The Glynwood Institute’s Dinner and Some Ed
Are you looking for something to do for Food Day on October 24th? How about joining The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming at a potluck on the Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring, New York, from 6:00 – 9:00pm or hosting your own Dinner and Some Ed?
What is Dinner and Some Ed?
Dinner and Some Ed is an effort to raise awareness, and enjoyment, of local, sustainable food. All you need to do is host a meal made from local, sustainable ingredients and show a few videos related to food and farming. We recommend TED and TEDx videos, especially TEDxManhattan videos.
The dinner can be potluck style, where friends and family participate in making the meal by bringing one dish or beverage; the host can prepare the meal, or you could do a combination of the two.
You are not confined to dinner – your event could be a lunch, brunch, picnic, or breakfast. The key is to have a computer or mobile device where you can watch the talks and delicious sustainable food to share with friends.
Why Host Dinner and Some Ed?
Like most dinner parties, there will be good friends, good food, and stimulating conversation. What makes Dinner and Some Ed different is the video talk can serve as a catalyst for conversation, leading to the sharing of ideas and knowledge.
Radical changes in agricultural practices have contributed to climate change, air, water and soil pollution, abuse of antibiotics, animal cruelty, and widespread obesity. Serving sustainable food is a way to examine these problems and possible solutions.
And the food simply tastes better!
What To Do
Use your imagination when creating your dinner. Some suggestions include:
- Choose four talks and watch one before sitting down to each course. You can have a bit of fun matching the talk with the course by incorporating some aspect of the talk into your ingredient selection. Over each course you and your guests can discuss the talks or your experience finding the ingredients and preparing the food. Encourage your guests to make their dish with ingredients from their local farmers market. Have them share which farms they bought their food from.
- Encourage your guests to buy meat, cheese, milk, or eggs that are either certified organic, humanely raised, or antibiotic free.
- Challenge your guests to make a meal from only local ingredients (sourced within 200 miles from where they live). Ask them to bring the recipe to their dish along with where they sourced the food. Give a prize to the dish with the most locally sourced ingredients or the ingredient sourced from the closest place.
- Ask your guests to come with their favorite video and let them host that particular part of the meal and the video. Have them explain why they chose that particular talk.
- Take your guests to a farmers market and have them split up into four groups. Give each group a certain amount of money, e.g., $20, and tell them to buy ingredients for a particular course. The groups will then cook their part of the meal together and present to the rest of the guests. Make it even more fun and ask them to name their dish also!
After your meal, post up a review of your event on the Dinner and Some Ed site.
Happy Food Day!
Change Food is a nonprofit whose mission is to connect and transform the food we eat, the people who produce it, and the world in which it is grown. To read and learn more, visit The Guide to Good Food blog.