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Today’s Clips: Monday, April 4, 2011

Share Our Strength:

1. Maryland Launches First Class Breakfast Initiative


Historic Annapolis Patch (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Mary Mcguirt
April 2, 2011
http://historicannapolis.patch.com/articles/maryland-launches-first-class-
breakfast-initiative

2. Every Little Bite Helps


North Andover Patch (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Wendi Roy
April 2, 2011
http://northandover.patch.com/articles/every-little-bite-helps

3. Chef Chris Cosentino on Taste of the Nation


The San Francisco Examiner (Mentions Share Our Strength and Taste
of the Nation)
Laura Colgan
April 1, 2011
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/credo/2011/04/chef-chris-cosentino-taste-
nation

4. Share Our Strength


Palm Beach Illustrated (Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
April 2011
http://www.palmbeachillustrated.com/index.cfm?
fuseaction=news.details&ArticleId=1643&returnTo=pbi-special-events

5. PRINCETON: TASTE OF THE NATION: Dennis Malloy: Just 'a guy who
loves to cook’
The Princeton Packet (Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
Victoria Hurley-Schubert
April 1, 2011
http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2011/04/01/the_princeton_packet/lifest
yle/doc4d960957f32b3244101306.txt

6. Happy April Fools!


Chicago Food Snob Blog (Mentions Share Our Strength)
April 1, 2011
http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-food-snob/2011/04/happy-april-
fools.html

7. Palm Beach County Taste of the Nation set for Aprill 13


Sun Sentinel (Mentions Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
John Tanasychuk
April 1, 2011
http://weblogs.sun-
sentinel.com/features/food/restaurants/blog/2011/04/palm_beach_county_tast
e_of_the.html

8. Zach Bell vs. Dean Max at Taste of the Nation


Broward Palm Beach New Times (Mentions Share Our Strength and
Taste of the Nation)
Bill Citara
April 1, 2011
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/2011/04/zach_bell_dea
n_max_taste_of_the_nation_west_palm_beach.php

9. Guy Fieri & Vanilla Ice at Sunda; Blokes & Birds Lunch; Food
Buddha's Mercadito Taco; Yoshi's Japan Relief
Eater Chicago (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Ari Bendersky
April 1, 2011
http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2011/04/01/guy-fieri-vanilla-ice-at-sunda-
blokes-birds-lunch-food-buddhas-mercadito-taco-yoshis-japan-relief.php

10. Feed Your Soul


The Atlantan (Mentions Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
April 1, 2011
http://blogs.modernluxury.com/the-atlantan/events/feed-your-soul

11. Hartford Foundation grants helping two museums


Hartford Business Journal (Mentions Share Our Strength)
April 4, 2011
http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news17718.html?Type=search

12. Tastefully Simple- A Review by Nikki Brewer


Home Party Review (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Niki Brewer
April 2011
http://www.homepartyreview.com/tastefully-simple-review-nikki-brewer/#

13. Celebrity Chef Cat Cora to Join Sunset Magazine at SAVOR the
Central Coast 2011
KLFY (Mentions Share Our Strength)
PR Newswire
April 4, 2011
http://www.klfy.com/Global/story.asp?S=14376185

General Hunger/ Industry News:

14. Federal farm subsidies should be slashed


The Washington Post
Editorial
April 1, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/federal-farm-subsidies-should-be-
slashed/2011/04/01/AFLySkJC_story.html

1. Maryland Launches First Class Breakfast Initiative


Historic Annapolis Patch (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Mary Mcguirt
April 2, 2011
http://historicannapolis.patch.com/articles/maryland-launches-first-class-
breakfast-initiative

Children cannot learn when they are hungry.

That was the message delivered by Rosemary King Johnston, executive


director of the Governor’s Office for Children, to a roomful of educators,
principals, food service directors and parent leaders in the Governor’s
Reception room of the State House Wednesday.

Johnston and Gov. Martin O’Malley were there to announce the kickoff of the
state’s First Class Breakfast Initiative, which aims to expand and improve on
school breakfast programs.

The announcement came as part of the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger


in Maryland, an effort launched in 2008 with a goal of eradicating childhood
hunger in the state by 2015.

As part of the new Breakfast First Initiative, 21 schools in the state will get
breakfast makeovers.

While all schools in the state are required to serve breakfast, the new
alternative breakfast programs that will soon be implemented in these
schools will introduce more options and give kids the opportunity to grab food
on their way to class in the mornings.

Johnston said these alternative options will overcome obstacles that curretly
prevent students from eating breakfast like school buses being late or older
students being embarrassed about having to go to the cafeteria to eat
breakfast for fear of being associated with being poor.

“We want these children to not have to struggle with whether they should or
should not eat. If it’s there, we want them to have it,” she said.

Accomplishing this task will likely result in students being more alert during
the school day.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that test scores will go up the better we are
at reaching children when it comes to eradicating childhood hunger,” said
Gov. Martin O’Malley.

O’Malley said during these difficult financial times, it’s important to focus on
the children, who are the future of the state.

“The most important thing that we do have for our shared future is the next
generation,” O’Malley said.

“There are the dollars to support the eradication of childhood hunger in every
single state in the union. And yet Marland is the first state...and it came in
the middle of a recession...to declare that we are going to do this and we’re
going to do it by 2015,” he said.

Schools selected for the programs can receive up to $7,500 in grants to help
carry them out. And educators attending the meeting also received an
information packet to help them learn more about the effort.

O’Malley said the 21 schools are just a start, adding that they hope to make
this effort in other Maryland schools soon.

Anne Arundel County


As a result of the new initiative, three schools in Anne Arundel County—Old
Mill Middle School North, Meade Middle School and Rippling Woods
Elementary—were selected to start new, alternative breakfast programs.

Old Mill Middle School North and Rippling Woods will begin the alternative
feeding delivery method, where students will pay full, free or reduced
fare,said said Jodi Risse, supervisor of food and nutrition services for Anne
Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). As part of the program, students will
be able to pick up their food on the way to class and eat it while doing
morning work and listening to morning announcments.

Meade Middle was selected for the Maryland Meals for Achievement program
where all students will get free breakfast and they will be able to eat in the
classrooms alongside their teachers, said Risse.

“As a registered dietician we definitely see the difference breakfast makes. A


child can’t learn [without breakfast],” Risse said.

Risse said about nine AACPS schools currently participate in the alternative
feeding delivery and about 20 are Maryland Meals for Achievement schools.

She said school officials in Anne Arundel county have noticed that the
alternative methods are increasing breakfast.

“It’s breaking down that stigma and the numbers are going up and it’s really
part of the culture,” she said.

Sean McElhaney, principal of Old Mill Middle School North, said the school will
start it’s new program this Monday.

During a question and answer session with O’Malley, McElhaney shared a


compelling story. He said while the school was giving students practice
Maryland School Assesment tests, he participated in administering and
grading the tests. On the first test he picked up to grade, he said he noticed
the student had written “Can’t think. Don’t Care.’”

When he called the student to the office to ask him why he wrote that, the
student told him he was just too hungry, McElhaney said. Coincidentally he
said that afternoon he had the meeting set up to talk about the new
breakfast program.

“It just came at very good timing,” McElhaney said. He said that of his 900
students, about 400 of them walk to school. He added that even when school
is delayed due to snow, the children are waiting outside at the regular time
waiting for breakfast.

Statistics/Ways You Can Help


According to data from Maryland Hunger Solutions that was presented
Wednesday, of the 100 students who receive free or reduced-price lunch in
Maryland, only 45.6 of them receive school breakfast.

Anne Sheridan, Maryland state director of the Share Our Strength No Kid
Hungry Campaign, one of the partnering organizations, said 400 Maryland
students were surveyed as part of this effort.

“They understand the link between eating breakfast and performing well,"
Sheridan said. "They get it. But we just aren’t making it easy for them.”

2. Every Little Bite Helps


North Andover Patch (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Wendi Roy
April 2, 2011
http://northandover.patch.com/articles/every-little-bite-helps

Nearly one in four kids in America are hungry; that means 17 million children
in our country don’t get enough to eat. In the 2009 Status Report on Hunger
in Massachusetts, Project Bread estimated that 660,000 people right here in
Massachusetts are at risk for hunger. Lawrence -- you know, our neighboring
community -- is the second most poverty stricken community in
Massachusetts. Springfield is the number one.
Share Our Strength is a national organization dedicated to ending childhood
hunger in America by 2015. Founded in 1984 by Bill and Debbie Shore, Share
Our Strength has made a real and tangible impact on tackling the problem of
childhood hunger in America. I was honored this week to join forces with
Michele Gorham from Cookie Central to support Share Our Strength’s Great
American Bake Sale; to help raise awareness and money to combat childhood
hunger.
Michele and I met on Facebook, we both have pages there. She read that I
had signed up to host a bake sale for Share Our Strength and offered to pitch
in. Little did I know I was in cahoots with a true bake sale guru! As it happens
this will be Michele’s third year raising money and awareness to fight
childhood hunger and she does about seven events a year.
I decided that I would have the bake sale in the lobby of the building I work
in. My company is one of the larger ones in the building and I know lots of the
folks in the other companies, so it seemed like a good fit.
I spent last weekend baking my little heart out. My kitchen was a disaster by
the time I was done! But in the end I had baked about 250 cookies; my goal
for the bake sale was $500. I packaged the cookies up and was ready for the
big day.
Michele called me from the parking lot on Tuesday half an hour early; she’s
very prompt! We got to work setting up tables and signage in the lobby of the
building. Then came time to set out the goods; oh man! I knew then and
there that I was outclassed in a big way. She had all these professional boxes
and bags of the most amazing sounding cookies and bars! I had my Toll
House cookies and my Seven Layer Bars wrapped in Saran wrap and in
baggies. And hers had ribbons too!
We weren’t anywhere near ready to get the sale underway when people
started investigating the goods, but we took the “bird in the hand” approach.
By the time we put out all that we had baked, I was pretty sure I’d have a ton
of leftover cookies to bring home.
We had agreed that we’d hold the sale from 11 to 2. By two o’clock we had
very small platter of cookies left, even my Mom style cookies were nearly
sold out, and had come within $55 of the $500 goal. I decided to bring the
rest up to the kitchen on my floor and set out a donation jar. With a check
from my boss, who’s trying to be good about sweets, and the money from
folks wandering through the kitchen we made the goal by the end of the day.
I’ll grant you that $500 isn’t going to singlehandedly solve the problem of
childhood hunger in America, but if enough people join in and do a little bit,
Share Our Strength just might be able to meet their goal by 2015; one cookie
at a time.
Michele has a host of other events where she’ll be raising money and
awareness; if you happen to be attending or really need to try a Mudslide
cookie ,(and you really should!) stop in, grab a cookie and leave a little
something to go toward the cause.
The full list of her events can be found on her blog:
http://cookiecentralbakesale.blogspot.com/p/cookie-centrals-2011-great-
american.html .
Can’t make it but want to help? There’s a link for that too:
http://join.strength.org/site/TR/CEM/General?
px=1959742&pg=personal&fr_id=1110
With an eye toward low-cost nutritious meals, here’s the recipe of the week:
Apple Butternut Soup
• 1 Butternut squash, peeled and cubed
• 5 small white potatoes skin on and quartered
• 1 Onion, cubed
• 2 Apples (granny smith or mackintosh), skin on, cored and cubed
• 2 ½ C. Chicken stock
• Salt
• Pepper
• ¼ tsp. cinnamon
• 2 Tbls. Butter
• In a small saucepan place apples, cinnamon and 1/8 tsp. salt add water until
apples are ¾ covered, bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes
• In a medium sauce pan add chicken stock, squash, potatoes 1/8 tsp. salt and
pepper to taste bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium, continue to
simmer until potatoes and squash are tender
• In a sauté pan heat butter till melted, add onions and sauté until onions are
translucent, add to potato mixture
• Mash apples and water and place mixture in food processor
• Remove potatoes and squash from the broth and add to the food processor,
process until smooth
• Add apple, squash, potato mix back into the broth and stir until mixed

3. Chef Chris Cosentino on Taste of the Nation


The San Francisco Examiner (Mentions Share Our Strength and Taste
of the Nation)
Laura Colgan
April 1, 2011
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/credo/2011/04/chef-chris-cosentino-taste-
nation

Chris Cosentino is the executive chef of Incanto, a rustic Italian restaurant


serving fresh, straight-forward locally sourced food. He is the honorary chef
co-chair for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation San Francisco on
Saturday, at The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St.

Tell me about the types of jobs you have had over the years.

My career started as a dishwasher at an IHOP and continues from there. I


attended Johnson & Wales University and have played many different roles
ranging from a white-gloved tuxedo waiter to a line cook. Each job was
preparation for the next gig. I had the opportunity to work in Las Vegas
opening Nobhill Tavern for Michael Mina. I have been working in San
Francisco for 15 years with positions at Rubicon, Belon, Aqua, Redwood Park
and Grand Cafe. Currently, I am the chef at Incanto for eight years and
counting. We opened Boccalone in 2008.

How did you come to be the honorary chef co-chair of the Share Our Strength
event?

I was nominated to co-chair Share Our Strength after working the past four
consecutive events. My goal is to help reach a large audience who are willing
to help feed hungry children. This event is to help reach out to an audience of
people who love food and who understand the need for every child to have
healthy meals. By reaching out to this group of people we hope to raise
awareness of the needs of children.
What is your first memory of cooking?

I was 3 or 4 years old. I was standing on a chair and cranking the pasta
machine for my great-grandmother Rosalie Cosentino. I helped her make the
tomato pie by poking holes in the dough and spreading the sauce before she
baked the pie.

What or who inspired you to enter the world of food?

Cooking is a huge part of my family. I’m of English and Italian heritage. My


great-grandmother was from Naples and my New England grandmother
raised me in the kitchen. It was always about the food, the common bond
that cured all wounds and would bring people together. As a child, I worked
on commercial fishing boats and local farms in Rhode Island during the
summers. Cooking was the next logical step, so I went to culinary school.

Who has had a big impact on your working life?

Many people have influenced my working life, including Mark Miller, my first
chef and mentor, and Traci Des Jardins, my first San Franciscan chef. She
whooped me into shape. Most importantly, my wife, Tatiana Graf, who has
always helped and supported me from the beginning as a broke line cook to
present. She has always been there, win or lose.

How does it feel to be part of Taste of the Nation and why is it important for
people to be involved in causes like this?

I am honored to be a part of Taste of the Nation. Every child deserves a


healthy meal and it should be everyones’ goal to help make that possible.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (877) 26-TASTE or by visiting
TasteOfTheNation.org.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:


http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/credo/2011/04/chef-chris-cosentino-taste-
nation#ixzz1IYpod7JF

4. Share Our Strength


Palm Beach Illustrated (Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
April 2011
http://www.palmbeachillustrated.com/index.cfm?
fuseaction=news.details&ArticleId=1643&returnTo=pbi-special-events

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Palm Beach, one of South Florida’s
leading food and wine celebrations, is planned for Wednesday, April 13, 2011
at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. The event is currently in its 20th year
in Broward County and 23rd in Miami-Dade County. Having raised over $80M
nationally, this premier food and wine event has made its way to Palm Beach,
with Chef Zach Bell, of Café Boulud, at the helm.

Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation features dozens of Palm Beach
County’s top chefs and restaurants, scores of vintners, a VIP reception, and a
live auction featuring exciting trips and tempting lifestyle lots, all in the name
of ending childhood hunger in America. This foodie event is unique in that
one hundred percent of ticket sales goes towards ensuring no child is hungry
in the United States, and especially Florida.

Other top locations joining Bell and Café Boulud are 3800 Ocean, Chef Dean
James Max’s new location; Chef Darryl Moiles at the Four Seasons Resort; and
Chef Holger Struett of Chops Lobster Bar, just to name a few.

VIP tickets (which include an exclusive seated reception area, gift bag,
special demonstrations, as well as the entire evening’s activities) are $125
per person, pre-sale and $150 at the door. General admission event tickets
are $80 per person, pre-sale and $100 at the door. For information on
donating auction lots, becoming a volunteer, establishing a sponsorship or on
obtaining tickets call 561.998.2983 or visit strengthflorida.org.

About Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation


Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary
benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Each
spring, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent
and passion to more than 40 events across the United States, with one goal
in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Taste of
the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food
Network, Brown-Forman and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.
Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $80 million. Funds
raised in 2010 supported 156 organizations in the United States, Canada and
abroad. To purchase tickets or to get involved, visit TasteOfTheNation.org.

5. PRINCETON: TASTE OF THE NATION: Dennis Malloy: Just 'a guy who
loves to cook’
The Princeton Packet (Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
Victoria Hurley-Schubert
April 1, 2011
http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2011/04/01/the_princeton_packet/lifest
yle/doc4d960957f32b3244101306.txt

Even though some of the area’s finest restaurants will be serving gourmet
fare and drinks at Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, the focus will not
be on the fabulous food, but on raising awareness for hunger relief in the
Princeton and Mercer County area.

On April 11, more than 40 area restaurants and mixologists will be


participating in the Monday evening event at the Westin Princeton at
Forrestal Village, Plainsboro.

One of the highlights of the evening will be the live auction, which includes
a dinner for six donated and cooked by radio personality Dennis Malloy.

Mr. Malloy is the afternoon talk show host on NJ 101.5 every weekday and
frequently talks about his cooking and how important it is to himself and his
family.

“I’m not a caterer, I’m just a guy who loves to cook,” he said. “I cook every
day for my kids, and they have different tastes, so I try to throw a few things
together.” He has a family dinner every night; he even has a full family
dinner cooked by his mother at least one Sunday a month. “The family meal
is so important, and (at 26 and 24) they still love to sit around the dinner
table, I love it.”
He is donating his skills for an Italian dinner for six, and will customize the
menu for the winner’s taste.

“My mom is Sicilian, and she cooked every night, that was her job,” he
said. “I was a hungry kid, so I’d wait by the pot for whatever didn’t make it
in.”

Event organizers are excited about Mr. Malloy’s participation.

“He’s always talking about food and he’s done videos with Alicia Vitarelli
(an anchor on Philadelphia-based Action News and former News 12 anchor)
and he’s a self-taught chef,” said Hilary Morris, who is helping with the
publicity for the event. “He’s such a funny, entertaining guy. He knows his
stuff.” She been involved with Mr. Malloy doing a demonstration at Mrs. G’s in
Lawrence earlier this year where he made appetizer foods.

Besides sampling great food, attendees will be supporting local charities


that work to end hunger such as Lawrence-based Homefront, Trenton-based
Mercer Street Friends and Isles, Inc., and the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Since 1992, Taste of the Nation-Princeton has given more than $693,000 to
the Princeton area; since its inception 20 years ago, Taste of the Nation
nationwide has raised more than $70 million for hunger relief.

More than 55 Taste of the Nation events will take place this spring.

Taste of the Nation- Princeton will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

Newcomers this year include D’Angelo’s, The Peacock Inn, Palate, Grille
Stone, Makeda, Village Cupcake , Palermo’s and Zoubi.

Mixologists will be mixing Chambord Fleur de Lis with Chambord Flavored


Vodka and Chambord Liqueur and Herradura French Margarita with
Herradura Silver and Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur.
Tickets cost $85 and can be purchased online at strength.org/princeton or
by calling 877-26-TASTE.

6. Happy April Fools!


Chicago Food Snob Blog (Mentions Share Our Strength)
April 1, 2011
http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-food-snob/2011/04/happy-april-
fools.html

Mercadito's "Tacos for Strength" - this taco is GOOD!


A year-long campaign led by Chef Patricio Sandoval, features a taco by a
different celebrated chef each month to benefit Share Our Strength®. This
April, Chef Rodelio Aglibot, "The Food Buddha," will offer the Food Buddha's
"Firecracker" Pork taco at all Mercadito locations beginning Friday, April 1
through Saturday, April 30.

Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-food-


snob/2011/04/happy-april-fools.html#ixzz1IYqQUZ31

7. Palm Beach County Taste of the Nation set for Aprill 13


Sun Sentinel (Mentions Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
John Tanasychuk
April 1, 2011
http://weblogs.sun-
sentinel.com/features/food/restaurants/blog/2011/04/palm_beach_county_tast
e_of_the.html

Share our Strength Taste of the Nation returns to Palm Beach County
Wednesday.
Top chefs and restaurants from across the county will offer samples of their
fare at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach.
Chef Zach Bell, of Café Boulud in Palm Beach, will be joined by: Dean James
Max of 3800 Ocean in Singer Island; Darryl Moiles of Four Seasons Palm
Beach; Roy Villacrusis of Kubo in North Palm Beach and Holger Struett of
Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton.
Share Our Strength’s goal is to end childhood hunger. It supplies close to
11,000 lunches daily to Palm Beach County’s lowest income families.
Tickets are $80 before the event or $100 at the door. VIP tickets are $125
before or $150 at the door. For tickets, call 561-998-2983 or log on to
strengthflorida.org, where you’ll also find the complete list of 35 participating
restaurants.
The next Broward event, which has raised $2 million over 19 years, is June 2.
The next Miami event, which raised $85,000 last year, is July 7.

8. Zach Bell vs. Dean Max at Taste of the Nation


Broward Palm Beach New Times (Mentions Share Our Strength and
Taste of the Nation)
Bill Citara
April 1, 2011
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/2011/04/zach_bell_dea
n_max_taste_of_the_nation_west_palm_beach.php

Palm Beach County's first annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation
benefit, to be held Wednesday, April 13, in West Palm's Kravis Center, will
feature a cooking competition between two of NoSoFla's (that's North South
Florida to you) hottest chefs.

Zach Bell of Café Boulud and Dean James Max of 3030 Ocean will go toque-
to-toque in a culinary throwdown that combines the mystery basket of the
Food Network's Chopped with the intense time pressure of Top Chef's
Quickfire Challenge.

The competition will take place at 7 p.m. at the center's Cohen Pavilion, with
the chefs side-by-side onstage in front of self-supplied cooking equipment.
They'll then have 15 minutes to create a dish based on the ingredients in two
identical baskets, to be judged by a distinguished panel of three judges. (Or
at least a mostly distinguished panel, since cookbook author and former
Washington Times restaurant critic Judith Olney and Dine magazine editor
Katy Lynch will be joined by yours truly.)

Whose cuisine will reign supreme?

How the hell should I know? I haven't tasted it yet. We'll all find out at 7:30
p.m. But it does promise to be fun. And there's not a better cause than
ending childhood hunger, especially at a time when everyone whose name
isn't Goldman Sachs is taking it in the chin.

Among the participating restaurants: Café Boulud, 3030 Ocean, Dada,


Atlantic Ocean Club, Casa d'Angelo, Roy Villacrusis's extraordinary Kubo and
more. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $80 in
advance and $100 at the door. VIP tickets are $125 in advance and $150 at
the door. Get 'em here. http://www.strengthflorida.org/

9. Guy Fieri & Vanilla Ice at Sunda; Blokes & Birds Lunch; Food
Buddha's Mercadito Taco; Yoshi's Japan Relief
Eater Chicago (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Ari Bendersky
April 1, 2011
http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2011/04/01/guy-fieri-vanilla-ice-at-sunda-
blokes-birds-lunch-food-buddhas-mercadito-taco-yoshis-japan-relief.php

RIVER NORTH—The new odd couple? Guy Fieri and Vanilla Ice were in town
and dined together at Sunda last night. [AV Club]
WRIGLEYVILLE—Get lunch at Blokes & Birds every day there's a Cubs home
game. The gastropub opens two hours before game time. [EaterWire]
More, more, more >>>
RIVER NORTH—Rodelio Aglibot's Food Buddha's Firecracker Pork taco is this
month's featured taco for Mercadito's "tacos for strength." It's available
throughout April and proceeds benefit Share Our Strength. [EaterWire]
LAKEVIEW—Yoshi's will host a five-course meal to raise money for Peace
Winds Japan with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the organization.
Tickets are $125 (excluding tax and tip) and can be reserved at 773-248-
6160.

10. Feed Your Soul


The Atlantan (Mentions Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation)
April 1, 2011
http://blogs.modernluxury.com/the-atlantan/events/feed-your-soul

Duck sliders, mieng kum and Kenny Rogers have all been on the
menu before. This year, a Yankee comes to town on April 14. NYC
restaurateur Danny Meyer hosts the can’t-miss Share our Strength’s Taste of
the Nation to raise funds for its No Kid Hungry Campaign. taste.strength.org

11. Hartford Foundation grants helping two museums


Hartford Business Journal (Mentions Share Our Strength)
April 4, 2011
http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news17718.html?Type=search

Partnership targets hungry kids


Connecticut’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, a statewide public-private
partnership aimed at ending childhood hunger by 2015, got a high-powered
launch March 23.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; USDA Under Secretary Kevin Colcannon; State Senate
President Don Williams and State Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan
joined a diverse group of community leaders, chefs and education leaders for
a kickoff event at Macdonough School in Middletown.
Walmart donated $100,000 to help start the program, which will provide
meals to kids in summer schools, parks and programs. Share Our Strength,
with support from sponsor C&S Wholesale Grocers, is giving $200,000 to End
Hunger Connecticut for the campaign’s first year.
In Connecticut, more than 127,000 children are at risk of hunger. The
Summer Meals Program provides children nutritious meals when school lets
out, but the program isn’t reaching about 75 percent of eligible children. The
After School Supper Program closes the dinnertime hunger gap, but at least
24,000 eligible children are not participating in the program. There are only
two After School Supper Programs in the state.
Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger,
and End Hunger Connecticut, a statewide anti-hunger and food security
organization, have set a goal of increasing the number of summer meals
served by 10 percent, or 150,000 additional meals, in the first year.
12. Tastefully Simple- A Review by Nikki Brewer
Home Party Review (Mentions Share Our Strength)
Niki Brewer
April 2011
http://www.homepartyreview.com/tastefully-simple-review-nikki-brewer/#

Provide a brief description of your company and the products?


Tastefully Simple provides you the food you love with the time you deserve!
From main dishes to desserts, we offer a wide variety of easy-to-prepare
foods and gifts for every day and every occasion. Best of all, our products can
be enjoyed right out of the package or prepared within minutes!
Provide a brief company history including how long in business and how
many consultants in how many countries.
How It All Started
Though the company got its start in a small shed in Minnesota, Tastefully
Simple has become a $100 million-plus enterprise with thousands of
consultants nationwide. What’s the secret to this success? We believe that
exceptional products, services and, above all, people have made it happen.
From humble beginnings to ranking near the top of the Inc. 500 list of
America’s fastest-growing private companies, Tastefully Simple has been
making headlines for over 10 years. More importantly, we’ve been helping
change the lives of thousands of people across the nation.
So sit back, stay awhile and discover how it all began … on what our Founder
& CEO Jill Blashack Strahan often calls “a dream and a shoestring!”
What is the cost to start up? What comes in the startup kit?
Business Blast Off Kit®
For only $170 (or 3 payments of $56.66)* plus tax, you have all the samples
and supplies you need for your first four parties. It’s the most cost-effective
way to blast off to a successful start.
Just a Taste Business Kit
For only $89** plus tax (payment plan not available), you can get a taste of
Tastefully Simple with the samples and supplies needed for your first two
parties.
Are there any additional expenses (startup, yearly renewal, website, etc)?
Our website is $10.95 a month
If you would like to accept credit/debit cards our ProPay company is $29.95
How much is the commission on personal sales and downline? How often are
consultants paid?
All consultants get 30% instand commision from the start. If you build a team
you get additional leadership commision.
What are some of the additional benefits/rewards consultants can earn?
Tastefully Simple Indulgences
Ready to indulge yourself with some other well-deserved rewards? As a
Tastefully Simple consultant, you can earn Indulgences points for your sales
every month. Your points can be redeemed anytime for fabulous
merchandise … including jewelry, home decor, electronics, children’s items,
family selections and much more!
Incentive Rewards
Throughout the year, we also offer a variety of fun and challenging incentives
for our consultants. By achieving your sales or recruiting goals during these
incentive periods, you can earn exclusive, limited-time rewards – ranging
from luggage to apparel to vacations anywhere within the continental United
States.
Discount Programs
When you become a Tastefully Simple consultant, you’ll also be entitled to a
variety of special perks and discounts for software, insurance, car rentals and
more!
What is your favorite thing about your company?
That we have a Party! ..not a show..not a lecture..not a presentation..we
PARTY!
We eat, chat, and Have Fun!!
Not to mention our Classy Chocolate Pound is pretty snazzy….and every box
sold gives $1 to the Share Our Strength Foundation
What is your favorite product?
Oh there is so many!!
I love the Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup. It is so easy to make. It has
vegetables in it and it is so good that my daughter eats two bowls!!

13. Celebrity Chef Cat Cora to Join Sunset Magazine at SAVOR the
Central Coast 2011
KLFY (Mentions Share Our Strength)
PR Newswire
April 4, 2011
http://www.klfy.com/Global/story.asp?S=14376185

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunset


magazine (www.sunset.com) is thrilled to announce Cat Cora as the featured
chef at the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast 2011 celebration of food, wine,
and fine living. Ms. Cora will present a seminar on cooking with local,
seasonal ingredients during the Main Event at the Santa Margarita Ranch and
will be in attendance at the Paso Glow on October 1, 2011.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110404/LA76062)
First schedule and venue details were also announced today, including an
exclusive reception at the Central Coast's crown jewel, Hearst Castle.
Additionally, the classic California vibe of the Pismo Beach Pier will serve as
the backdrop to the Sunset 2011 Western Wine Awards Gala.
Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast will take place throughout San Luis Obispo
County from September 29 through October 2, 2011. Over 7,000 visitors are
expected to attend this year's event and enjoy the beauty, bounty, and flavor
of this largely unspoiled region.
Cat Cora, the featured celebrity chef for Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast
2011, is arguably America's most famous female chef. Ms. Cora is most
widely known as a regular on Iron Chef America, though she has long been a
popular television personality, appearing on NBC, The Food Network and PBS.
Outside the kitchen, Ms. Cora is the President and Founder of Chefs for
Humanity, a not-for-profit organization comprised of culinary professionals
working to fight hunger by providing food nutrition, education, emergency
food relief and humanitarian aid worldwide. Recognizing Cat's altruistic
determination in the food world, UNICEF named her a nutritional
spokesperson to help raise awareness for humanitarian crises around the
world.
Available information on the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast 2011 schedule
is as follows:
• Thursday, September 29: The four-day event kicks off in grand style with an
opening soiree at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. A perfect blend of vintage
grandeur and artful opulence, Hearst Castle will provide the elegant setting
for an evening of artisan cocktails and prestigious small-lot wines from some
of the producers who have put the Central Coast on the map. From the
castle's stunning perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this will be a rare
opportunity to relive the epic days of William Randolph Hearst, Charlie
Chaplin and Marion Davies.
• Friday, September 30: A day for agricultural and culinary exploration: Take
tours across the Central Coast's wildly diverse landscapes to witness abalone
and oyster farming, winegrape harvesting, goat cheese-making, olive
harvesting and pressing, and more. At sunset, enjoy the Sunset 2011
Western Wine Awards Gala on the Pismo Beach Pier.
o Sunset 2011 Western Wine Awards Gala, one of the weekend's most
important events, will be held on the Pismo Beach Pier to honor the
West's best vintners. Join Sunset editor-in-chief Katie Tamony, wine
editor Sara Schneider, and Sunset's panel of professional judges
including Western wine writers, sommeliers, and wine makers, as these
prestigious awards are unveiled.
• Saturday, October 1: The highly-anticipated Main Event at the Santa
Margarita Ranch, where visitors can taste wine from over 200 Central Coast
producers, indulge in delicious dishes prepared by over 30 chefs using local
ingredients, walk the specially-planted 2-acre kitchen garden, sit in on
seminars conducted by Sunset's expert editors, and wander the 20,000
square-foot pavilion celebrating all things Central Coast. Other highlights on
October 1 include:
o Featured celebrity chef, Cat Cora, will present a seminar on cooking
with local, seasonal ingredients.
o "SAVOR the Mission Plaza," an al fresco dining experience in the heart
of one of California's most vibrantly alive cities, features the talents of
San Luis Obispo County's best chefs and the flavors of its award-
winning wines.
o The "Paso Glow" event takes advantage of Paso Robles' warm fall
evenings in City Park, which will be transformed into the site of a
magical, illuminated reverie as gifted local chefs join Cat Cora to create
a memorable culinary evening, and winemakers and farmers celebrate
the delicious abundance of the Central Coast beneath the moon.
• Sunday, October 2: The Main Event in Santa Margarita continues, followed
that evening by a magnificent Grand Finale, details for which will be released
in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast 2011 event will go on sale
May 5, 2011. For more information, please visit
www.SavorCentralCoast.com.
Sunset magazine has partnered with the San Luis Obispo County Visitors &
Conference Bureau to launch Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast. For more
event information and ticketing, visit www.savorcentralcoast.com, or call
800-768-6653. Become a fan on our Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/SavorCC, or follow us on Twitter (@SavorCC).
Ticket proceeds and sponsorships are considered donations to the San Luis
Obispo County Visitors & Convention Bureau, a 501 c 6 non-profit tourism
organization promoting San Luis Obispo County.
About Sunset magazine
Sunset magazine is the premier guide to life in the West, covering the newest
and best ideas in Western home design and landscaping, food and
entertaining, and regional travel in 13 Western states. Sunset and
www.sunset.com are part of the lifestyle group of magazines and websites
published by the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group.
About Cat Cora
In 2005, Chef Cat Cora made television history by becoming the first and only
female Iron Chef on Food Network's Iron Chef America. The mother of four
boys has authored three top-selling cookbooks, opened three restaurants in
partnerships with Macy's (CCQ), Walt Disney World Boardwalk Resort
(Kouzzina by Cat Cora), and her newest venture, Cat Cora, which opens in the
Virgin Terminal at San Francisco International in April 2011 as well as
launched her own collection of wines, entitled Coranation. In January 2011,
Cora launched her first line of cookware with Starfrit, Canada's leading
purveyor of eco-friendly cookware and kitchen gadgets, and introduced her
Cat Cora's Kitchen line of olive oils, vinegar, cooking sauces and tapenades
by Gaea, the leader in Greek specialty food products. Cora will release her
first children's book, Suitcase Surprise for Mommy (Dial Books, 2011) a sweet
and comforting tool for kids and parents to use when Mom or Dad have to
travel, in March 2011. Cora is the co-host for Disney's "Muppets Kitchen with
Cat Cora" and "Hasty Tasty" web series. She is currently shooting a pilot for
the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) where she travels around the country
helping families in need of a healthy lifestyle change. In 2004, Cora, an avid
philanthropist and UNICEF spokesperson, founded Chefs For Humanity in
response to the tsunami disaster in Indonesia. This not for profit
organization has partnered with Share Our Strength as well as the World Food
Programme to provide nutrition education and hunger relief worldwide. For
more information please visit, www.catcora.com and follow Cat on Twitter
(@catcora) and Facebook.
About the San Luis Obispo Visitors & Conference Bureau
The San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau promotes San
Luis Obispo County through advertising, marketing, public relations and
group sales. Its member base is comprised of over 500 tourism industry-
related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, golf
courses and retail stores. For more information on the VCB, please visit
www.SanLuisObispoCounty.com or contact Molly Morrison Cano at
805.781.2531 or mollym@sanluisobispocounty.com.

14. Federal farm subsidies should be slashed


The Washington Post
Editorial
April 1, 2011
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/federal-farm-subsidies-should-be-
slashed/2011/04/01/AFLySkJC_story.html

THE FLIP SIDE of the high food prices that continue to nag at family budgets
is a boom down on the farm, as the people who grow commodities enjoy
record prices for both land and crops. The Agriculture Department projects
net farm income of $94.7 billion in 2011, up almost 20 percent over the
previous year and the second-best year for farm income since 1976. Indeed,
the department notes that the top five earnings years out of the past 30 have
occurred since 2004.
Corn and wheat farmers are living large, but most fortunate of all are cotton
farmers. Cotton receipts, the USDA says, are expected to rise by more than
one-third this year, boosted by a 31 percent rise in exports. Cotton is so
lucrative, in fact, that many grain farmers are shifting acreage into the fluffy
white crop, notwithstanding the high prices for corn, wheat and soybeans.
The farm boom reflects a host of factors, from strong demand in emerging
markets such as India and China to a long drought in Australia’s wheat-
growing regions. But U.S. government policies, including support for corn-
based ethanol and the Federal Reserve’s money-cheapening “quantitative
easing,” also have helped.
In other words, the case for direct federal subsidies of agriculture has never
been weaker. But try telling that to the House Agriculture Committee, whose
Republican chairman and senior Democrat recently wrote to House Budget
Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), pleading with him to spare farmers
in his forthcoming fiscal 2012 budget plan: “Some may argue that the current
agriculture economy and farm prices are strong and therefore now would be
a good time to cut our agriculture policies even further,” wrote Frank D.
Lucas (R-
Okla.) and Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.), “but this conclusion ignores lessons
from history. The agriculture economy is cyclical.” The letter implied that the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps low-income
Americans buy groceries, might be trimmed instead.
You heard that right: Low-income people who are struggling in the here and
now should be considered for less aid so that middle- and upper-income
people (which is what most farmers are) can be protected against hard times
that might come, someday.
The farm-state legislators have a point. Spending on the farm “safety net”
has been in decline; it averaged $12.9 billion per year over the past half-
decade, about $5 billion per year less than the 2002-06 average. And
agriculture is, indeed, cyclical. USDA forecasts a further drop in government
payments to $10.6 billion in 2011 in part because certain programs don’t pay
in the fat years.
But direct payments — a $5 billion-a-year handout to grain and cotton
farmers regardless of economic conditions — remain, as does the question of
why farmers should get subsidies at all. After all, the whole economy is
cyclical. And when it’s going through a bad time, as it is now, it seems doubly
unfair to expect taxpayers to prop up what are often wealthy producers,
much less to expect the poor to sacrifice nutrition benefits.
In fact, the “safety net” discourages farmers from prudently putting profits
from record years such as this one into a reserve for the inevitable
downturns. Instead, they can spend the windfall on expanded production,
safe in the knowledge that Uncle Sam will protect them if gluts develop. To
his credit, President Obama put a $2.5 billion cut in direct payments over 10
years into his 2012 budget proposal. Mr. Ryan has expressed similar views.
The budget chairman needs to stick to his guns and make this the year that
budget sanity finally prevails down on the farm.