food for a bit, but now there’s plenty more eco-friendly changes in House office buildings. Since launching in 2007, Green the Capitol has diverted 75,000 pounds from landfills. — — I just heard about Hands for Hunger, a food recovery group in the Bahamas from this article. I’m not […]

January 15, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Food Recovery, Friday Buffet, Household, International | Comments closed

Help Haiti

I just heard a figure on NPR that blew my mind–roughly 80 percent of Haiti’s GDP is foreign aid. And that was before the quake. If there was ever a place that really didn’t need a natural disaster, Haiti is it. After combing through my archives, I found a few examples of Haitian misery–again, before yesterday’s major […]

January 13, 2010 | Posted in Hunger, International | Comments closed

Cuppa Waste

Wasted coffee. This topic could be its own book. In the meantime, it’s a post: The food waste experts at LeanPath have provided some helpful and potentially money-saving hints on both reducing the amount of excess coffee and what to do with the inevitable excess. While the tips are aimed at restaurants and institutional settings, mostly, […]

January 13, 2010 | Posted in Repurposing, Restaurant | Comments closed

And it’s AWD!

In the Credit Where Credit Is Due department: kudos to Subaru of America for their automotive donation to the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ). The Pennsauken-based food distribution agency will use the 2009 Tribeca to make smaller deliveries that don’t require a truck. And that’s not all the Cherry Hill, N.J.-based car maker is […]

January 11, 2010 | Posted in Food Recovery, Hunger | Comments closed