Rounding-up food in NY

With only a few weeks until Thanksgiving, food seems a fitting topic. Discover what native dishes can mean to an ethnic group or neighborhood; the push for fresh products in the city; and the role of immigrants in feeding New York.

  • From African Spotlight: An interview with Lookman Afolayan Mashood, proprietor of the Buka restaurant in Brooklyn, explores a cuisine known to relatively few New Yorkers—Nigerian street food.

  • The Epoch Times covers the national Food Day campaign on Monday, Oct. 22, in which a “NYC Go Sugary Drink Free” booth was set-up in Times Square to inform the public on the potential health effects of soda and other drinks with high levels of sugar.
  • On a similar note, DNAinfo reports on eight bodegas in central Harlem that offer fresh produce, as part of a “Fresh Bodegas” initiative. The program provides a free refrigeration unit in which owners can sell fruits and vegetables. Only 3 percent of bodegas in Harlem sell fresh vegetables.

Getting fresh fruits and vegetables into Harlem bodegas (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

  • Meanwhile, Harlem faced another issue: the disappearance of soul food. However, reports that restaurants have begun re-emerging again, this time adapting to changing times and new preferences.
  • According to Mayor Bloomberg, 70 percent of New Yorkers who work in the food industry are immigrants; and said City Council Speaker Quinn, immigrants in the city own a disproportionately large number of businesses. In response, according to Feet in Two Worlds, NYC sponsored its first food manufacturing business expo to help immigrant businesses expand beyond their immediate surroundings. The expo provided networking opportunities, along with resources, advice and even a competition.

Also in Voices of NY:

  • From Korea Daily, Mayor Bloomberg meets with Korean Americans–they discuss kimchi and how it doesn’t fit in with current inspection regulations.
  • El Diario La Prensa covers Bronx CAN–a program put together by local organizations and State Senator Gustavo Rivera’s office–which educates the community on following better eating habits.

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