food http://michiganradio.org en Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food http://michiganradio.org/post/network-aims-boost-michigan-produced-food <p>LANSING –&nbsp;A new network aims to connect farmers, food processors, and food service directors as part of an effort to increase the amount of Michigan-produced food served in institutions.</p><p>The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental group&nbsp;on Thursday&nbsp;announced the launch of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network.</p><p>Organizers want schools, child care centers, hospitals, colleges and universities to get 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors by 2020. The Center for Regional Food Systems says food service directors have expressed interest in the idea.</p><p>The Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center is working with Michigan hospitals on the effort. A campaign called "Cultivate Michigan" aims to help institutions reach the goal.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:34:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17093 at http://michiganradio.org Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu http://michiganradio.org/post/vote-now-get-your-favorite-food-added-fifth-third-ballpark-concession-menu <p>All right, you fans of West Michigan's Whitecaps, it's your chance to decide what treat will be added to the concession menu at Fifth Third Ballpark.</p><p>The annual <a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20120220&amp;content_id=26765802&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;sid=t582&amp;vkey=">online poll</a> lets fans choose their favorite item from ideas submitted by fans. The team has pulled a top-10 list from hundreds of ideas.</p><p>Mickey Graham is with the West Michigan Whitecaps, and he joined us today to discuss some of the top choices.&nbsp;</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:56:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 16642 at http://michiganradio.org Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu Where are the best places to dine in Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-are-best-places-dine-detroit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National leaders are recognizing Detroit’s food movement. Last week it was announced that the federal government is providing $150,000 to support local food cultivation in the Detroit area. The money will mostly go to farmers in the city to help fund infrastructure for growing crops.</span></p><p>Detroit has become a hub for urban farming, but the city is also home to a host of hidden and amazing restaurants. Let’s take a tour of those restaurants with writer Bill Loomis. He wrote the book, "Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Markets." He joined us today to give us some recommendations.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:37:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 16491 at http://michiganradio.org Where are the best places to dine in Detroit? Mobile and Web app helps feed hungry children in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/mobile-and-web-app-helps-feed-hungry-children-grand-rapids <p>Using the power of social media to do good – in this case, ordering a dessert or an appetizer and, in doing so, helping to feed a hungry child.</p><p>Our next guest has accomplished that with a mobile and Web app called <a href="http://www.joinfoodcircles.org/">FoodCircles</a> currently up and running in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Jonathan Kumar is the&nbsp;managing director of FoodCircles and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:09:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 16334 at http://michiganradio.org Mobile and Web app helps feed hungry children in Grand Rapids Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' http://michiganradio.org/post/food-industry-asks-label-genetically-engineered-ingredients-natural <p>The food industry wants the government to give the okay for calling&nbsp;products using genetically engineered ingredients “natural” foods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I went to my local grocery store looking for the term <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>natural<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> or</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>naturally<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> and I didn’t have to go very far.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the cereal aisle I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;found products labeled “naturally flavored,” “100% natural,” and an “all natural pancake mix.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A couple aisles over, looking at the chips there were “all natural”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pretzels, “naturally sweet” popcorn, and then there was a drink with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a label that read “naturally flavored beverage with other natural&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">flavors blended with vitamins.”</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:32:22 +0000 Lester Graham 15949 at http://michiganradio.org Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' Stateside: Historic Christmas feasts, festivities http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-historic-christmas-feasts-festivities <p><em>(Editor's note: The piece originally aired on December 20,&nbsp;2012)&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p>Holiday feasts have increased in both complexity and decadence since their 19th century beginnings.</p><p>Bill Loomis of the Detroit News spoke with Cyndy about some historic festive spreads.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:20:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10467 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Historic Christmas feasts, festivities The Jewish contribution to American cooking http://michiganradio.org/post/jewish-contribution-american-cooking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's an exhibit going on now&nbsp; through December 8 at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan. It's entitled "American </span>Foodways<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: The Jewish Contribution."</span></p><p>Janice Bluestein Longone is the co-curator of the university's new exhibit.</p><p>She has spent more than four decades creating a 25,000-item library of American culinary literature -- one of the largest, most acclaimed private collections in the world.</p><p>But, Jan says she was surprised by the outpouring of support she received from the Jewish community.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:31:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 15449 at http://michiganradio.org The Jewish contribution to American cooking Is eating local good for the environment? http://michiganradio.org/post/eating-local-good-environment <p>There's much talk in Michigan---and across American---about the local food movement.</p><p>For many food activists, eating locally sourced foods isn't just a pleasure, it is a moral obligation. They maintain locally sourced food is better for the entire planet than shipping food thousands of miles across oceans, across continents.</p><p>Is eating local always worth it? What works and what doesn't?</p><p>Dr. Margot Finn is a lecturer at the University of Michigan. She specializes in food, popular culture, and class, and she joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:54:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 14967 at http://michiganradio.org Is eating local good for the environment? The Upper Peninsula offers a lot of 'culinary glory' http://michiganradio.org/post/upper-peninsula-offers-lot-culinary-glory <p>It&rsquo;s time to talk food, and who better to turn to than Michael Stern of <a href="http://roadfood.com/">Roadfood.com</a>?</p><p>He and his wife Jane drive around the country searching for good food and exploring popular culture, and sharing the news with the rest of us through their writing and conversations on public radio&#39;s The Splendid Table.</p><p>Michael Stern joined us today to tell us what is cooking in the Upper Peninsula along U.S. Highway 41, starting in Marquette and working up to Copper Harbor.</p><p>Michael&#39;s piece in&nbsp; Saveur Magazine is called &quot;Upper Crust: The Culinary Glovry of Michigan&#39;s Route 41.&quot;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:17:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14833 at http://michiganradio.org The Upper Peninsula offers a lot of 'culinary glory' Stateside for Monday, October 14th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-14th-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Canada is dumping its garbage in Michigan. We took a look at why it&#39;s so cheap to haul trash over the border and the political reasons making it hard to stop.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">And, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater. Did you know Michigan once had more than 100 drive-ins? Today just a hand full are still in operation.</span></p><p>Also, Amtrak is making some improvements. We spoke with Tim Hoeffner of the Michigan Department of Transportation about what Michigan train passengers can expect.</p><p>And, Michael Stern from Roadfood.com, and frequent guest on The Splendid Table, stopped by to tell us about his recent trip to the Upper Peninsula and the culinary marvels he found up there.</p><p>But, first on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are still at odds over federal spending on this, the 14th day of the partial government shutdown.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> In weekend discussions, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell could not reach a deal to raise the nation&#39;s borrowing authority. Stocks are lower as the nation moves to a potentially disastrous default on its debt.</span> Democratic Congressman Sander Levin joined us today to talk about the impasse.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:09:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 14836 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 14th, 2013 Michigan food assistance programs hearing from worried clients http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-food-assistance-programs-hearing-worried-clients <p>The federal shutdown is hitting struggling Michigan families where they live.</p><p>At first, panicked calls flooded into Washtenaw County health services, says Karen Lewis.</p><p>She helps run the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), which help low-income moms get milk, bread, vegetables and fruit for their kids.</p><p>Every month, the county serves some 5,000 families who look to WIC, says Lewis.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:32:26 +0000 Kate Wells 14818 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan food assistance programs hearing from worried clients Michigan holds the nation's fudge capital - Mackinac Island http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-holds-nations-fudge-capital-mackinac-island <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This coming Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it is also National Fudge Day.</span></p><p>By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880s. By the turn of the century, fudge-making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan, which today has a legitimate claim as the modern day fudge capital.</p><p>Tourists pile off ferries and onto Mackinac Island by the thousands every day during the summer. For many, one of the first stops when they arrive or the last stop before they board a ferry back home, is one of the island’s 15 or so fudge shops.&nbsp;</p><p>Island-wide, the favorite is plain, unadulterated chocolate fudge.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:02:07 +0000 Rick Pluta 13035 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan holds the nation's fudge capital - Mackinac Island A rebound for Michigan's maple syrup producers http://michiganradio.org/post/rebound-michigans-maple-syrup-producers <p>It has been a good year for maple syrup in Michigan. Farms produced twice the amount of syrup as they did last year, thanks to prime weather conditions that extended the tree-tapping season into April.</p><p>Syrup production ended in the Lower Peninsula in early April, and the Upper Peninsula continued production until the end of April. The official numbers of gallons produced will be released in early June.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:24:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12807 at http://michiganradio.org A rebound for Michigan's maple syrup producers The Jemima Code uncovers real life of African-American cooks http://michiganradio.org/post/jemima-code-uncovers-real-life-african-american-cooks <p></p><p>For many people, the name Aunt Jemima immediately brings a certain image to mind - pancakes anyone? The image -- with the broad smile, round face, and hair wrapped in a bandana -- is powerful, and often controversial.</p><p>Author Toni Tipton-Martin examines the image of Aunt Jemima through the recipes and histories of real-life African-American cooks. The Jemima Code is a blog, book project, and traveling art exhibition that looks beyond the bandana.</p><p>Tipton-Martin will be a special guest at Zingerman’s 8<sup>th</sup> Annual African-American dinner <a href="http://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/2012/12/18/8th-annual-african-american-dinner/">tonight</a>. She will also present a special talk on food and diversity on Wednesday January 23rd at 7:00pm. You can visit <a href="http://www.zingermanscommunity.com/2013/01/award-winning-author-toni-tipton-martin-speaks-at-zingtrain-benefit/">this link</a> for more information.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:16:10 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 10892 at http://michiganradio.org The Jemima Code uncovers real life of African-American cooks Blimpy Burger searching for new location after U of M buys building http://michiganradio.org/post/blimpy-burger-searching-new-location-after-u-m-buys-building <p>The passage of right-to-work legislation in the state House and Senate may have Lansing in turmoil, but residents of Ann Arbor learned yesterday of&nbsp; a more immediate concern.</p><p><a href="http://www.blimpyburger.com/">Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger</a>, a staple for U of M students and townies alike, is looking for a new home.</p><p><a href="http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/owner-blimpy-burger-must-move-as-university-of-michigan-buys-building/">AnnArbor.com has more</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Owner Rich Magner said a deal between the University of Michigan and the property’s owner, Patricia Shafer, means he will have to close Blimpy Burger in summer 2013. He wants to find a new location for the restaurant.</p><p></p><p>Shafer is the widow of Blimpy Burger's original founder, Jim Shafer.</p><p>“I don’t know what the plans are,” Magner said. “But basically, in a nutshell, we will be able to operate in this location into summer 2013 and we will be trying to put a deal together and look for a new location.”</p></blockquote><p>Magner said the University made Shafer an offer "she couldn't refuse." Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:20:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10272 at http://michiganradio.org Blimpy Burger searching for new location after U of M buys building Stateside: Thanksgiving spreads your great-grandmother would recognize http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thanksgiving-spreads-your-great-grandmother-would-recognize <P>With the exception of a few wild selections, the Thanksgiving spreads of today closely resemble those of the 1800’s.</P> <P>Bill Loomis, author of “Detroit’s Delectable Past,” claimed our ancestors had a taste for animals of considerable size- such as the bear.</P> <P>During the 19<SUP>th</SUP> century, animals were killed specifically for the Thanksgiving meal.</P> <P>Cuts of chicken, duck, fish, quail and squirrel were served with mounds of squash and other root vegetables. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:50:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10000 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Thanksgiving spreads your great-grandmother would recognize Going undercover in a Detroit Walmart http://michiganradio.org/post/going-undercover-detroit-walmart <p></p><p></p><p>For <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/seeking-change">Seeking Change</a>, Christina Shockley spoke with Tracie McMillan. She is a journalist who went undercover to find out why we eat the way we do in America, and what it would take for everyone to eat well in this country.<br><br>To learn more about the food industry, she lived and worked in three different communities across the country, including Detroit.<br><br>She wrote about her experiences in her book,<a href="http://www.americanwayofeating.com/"> "The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table."</a><br><br>She says we need to ensure that quality, healthy foods are available in all neighborhoods.</p><p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:26:13 +0000 Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 9772 at http://michiganradio.org Going undercover in a Detroit Walmart A year of eating an indigenous diet http://michiganradio.org/post/year-eating-indigenous-diet <p>Imagine eating the same foods that Native Americans in the Great Lakes region ate before European settlers arrived. That’s the idea behind a<a href="http://decolonizingdietproject.blogspot.com/"> one-year study </a>at Northern Michigan University.</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:29:42 +0000 Kyle Norris 9662 at http://michiganradio.org A year of eating an indigenous diet Kellogg's Mini-Wheat recall comes after cutbacks, company reinvesting in supply chain http://michiganradio.org/post/kelloggs-mini-wheat-recall-comes-after-cutbacks-company-reinvesting-supply-chain <p>Three days ago, Battle Creek cereal maker Kellogg's announced a voluntary recall of Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats.</p><p>From <a href="http://community.kelloggs.com/kelloggs/topics/voluntary_recall_of_select_packages_of_frosted_mini_wheats_bite_size_original_and_mini_wheats_unfrosted_bite_size-686lj">Kellogg's</a>:</p><blockquote><p>We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.</p></blockquote><p>You can see a list of UPC codes on the <a href="http://community.kelloggs.com/kelloggs/topics/voluntary_recall_of_select_packages_of_frosted_mini_wheats_bite_size_original_and_mini_wheats_unfrosted_bite_size-686lj">Kellogg's website</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444799904578048752257118008.html?mod=WSJ_qtoverview_wsjlatest">Wall Street Journal</a> reports on how much the recall will cost the company:</p><blockquote><p><span class="companyRollover link11unvisited">Kellogg</span> Co. <span data-change="0.28" data-changepercent="0.5444293214077387" data-company-name="Kellogg Co." data-country="US" data-datetime="Oct 11, 2012 10:27 AM " data-exchange-iso="XNYS" data-iso="$" data-offset="-4" data-pc="51.430" data-price="51.71" data-ticker="K" data-ticker-name="K" data-volume="197252.00" data-widget="dj.ticker" id="0.027807627792246326"><span class="tkrQuote tkrPositive"><span class="tkrName">K</span>&nbsp;<span class="tkrChange">+0.54%</span></span></span> said Wednesday it would take a charge of up to $30 million to cover the recall of Mini-Wheats cereal in the U.S. due to possible contamination by pieces of metal mesh.</p><p>Retailers have been contacted about the recall of 2.8 million packages of Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite-Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size, which are being pulled from store shelves. Kellogg blamed the contamination on "a faulty manufacturing part," and said no injuries had been reported.</p></blockquote><p>The WSJ reports the metal mesh problem comes after the company went through another recall in 2010 for a variety of cereals.</p><p>The paper reports the company is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to fix its supply chain, "which suffered deep cost cuts, leaving several manufacturing facilities overworked and too few people overseeing operations." Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:46:29 +0000 Mark Brush 9457 at http://michiganradio.org Kellogg's Mini-Wheat recall comes after cutbacks, company reinvesting in supply chain Stateside: Food Entrepreneurs http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-food-entrepreneurs <p>There is an explosion of locally made jams, sausages, salsas and granolas filling the shelves of grocery stores and farmers’ markets. People like Frank Gublo, an Innovation Counselor at the<a href="http://productcenter.msu.edu/"> Michigan State University Product Center</a>, are largely responsible for local food’s prevalence.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:54:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 9362 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Food Entrepreneurs