Thursday, April 23, 2009

April 26 Benefit Event- local music, food, farms and fun!

Here's a special message from our friend Liz Karabinakis, the Community Food Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County. Please help support this important event! --Dave

Greetings friends, neighbors, sustainability & social justice minded folks and fellow local foodies,

I'd like to personally extend a warm invitation to join us for a a fun community event with great local music, food and company that benefits the
Healthy Food for All Program. The support of the community has been instrumental in helping WIC and Food Stamp eligible families access the abundance of fresh foods being grown by our neighboring farms in our neighboring fields. This year more families are having difficulty accessing fresh foods and our local farmers are ready to help. Please join us in our goal to provide 100+ subsidized shares!

I look forward to seeing you, our loved ones, family, friends and neighbors on Sunday!

You're invited to the Healthy Food For All's Spring benefit concert this Sunday, April 26th! In fact, everyone's invited! Bring the whole family!

Where: Castaways
When: Sun. April 26th, 3 p.m. until 11 p.m.
What: benefit to support subsidized CSA shares for low-income families in the Ithaca area
Heehaw Nightmare, Evil City String Band, Pearls Basement, the Talktome's, and Thousands of One

Suggested donation of $10. goes directly to farmers feeding local families!
Cups of "farm soup" for sale.

Local music + local food + local farms = local fun!!

The participating farms are:
Full Plate Farm Collective, Early Moring Organic Farm, Westhaven, Three Sisters, Sweetland Farm, and Kestrel Perch Berry Farm

If you can't make it but still would like to support the Healthy Food for All program you can make a check payable to Local Foods Network and mail it to: CCE Tompkins, Attn: Liz Karabinakis, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca NY 14850. The cost to subsidize one share for a family for the entire 2009 growing season is $250, but donations of any size are greatly appreciated. Every bit helps!!!

UPDATE 4/29/09: Liz Karabinakas reports that this event was a fabulous success. She writes: It was a beautiful day and the first couple of bands played outside while people sat on the deck and caught up with friends (it has been a long winter!) and kids got to frolic about. The evening was also spectacular as a new wave of people rolled in and Thousands of One got many of us onto the dance floor. The farms did a wonderful job bringing people together in a convenient downtown location that provided a fun and family friendly environment for us all to reconnect before the growing season AND we raised enough money to fund CSAs for five families for the entire growing season (over 5 months of fresh produce!).

Thanks to everyone who came out to support this fundraiser for a great cause!

Cornell's Guest Chef Series Wraps Up on Sat. April 25th

The Hotel School at Cornell is offering one last opportunity this year to experience some fantastic high-end cuisine as Chef Craig Kotetsu brings his menu from NYC's Park Avenue Spring to Ithaca for one night only, Saturday, April 25th. Click on the image below for a larger version with all the details:
Seating is limited and it may seem more pricey than a typical night out, but think of it as a top Manhattan chef bringing his restaurant to you for a night and the value is well worth it. Call 607/254-2624 for reservations and plan on a memorable night of dining.

UPDATE 4/29/09: See photos from this special dining event on our Flickr page at

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ep. 32 - Artisan Breads and Heights Dining

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Ever had enough people compliment your baking skills to make you consider starting your own bakery? Michelle Bamberger of Ithaca did, and we're visiting her Little Banneton bread bakery to find out how she makes fresh artisan loaves using all-natural, organic ingredients.

Now that the Ithaca Farmers Market is open for the year, we've got updates from some of your favorite vendors about what's new for Spring. Plus, our restaurant review for this episode takes us to Cayuga Heights for lunch at the Heights Cafe & Grill.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Ep. 31 - Kosher for Passover

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In this episode of the podcast, we're learning about the foods of Passover from returning guest and Ithaca foodie Mark Anbinder of 14850 Dining.

And the theme of Jewish food continues as we visit Hal's Deli in downtown Ithaca for the next stop on our review of every restaurant in Ithaca from A-Z. You can check out photos from our visit on our Flickr page (

We've also got some thoughts on Easter candy favorites, and you'll be surprised how much Andrea has to say about the Cadbury Creme Eggs of her childhood.

If you like what we're doing here and would like to help us continue covering the Ithaca dining scene, please consider making a donation by clicking on the DONATE button on our main page.  If you want to get in touch or be part of a future episode, you may leave a comment on the blog, call our voicemail line anytime at 607-215-4392, or send an email to: feedback [at] eatingithaca [dot] com. Remember to follow us on Twitter for continuing updates throughout the week!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Come learn about Food Writing @ IC on April 6th

Dave will be moderating a panel discussion with some of the writers and editors of Edible Finger Lakes Magazine on Monday, April 6th, 7:00pm at Ithaca College. If you are interested in learning more about food writing, don't miss this special event. See you there!


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