Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Food Fraud – a rising problem. Is that fish really Red Snapper?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Washington Post reports that food fraud is a growing problem that needs more FDA attention.  Many products from cheese and olive oil to fish and honey have recently been found to contain cheaper ingredients and fillers, or to be intentionally mislabeled.  It has been a back-burner issue at the FDA which has been focusing on more immediate food contamination issues but we can take our own action by buying from our own list of trusted sources.  Food fraud makes an easy case for the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

The Urban Cow Tour - Saturday May 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Hey Luckly Layla yogurt fans!  If you are going to be in Dallas on Saturday May 1, here is your chance to visit the makers of Lucky Layla,  Lavon Farms and the Lucky Layla creamery.  Join us at the Dallas Central Market Cooking School for the Food Roots Urban Cow Tour.  We will visit the Plano diary farm that supplies all of the milk for Lucky Layla and then go to the creamery in Garland to learn how they turn the milk into their delicious cheese and drinkable yogurt.  We end the tour with a one hour class at Central Market where we will sample and discuss Texas cheese.  Not familiar with Luckly Layla?  Come find out what you have been missing and learn about some unique locally made Texas dairy products.  This tour is sponsored by the Dallas Central Market Cooking School and Food Roots.  We have more details here.  Register today at the Central Market Cooking School.  Space is limited.

Learn How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef at Burgundy Pasture Beef

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

















I want to eat more grass-fed beef but I don’t know how to cook it.  We hear that a lot.  Well, if you live in North Texas help is here.  Burgundy Pasture Beef in Grandview is offering cooking classes on selected weekends.  Their class last weekend, COOKING WITH GRASS FED BEEF & MORE, featured Chef Nick Amoriello and Burgundy Pasture co-owner Wendy Taggart demonstrating and discussing fundamental cooking techniques for braising, roasting and sautéing grass fed beef & lamb.  Chef Nick is Executive Chef of Potager in Arlington and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York.  Burgundy Pasture Beef is a 100% grass-fed beef ranch with their own butcher shop, store and grill.  The Taggart’s raise and pasture their cattle on native and select cultivated grasses at their ranch south of Fort Worth.  At the Boucherie (butcher shop) they dry-age and cut their own beef for optimal flavor and tenderness.  The Boucherie is the first exclusively pastured meats butcher market in the D/FW area.  The cooking class included a cooking demonstration, tastings, lots of interaction and Q&A, and a 10% discount on all meat purchases so you can practice what you learn.  The Burgundy Boucherie is at 800 McDuff in Grandview, TX just east of I-35W about half way between Fort Worth and Hillsboro.  Information is on their web site

Texas Conference On Organic Production Systems 2010

Saturday, January 9th, 2010


The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is hosting its annual conference, All Things Local January 28th through 30th, 2010 in San Marcos, Texas. A must-do event for organic growers, the conference features information for organic ranchers, farmers, commercial plant growers, retailers, wholesalers, processors, distributors, consumers, gardeners, and anyone desiring to support the organic industry in Texas.  For all the details go to

Stonewall Gardens Needs Community Support

Thursday, December 31st, 2009


Stonewall Jackson Elementary is an excellent public school in the Dallas Independent School District.  Since 1996 part of their curriculum has been the Stonewall Gardens, a campus garden where thousands of students have planted, cultivated and harvested their own crops, growing their understanding of – and connection to – the natural world and good food.  The goal of Stonewall Gardens is to help children learn about the natural world in a garden they can tend themselves.  The garden started with teacher and parent volunteers planting a small plot of beans in an unused corner of the grounds of Stonewall Jackson Elementary.  Today, the original plot has evolved into a 20,000 square foot garden, where students learn from a rich academic program.  Last year the school district’s budget crisis hit Stonewall hard and the school lost funding for the garden.  Stonewall Gardens is now a volunteer-run non profit organization supported entirely through community donations.  The garden needs your help.  If you would like to be a part of this important educational program you can mail a donation to Stonewall Gardens,

5828 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75206.