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Kickstarter Love: The Boxcar Grocer

By • July 25, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, an inventive new grocery store in Atlanta, GA. 

Convenience stores typically aren't much to write home about, but the The Boxcar Grocer in Atlanta, GA is redefining what a convenience store can be. They're making the convenice store a socially conscious, locally focused community center stocked with products that are healthy for their customers and their community. Sounds like just the type of convenience store we'd like to shop at!

After careers in fashion retail, nightclub management and working in a wine bar, brother-sister team Alphonso and Alison came together to open The Boxcar Grocer in hopes of providing a better grocery option to a community overlooked by traditional retailers. The two have their hands full stocking their shelves with all-natural products, offering prepared sandwiches and working with the community, but they don't want to stop there. They have plans to start a Pop Food program, which they describe as "an innovative farmer's market style food court located inside our store," as well as expand their inventory, and bring in a greater variety of fresh produce. And they're committed to opening three more stores in food desserts by 2014.

Sounds to us like Alison and Alphonso have their hands full with some exciting projects. Why not check out their Kickstarter page and see how you can help out! 

The Boxcar Grocer from Kickstarter 

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Kickstarter Love: El Poblano Farm

By • July 17, 2012 • 1 Comment

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, a new farm growing a bounty of rare Mexican produce.

The herbs pipiche, papalo and epazote might not sound familiar to you, but enterprising farmer Gudelio Garcia is bringing these Mexican flavors to New Yorkers with his new venture, El Poblano Farm. He grows all sorts of Mexican herbs and vegetables not otherwise available this far north - and New Yorkers are catching on. You can catch his produce at local restaurants and farmers' markets, or sign up for a home delivery (which can be paid for using food stamps). 

Garcia started his farm on a one-acre plot on Staten Island in 2010, and the popularity of his herbs and produce at New York farmers' markets and among restaurant chefs allowed him to expand his operation to a ten-acre farm in New Jersey. That's where you come in! Garcia still needs to finish planting his New Jersey farm for the late summer and fall season, and start a seed bank for next year's crop. He's raising money to get his larger farm into full gear, where he'll be growing more than 60 varities of herbs and produce. 

Which is all good news to us, considering we can't wait to use his herbs and vegetables in everything from Guacamole (which he tells us is traditionally prepared using the Mexican herb papalo instead of cilantro) to taco toppings!

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Too Many Cooks: What's your Favorite Food Movie?

By • July 13, 2012 • 35 Comments

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You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

We've talked about favorite gadgets and guilty pleasures, now on to something a little more visual: this week's question is, what's your favorite food movie?

These video clips should do a thorough job of sending you off into the weekend. Post your favorite food movies (and TV shows, why not) in the comments!

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Kickstarter Love: Sweets & Bitters Quarterly

By • July 11, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, a new quarterly to provide inspiration, and recipes, to home cooks.


To say that we haven’t been won over by the internet, fast involved in the throes of digital media, would be like saying we don’t like cake. (Completely, utterly untrue.) But there remains a piece of all of us (or a slice, if you’d rather keep the the cake metaphor alive) devoted to print media. We love tangible things, too. The ones that, when stained, add character rather than a fizzled hard drive. We love them especially in the form of food quarterlies, and especially when they explain their project through cake decorating.

Sweets & Bitters Quarterly is the newest tangible thing on our radar, and we can’t wait to stain its pages, even though they might be too pretty to do so. It’s the dream of Hannah Kirshner, a self-described baker turned Brooklynite, and it’s helped into reality by designer Isaac Gertman and photographer Kristen Blush. Together, they’ve created a quarterly where they hope cooks will find inspiration, tips, and more eye candy than they know what to do with. True to the name, each issue will feature desserts and cocktails, but everyday foods will be peppered through the pages as well. (We’d rather eat desserts every day, but the more wholesome recipes are included just in case you don’t.)

All of your contributions will go toward the printing of the first issue. Anything beyond their fundraising goal will go toward the next printing, and the next printing after that. Give a dollar, or 25; if you decide on the latter, you’ll get a VIP invite to the launch party, an issue, and your name printed in the issue. Which means, in essence, that you’ll be famous. It’s a small price to pay.


Sweets & Bitters Quarterly
from Kickstarter

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Kickstarter Love: Nomiku

By • June 27, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, a new device brings sous vide to the home cook.


Sous vide is taking the cooking world by storm. The method, involving slow cooking in a temperature-controlled water bath, produces moist, almost confusingly-tender food. And, because of the constant temperature, results are consistent, every time.

It’s no wonder that chefs are into this technology; white-linen restaurants have been serving up sous vide specialties for years now. But, due to the high cost and complication of machines, home cooks haven’t had such universal access, and by extension, have perhaps been missing out on the most tender steaks of all time. (That's not a comment on your cooking, we promise.) That’s changing. Enter the Nomiku: an immersion circulator made with all of the accuracy of the professional versions, but with a design and price point tailored to the home cook.

We can contribute to their success. All donations go toward component, mechanical, and testing costs: which is to say, basically giving the green light to production. Give $5, and the co-founding physics wiz will answer a physics question. (Here’s your chance to really test out his Ph. D.) Give $299, and you’ll get a limited edition Nomiku, the genius device behind this whole campaign.

Everyone should be able to bring a little sous vide to their kitchen. Here’s to the end of overcooked meat, everywhere.

Nomiku: bring sous vide into your kitchen from Kickstarter

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Blogs We Love: Food on Paper

By • June 22, 2012 • 1 Comment

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While you're waiting for the gorgeous print of FOOD52's 10 Essential Cookbooks, here's a food-related art project to keep you satisfied: in Food On Paper, artist Elizabeth Graeber draws and paints original watercolors of food.

What food, do you ask? Well, your standard beautiful beets, onions, and lemons -- you really can't go wrong with fresh produce -- but she doesn't stop there. Food On Paper also extends to pantry items and snack food -- gummy bears (as seen above), Bragg's apple cider vinegar, and sriracha all make appearances.

If that appearance by the world's greatest hot sauce didn't make your day, we have even better news: all of these prints are available for sale in Food On Paper's shop. I will happily give my address to anyone who wants to buy me the painting of a can of Vienna sausages.

Food On Paper and the Food On Paper shop

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Kickstarter Love: The World's Fare

By • June 19, 2012 • 0 Comments

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Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, it's about a massive, roaming dinner party.

Family dinner has been given a lot of credit for keeping kids off drugs and parents connected. Sitting down to eat with the people you love is an age-old tradition, one that often spawns new relationships, ideas, and connections. Eating with a group—whether it's family, friends or strangers—is perhaps the most basic communal experience you can have. And one of the most fruitful.

The Feast Conference is a cross-disciplinary series of discussions dedicated to changing the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. Organizers describe the event as a "feast on big ideas" that seeks to address some of "today's toughest challenges." They ask participants to "bring their best to the table" in order to help change the world.

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