Archive for May 2011

with Amy Larkin

Amy Larkin is an award-winning entrepreneur and producer who has launched cultural institutions, co-founded one of the first affinity-marketing businesses, and been involved with Greenpeace for 30 years--as a board member, adviser and, since 2005, as Director of Greenpeace Solutions, leading the international organization’s financial and business initiatives. Amy co-founded Message!Check Corp. (City of Seattle’s 1989 Small Business of the Year), producing checks that carry the messages of nonprofits. Message!Check in turn provided over $10 million in license fees to its nonprofit clients in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Amy also served as Executive Producer of Fabrica, Benetton’s Institute of Arts and Communication, in Italy. She created the program plan for the City of San Jose’s $500 million Civic Center (designed by Richard Meier), and launched the Real Estate Initiative for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council following September 11th. For Greenpeace, Amy has been quoted and interviewed in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Reuters, Bloomberg, Greenbiz, NPR, CNBC, and others. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the ARChive of Contemporary Music, the largest collection of contemporary music in the world.

with Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins is founder and Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a non-profit, U.S. based network of 850,000 consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and sustainable system of agriculture and commerce. The OCA’s primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and sustainability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying. Cummins is also editor of OCA’s website (30,000 visitors a day) and newsletters, Organic Bytes (270,000 subscribers), and Organic View. Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in human rights, anti-war, anti-nuclear, labor, consumer, environmental, and sustainable agriculture campaigns. Over the past decades he has served as director of US and international efforts such as the Pure Food Campaign, and the Global Days of Action Against GMOs. From 1992-98 Cummins served as a campaign director for the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Cummins organized the SOS (Save Organic Standards) Campaign, spearheading the largest consumer grassroots backlash against the US Department of Agriculture in recent history. He is also a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad. Cummins has published numerous articles and authored a series of children’s books called Children of the World. Cummins’ most recent book is Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers (Second Revised Edition Marlowe & Company 2004). He lives with his wife and 12 year-old son in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, headquarters of the OCA in Mexico, as well as in Finland, Minnesota on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Today on It’s All About Food, Caryn spoke with Christine Waltermyer the author of the new cookbook, Natural Vegan Kitchen.  Afterward she commented on a recent news program about black foods including black beans. She spoke about all the delicious things that can be done with all beans, beans of any color. She also talked about the development of Urban Gardens.

Asian Fusion


with Chat Mingkwan

Chat Mingkwan grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. He has apprenticed in provincial French cuisine at La Cagouille in Rayon, France, traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and worked in restaurants in the San Francisco area. Currently Chat runs Unusual Touch, a business specializing in catering, food consulting, and restaurant design, Thai cooking classes, and culinary expeditions to Thailand. He is the author of the cookbooks "Buddha's Table" and "Vietnamese Fusion" and "Asian fusion."

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