It was a packed house up in the Bronx at Hostos College yesterday where Kirsten Gillibrand was having a listening tour about the upcoming Farm Bill. She is the first New Yorker in nearly 40 years to serve on the senate agricultural committee and I for one am very glad she will be bringing our message to congress.
It was also nice to see so many people from organizations that I support standing up and speaking so eloquently about a range of topics from food in schools to fracking and water safety to how to make your roof green.
It made me proud to be a New Yorker and especially happy that we are being so well represented by Ms. Gillibrand.
Urbanfoodguy aka Mark Owen Self taught cook with an environmental/political bent. 28 years of cooking experience. I live in Manhattan on the Lower East Side in an apartment with an amazing kitchen thanks to my partner of 21 + years, Neil. In the last 4 years I have focused more and more on food. It started at the same time as I was about to open up my import/retail business LaoLao Handmade. Over these years I have been a private chef, catering and 4 years of Food Styling. I've worked for most of the major food magazines such as : Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. Check out this site for some photos of my work. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network with Bobby Flay and Paula Dean.