Sustainability Matters: February 14, 2014

tea

 

Rethinking what's in your cup: companies pledge to improve working conditions on India's tea plantations. [Grist]

 

For lower income students, snow days can mean empty stomachs. [NPR]

 

Cartoonist Joe Mohr illustrates the dangers of Bisphenol A, or BPA, with Popeye the Sailor. [Treehugger]

 

Why is nutrition so confusing? Blame the research environment. [NYT]

 

The future of vegetarian food substitutes might lie in Silicon Valley. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 9

Chefs at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar next week: 


Sunday, February 9, 12:00 noon

Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner 

Known for her signature blend of Middle Eastern, Armenian, and Mediterranean cuisines, Zov Karamardian runs an empire of restaurants, bistros, and bakeries in Southern California. For this special Friends of James Beard Benefit, Karamardian has crafted a vibrant menu of her legendary fare and will present it along with cooking demonstrations with featured guest and television star Carla Hall. The event will be emceed by JBF Award winner Sherry Yard.

 

Sunday, February 9, 4:00 P.M. 

Valentine's Tea

Treat your valentine to a romantic afternoon tea prepared by an incredible group of chefs and pastry chefs. The top talents... Read more >

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Giveaway: Get an Artisan Tea Sampler from Beard House Purveyor Mighty Leaf Tea!

Mighty Leaf Tea
As our schedules return to revved-up status after the easygoing weeks of summer, we’re called back to the pleasures of sipping on a mellow mug of tea after a long day. To help you maximize these relaxing moments, we’re teaming up with our fine tea purveyor, Mighty Leaf Tea, to give away 500 free samples of their amazing artisan teas!

Mighty Leaf recognizes that the purest, most natural ingredients deliver the richest tea flavors and unforgettable sensory experiences. Their artisan-crafted blends of whole leaf tea touch all the senses, blending together whole tea leaves, fruit, spices, and blossoms—flavors too big for ordinary tea bags. Mighty Leaf teas are always whole leaf teas, never cut, torn or crushed, and are wrapped in simple, artisan-crafted tea pouches, which are made from fully biodegradable materials.

The San Francisco–based company is giving away the following sampler to 500 members of the JBF community: 1 iced

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Recipe: Jasmine Tea Sorbet

Jasmine Tea Sorbet There's no better antidote to a humidity-cloaked day than this elegant and mellow sorbet from Ty Bellingham of New York's Kittichai. The icy treat gets its breezy, floral character from jasmine and Earl Grey tea leaves, while coconut milk adds a refreshing sweetness. Get the recipe here. Looking for more ways to cool down? We've got more frozen dessert recipes here.

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Recipes: Mother's Day Tea

Shuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreadShuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbread

Instead of taking Mom out for the requisite brunch this Mother's Day, why not throw a tea party in her honor? Keep things simple with this selection of decadent homemade sweets. Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread These rose petal–flecked cookies have a wonderful crumbly texture and a delicate sweet, floral flavor. Homemade Mallomars Make your own batch of these gooey, crunchy, chocolate-covered marshmallow

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