News Roundup: Keyfood Opens in Melrose, Baldor Launched a Meal Kit

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A new Keyfood in Melrose celebrated its grand opening in The Bronx last Friday, October 6th. The grocery store is located at 760 Melrose. The store’s manager says he understands the diversity of the neighborhood and if customers want specific items from the Caribbean he will get them in. [Bronx News 12]

Bronx-based Baldor Specialty Foods has joined the meal kit business. The wholesale food supplier launched a line of Veggie Kits under its private label of package food, Urban Roots. The kits, which don’t require a subscription, are fresh, plant-based, refrigerated meals that can be prepared in 15 minutes. Whole Foods, FreshDirect and Shoprite are among the retailers Baldor executives are in talks with to sell the meal kits for $8 each. However, the first line—meals based around cauliflower—are currently available at Jet.com. [New York Post]

Earlier this year a pilot program allowing SNAP users to purchase groceries online started. Now there is evidence that it’s already affecting how people food shop. PBS NewsHour reported that a new study by New York University shows “More people in poor neighborhoods purchased fresh produce when mobile markets used wireless banking machines to accept food stamps“. The study focused on The Bronx because it has the highest obesity rate in New York state.  [PBS NEWSHOUR]

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This Weekend: Hike-toberfest Today & Community Cooking Class Tomorrow!

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We officially welcomed fall yesterday, Friday September 22. Luckily, the summer weather is here to stay for a little longer and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy this 85 degrees than outdoors. The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have the same idea so they’re holding HIKE-toberfest today! Get a head start on Oktoberfest and enjoy our last days of warm weather with hiking and beer. P.S one is not.. Read More

Chock Full o’ (Pine) Nuts Cooking Demo Saturday, April 30

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“Celebrate Arbor Day and sample some tree-derived delicacies! From pesto to pastries, pine nuts add delectable flavor and a nutritional boost to a variety of dishes. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day explains how these noble and ancient “nuts” (seeds, actually) get from their lofty perch atop towering pine trees to your local grocery store. A chef from Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances inspires with some freshly prepared recipes. Arbor Week event.” – Wave Hill

When: Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm

Admission: Free with admission to the grounds.

 

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Morrisania WIC x Bronx Food Blog “Zero Food Waste” Cookshop Tomorrow Mar 8!

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This Tuesday, March 12th the Bronx Food Blog will partner with Morrisania WIC to celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Morrisania WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition education, individually tailored food packages, breast feeding support, and linkages to supportive services for women and children up to five years old. Click here for more information.

We are excited to partner on a special workshop aimed at reducing food waste. Participants will prepare a zesty veggie stir-fry and have the opportunity to learn more about BxFB’s journey to a plantbased diet, along with additional details on the Morrisania WIC Program.

The workshop is open to the public and will take place at 10:30am in the Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center (1225 Gerard Ave, Bronx, NY 10452).

For questions, contact Rebecca of Morrisania WIC at 718-960-2810.
 

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Chef Tony Scarpati Answers Our Questions on How to Buy Fresh Fish

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Chef Tony Scarpati started cooking in his family’s Michelin-acclaimed restaurant when he was 9—one of the perks of growing up in Italy. Today, the chef, food educator and creator of “Ask Chef Tony” regularly makes the 1hr trip in from Westchester to The Bronx’s famed Arthur Avenue to shop ingredients for his Italian-Mediterranean cuisine—especially seafood. He’s been a faithful customer of Randazzo’s Seafood for about 20 years citing freshness, variety, and the usual and unusual.. Read More

What’s for Dinner? 5 Food Delivery Services that Make Meals Easier

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Out of ideas. Out of time. Out of the will to make the weekly trek to the supermarket. There are lots of reasons why people use food subscription services. Although they seem to have hit peak popularity in recent years, the idea of delivering fresh food right to doorsteps is not that new. The difference with the food delivery services of today, like Plated and PeachDish, is that they don’t just box your supermarket shopping.. Read More

Wave Hill Perfect Pumpkin Pie Workshop Saturday, Nov 21

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“Do you have pie anxiety? A Great Performances pastry chef alleviates all of your pie-making fears in this hands-on workshop. Mix and roll pastry from scratch and make a pumpkin filling with seasonal spices. We’ll bake your pumpkin pie in our Café kitchen and you’ll take it home the same day.” – Wave Hill

When: Saturday, November 21 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Admission: $25 Member; $35 Non-member.

Note: Registration required, online or at the Perkins Visitor Center. A $2 surcharge will be added to telephone registrations (718-549-3200).

 

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Word of Mouth: Brussels Sprouts are Cool Now

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The dietary evolution of most adults means stay away from bread, don’t buy cheap liquor and eat your vegetables. The last applies to some vegetables more than others and brussels sprouts are an other—there’s a hate poem to prove it. But the miniature cabbage-like veggie is not as much of a mystery as it seems. More and more epicureans are making this side dish a main ingredient in inspiring recipes this season. They’re so cool now.. Read More

Wave Hill Sweet Potatoes Cooking Demo Sunday, Nov 15

wave-hill-cooking-with-sweet-potatoes-credit-joshua-bright.jpg__524x349_q85_crop_upscale“Related to the morning glory, sweet potatoes make an attractive trailing vine for the garden and provides tasty tubers for the kitchen. Join Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day and a chef from Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances to discover how to grow and cook this versatile vegetable. This is the next-to-last of our “Matter of Roots” series of cooking demonstrations, focusing on earthy vegetables, both humble and exotic.”

When: Sunday, November 15 at 1pm
Admission: Free

 

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Recipe: Tosca Cafe’s Time-Saving Wasabi Tuna

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With fall coming on quick, a lot of us won’t be doing as much dining out as before. Fortunately The Bronx’s own Tosca Cafe in Throggs Neck is sharing the recipe to one of their inspired weekly specials so you can enjoy a restaurant quality meal right at home.   This inventive Wasbi Tuna recipe comes courtesy chef Wilson Siguencia, the head chef at Tosca Café. “His vast knowledge of Italian cuisine.. Read More

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