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Upcoming March Against Monsanto; Theater District Dining; Green Restaurant Nominations

Marching to Label GMO Foods

March Against Monsanto logo

This Saturday, October 12, thousands of people around the world are expected to march against ag-biotech giant Monsanto – including in Princeton where the focus will be on getting foods containing GMOs labeled. Organizers of the Princeton march, which kicks off at 2 pm at the Whole Earth Center, include that natural foods store, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ), Food & Water Watch of New Jersey, and GMO-Free NJ. Read about what the march will entail, as well as background info on the GMO debate, in my revealing interview with march organizer and NJ food activist Theresa Lam in the October 9 issue of US 1.

Mercato in NYC’s Theater District (& a Bonus Find)

When I am dining before or after a play or concert, I try to pick a place within walking distance. This past Sunday I needed a lunch spot near Playwrights Horizon, where I was going to see Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. (Yes, the Mr. Burns in the title refers to the Simpsons character. I had snatched tickets after reading this glowing review by Ben Brantley in The NY Times.)

Mercato roomMy choice was Mercato, an unpretentious, surprisingly authentic Italian spot on 39th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues. We enjoyed good-size pours of a Montepulciano ($9) and a Falanghina ($11), as well as excellent espresso. Here are highlights of what we ate in between.

The special app of tuna tartare, below, doesn’t come cheap ($16) but it’s uncharacteristically generous and beautifully accented with pomegranate seeds, capers, and slivers of yellow pepper:

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The best dish of the meal, hands down, was this pasta dish from the regular menu. The cavatelli-like pasta is actually Sardinian malloreddus, here enveloped by braised wild boar ragu ($18):

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To be honest, my choice – fettuccine with mushrooms – couldn’t compare. Since we still had time to kill before the performance, we strolled around the outdoor flea market I had spotted at the end of the block. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is a real find! Among the treasures I snagged were a pair of vintage Trifari earrings, which I haggled down to $12. God, how I love New York!
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Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

New Jersey Finalists Announced for Nature’s Plate Award:
Vote Now for Your Favorite Green Restaurant

Nature Conservancy logoIn a previous post I urged you to nominate your favorite ‘green’ restaurant for the Nature Conservancy’s national award. The eateries with the most nominations have entered the finalist voting round, which is open from now until October 15 at 5 pm EST. The finalists in New Jersey are:

Ninety Acres, Peapack
Eno Terra, Kingston
Local Urban Kitchen, Brielle
BluePlate, Mullica Hill

All of them embrace green practices like using sustainable seafood, free-range and grass-fed meat, organic produce, locally sourced food, and tap water (rather than bottled water). Vote for your favorite at www.nature.org/naturesplatenj.

To sweeten the deal, one voter will be chosen at random to receive a $100 gift certificate to the winning restaurant. The winning restaurant and lucky voter will be announced October 17.

GMO Film, Talk, Dine; Dairy Day Camp; Eat Drink Local Week; Museums Focus on Food

If you’re concerned with who controls the future of your food and how to feed your family in a GMO world (and, frankly, you should be), then this is for you

The Princeton Environmental Film Festival has teamed up with the Whole Earth Center and Mediterra restaurant for 2 days of events centered around the new film, GMO OMG, produced and directed by Jeremy Seifert. Here’s the rundown:

GMO OMG

Film Screening & Post-screening Q&A with Jeremy Seifert

When: Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 pm
Where: Garden Theater, Princeton
How: Tickets are $7.50 in advance (plus $1.40 eventbrite fee)

GMO Talk by Producer/Director Jeremy Seifert

When: Wednesday, July 10, from 2 to 3 pm
Where: Whole Earth Center, Princeton
How: Free (with free kids’ activities); pre-register

Dinner & Discussion with Jeremy Seifert

When: Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 pm
Where: Mediterra Restaurant, Princeton
How: $40/person, 3 courses (optional wine pairing, $20)

For tickets, more information, or to sign up for any of these events, click here.

Still Looking for a Summer Activity for Your Child?

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My two – now grown – would have loved this: Dairy Day Camp at Fulper Farms in Lambertville. 5- and 3-day day camps – offered for kids 8 to 13 – include activities like leading, washing, clipping, and showing your own calf; making homemade ice cream, butter, and milkshakes; and seeing a cow give birth. Camps run through July and a bit of August. I haven’t checked out price or availability, but you can get some details here, then contact Molly Pfaffenroth at 609.651.5991 or camp@fulperfarms.com.

Dine Out Now for Eat Drink Local Week

Eat Drink Local Week 2013

We’re smack in the middle of this annual event presented by Edible Jersey magazine. Through this Saturday (June 29) more than 60 NJ restaurants – including our top-rated ones – are featuring special prix fixe or supplemental menus that celebrate our local, seasonal bounty. Check out the list here and then make your reservation!

Exhibits in NY, DC & NJ Focus on Food

Shop Life @ Tenement Museum

Shop Life @ Tenement Museum

I’ve been making the rounds of major art, culture, and history museums on the East Coast, taking a big bite of their special exhibits that focus on food, drink, and dining. Dig into what I found at the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, The Tenement Museum, Grounds For Sculpture, and Liberty Hall at Kean University, here in the June 26 issue of US 1.