Free and open to the public, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival celebrates East Kensington’s incredible mix of local artists, musicians and eateries. Organized by the dedicated volunteers of the East Kensington Neighbors Association and featuring over 200 local arts and food vendors, TAAF attracts 10k+ attendees to raise funds for neighborhood projects and revitalization. The festival is held on Trenton Avenue, a wide cobblestone street that has been part of Kensington’s rich creative history for over a hundred years. By hosting the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, EKNA continues that tradition.
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Farm-to-Table Dinners with Outstanding in the Field
Jim Denevan founded Outstanding in the Field (@out_inthefield) in the late 1990s following a series of "farmer dinners" he hosted in Santa Cruz, California. From these dinners, Jim realized that people wanted to learn more about where their food was coming from. Now, over a decade later, Outstanding in the Field hosts farm-to-table dinners all across the United States, and they’re inviting you to join in by following along on Instagram.
Jim and his crew travel the United States in a vintage red and white bus, hosting dinners at local ranches, vineyards and orchards along the way. The crew teams up with farmers and chefs at each location to prepare dinners using local, seasonal ingredients for over 100 people per sitting. Guests tour the site and meet the farmers before gathering at a long table — often in a scenic area such as a mountaintop or sea cave — to enjoy their meal together.
Follow @out_inthefield to see more photos and videos from the team as they cook up delicious farm dinners around the United States.
Well, that certainly didn’t take long.
Only a few days ago, the news spread regarding the fact that you can’t really trust food labels as much as you’d think. The problem was that of cross-contamination, wherein items like tree nuts were being stored and packaged in the same facilities as other items, but the companies didn’t warn about the possibility of such an allergen being present. This, as you could imagine, was not the best news for those who have very specific diets based on their allergies. My post ended with a plea for consumers to obtain more knowledge regarding where their food comes from: If one can ask the farmer or business owner directly about how their food is packaged and shipped, one can become more aware of risks of an allergic reaction. But here’s the thing about technology: It’s awesome.
Last week it was announced that UCLA professors have developed a system that will allow smart phones users to detect allergens on their own.
"Last year Berlin delicatessen Floris Feinkost launched its own gourmet vending machine featuring such classy treats as bottles of Legras & Haas champagne, Peters pralines, Dutch stroopwafels (these things) and Floris lemon sea salts.
Open 24/7, the machine is also debit-card activated and replenished every day to ensure freshness. Sure, it’s missing some sorely-needed tins of caviar, but with a price range of between €2 and €20 (or $2.60 and $26), you can probably buy yourself enough bubbly to feel fancy without them.”
— via FoodBeast