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

The Healthiest Snacks You Can Find in Your Regular Degular Bodega

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Bodega [boh-dey-guh] n. It’s the reason we learned the value of a quarter (5 Swedish Fish), the first place we short ordered via the deli counter, and the only place we could go without an older brother/sister/cousin to get a 5lb bag of rice for dinner. A bodega is to the Bronx—and NYC in general—as a bodega cat is to a bodega. Today, people are being more selective about the food they.. Read More

News Roundup: Bruckner Food Hall Update, Baldor Fights Food Waste

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Real estate developer Keith Rubenstein—whose investment projects include South Bronx Italian restaurant La Grata, Filtered Coffee, and fashion boutique 9J—gave updates on his planned food hall at 9 Bruckner Boulevard in an interview with the Commercial Observer. We first reported on the Bruckner food hall last summer but heard little of it since. Rubenstein says that they are currently designing it and it will include a big brewery, tasting room, and rooftop beer garden. They are also interviewing food vendors, though they have their own food concepts and lounges planned as well. [Commercial Observer]

Bronx-based business Baldor Specialty Foods was featured in a recent article by Popular Science on entrepreneurs fighting food waste in innovate ways. The company’s subsidiary Baldor Fresh Cuts supplies kitchens with cut-to-order produce. The resulting waste like carrot tops and peels, onion skins, pineapple cores, romaine leaves and watermelon rinds are given to chefs who make them into healthy cookies, juices, nutritional supplements, and croutons. Baldor’s food waste program is called SparCs (“scraps” spelled backwards). The company also designed a nutritional supplement made from dehydrated and pulverized leavings from twenty different vegetables sold under its private label, Urban Roots, that can be sprinkled on roasted vegetables and added to other foods . [Popular Science]

Marble Hill is the latest Bronx neighborhood to get its own food garden. The garden is located across the street from the Marble Hill Houses. Tenants from the NYCHA buildings can grow foods of their choice, like lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, eggplant, and pumpkins. The project is intended to not only feed residents, but to also educate them about where their food comes from and the benefits of investing in their community. The plants are expected to be ready by September when   residents plan to have a community harvest and potluck. [Bronx News 12]

 

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News Roundup: “Wellness Wednesdays”, New Dining Hall Coming Soon

Sabra expands Plants with a Purpose, a community engagement initiative dedicated to helping alleviate the impact of food deserts in the United States. (PRNewsfoto/Sabra Dipping Company, LLC)

A new dining hall next to Bruckner Expressway is planned for The Bronx. Bronx-based developer and advocate Majora Carter—who is also responsible for Boogie Down Grind Cafe Powered by StartUp Box (formerly known as Birch Coffee Powered by StartUp Box)—is partnering with Slayton Ventures to renovate an old 4,500-square-foot Amtrak railway station on Hunts Point Ave into an affordable, multi-vendor dining destination. Development is expected to start this summer and conclude in the fall. Another new food location was planned north of the upcoming food court, however, no developments have started on it as of yet. [6SQFT]

Food producer Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is partnering with The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) to bring “Wellness Wednesdays” to The Bronx in 2018. The partnership will give Bronx students, teachers, and families free access to hands-on gardening, nutrition education, cooking demos, and health screenings among other things at NYBG. “Wellness Wednesdays” is part of Sabra’s larger initiative “Plants with a Purpose” which aims to empower communities in food desserts through local organizations. [PRNewswire]

Another food retailer is increasing its presence in The Bronx as Snap Dog introduces a hot dog cart outside of Yankee Stadium. The vendor will be stationed at 850 River Ave during every home game because you can’t have baseball without hot dogs. [Snap Dog]

 

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Sweet Water Dance & Yoga Kickstarter Launch Party Monday, March 27!

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“We’re launching a one week “All in One” Kickstarter Campaign! The funds raised will go towards including a “History of Hip Hop” component to our Roots & River Kids Summer Cultural Arts Program. Hip Hop, a musical form – and way of life – born in the Bronx, has become a powerful force of social justice around the world. We are committed to empowering our Bronx youth by educating them on the rich history of this movement – and sharing with them the skills to perform. The funds raised will specifically go towards purchasing turntables and an instructor, so the children can create their own music and perform at our end of summer recital.” – Sweet Water Dance & Yoga

When: Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM

Where: (the orange door ) 876 Gerard Avenue, 2nd Floor

Admission: FREE

 

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I Tried Bronx-Based Zone Manhattan Meal Delivery and Here’s How It Went

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We’ve introduced meal delivery services on the site before for their convenience and nutritional value. Zone Manhattan wants to add one more benefit to the list: weight loss (or maintenance depending on your personal goals). The Bronx-based business operates out of Hunts Point in The Bronx. Unlike other food subscriptions that have risen in popularity, Zone Manhattan doesn’t deliver a pre-measured list of ingredients for cooking to your door because it does the work.. Read More

News Round Up: Use SNAP Online, Lotus Flame Closed, Get a Food Prescription

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A new nationwide pilot program will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to buy groceries online. Lobbying efforts by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and federal lawmakers persuaded the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) to widen the businesses that accept SNAP. SNAP holders can now purchase food online from FreshDirect and Amazon. However, some supermarket workers are worried it could hurt supermarket businesses. Today, Diaz will meet with Representative Sean Patrick Maloney and hunger advocates at 10:30 at Part of the Solution to discuss New York State’s participation in the program. [Norwood News] [Crain’s New York Business]

Two Bronx eateries are participating in New York City Restaurant Week for the first time. Artie’s Steak & Seafood on City Island and Hudson Garden Grill at the New York Botanical Garden will be offering three-course lunches for $29 and dinners for $42 along with 373 other restaurants from January 23 to February 10. [Bronx News 12]

A fire damaged Indo-Caribbean and Chinese restaurant Lotus Flame, located at 866 Morris Park Avenue. On Friday January 6, a fire started in the restaurant’s basement. It escalated to a third alarm fire, spreading to the roof and damaging the two apartments above the eatery. The FDNY is investigating the cause. According to Bronx Times, Lotus Flame co-owner Savitri McCrea said the restaurant is closed indefinitely. [Bronx Times]

Some doctors are prescribing food instead of medications, reports a CBS New York article. Doctors and patients have cited the high co-pays and side effects of medication as reasons for preferring food prescriptions. Patients also reported feeling better on their doc diets. St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx will be prescribing food, and also plans to open a new wellness, culinary, and food garden next year. [CBS New York]

 

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New Gadget, Ride, Health Spot & More To Try in 2017

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New Year, new you. Whether that means deleting unflattering photos (or followers) because you’re not the same person you were six minutes ago let alone one year ago or you’re under reconstruction complete with a new body, new job, and new goals, the new you might want new places to go, things to buy, and tastes to sample. So here are our picks for what the new you should be up on.. Read More

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