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Eat Your Words: Edible Book Show Comes to Buffalo

In Edible Events on March 26, 2009 at 8:00 am



While the WNY Book Arts Center isn’t scheduled to officially open its doors until May 21st, co-founder Richard Kegler and his peers are providing an interesting opportunity for a sneak peek at this brick and mortar ode to the niche art of book making.  Kegler—one of the brilliant minds behind the world-renowned Buffalo-based type foundry, P22—looked forward to a time when the Edible Book Show would have a home here in Buffalo.


Now that he and his partner, Carima El-Behairy, are on the verge of opening the doors to the WNYBAC, it seems that the time for the Edible Book Show’s debut in the Nickel City has come.  On April 1st, anyone who is excited about small press books, food art, and, well, community, will converge on the Arts Center for the presentation, judging and devouring of artfully crafted edible books.


The Edible Book Show–an event that has a foothold in countries like Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, and New Zealand–is a tribute to French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), who is most well-recognized for writing The Physiology of Taste, an important and witty meditation on food.


Here is a link where you can observe some of the nifty examples of edible book art from around the world.  Book Show food artists use a wide variety of ingredients to sculpt their books—sheets of Japanese nori are used in place of paper, graham cracker books are bound with licorice whips, great tomes are carved from cake and so on.  Some look rather tasty, while others use food as a simple medium with no consideration given to flavor profiles. 


Awards are traditionally divided into categories like Most Bookish, Best Pun Title and Tastiest.  All entries must be entirely edible and must appear “bookish”.  Additionally, each artist should know that their books will be photographed, documented, judged, and eaten at the event.


If you’re not up for book baking (broiling, sautéing or blending), you can still come, just bring your favorite potluck dish; that way there will be enough food for everyone.  If you’re completely averse to the idea of kitchen work, a measly $5 will gain you entry to the event, where a cash bar and everyone’s well-made treats will be at your mercy.


Participants are asked to print out the registration form and bring it with them to the show, no RSVP is required. 


Edible Book Show

April 1st, 6pm (edible books should be delivered between 3:30 and 5:30pm)

WNY Book Arts Center

468 Washington Street

Buffalo, NY 14203


Posted by Christa Glennie Seychew

2009 Reader’s Choice Local Hero Award Winners

In Cooking Fresh, From the Land, Liquid Assets on March 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm



We are thrilled to announce the 2009 Edible Communities Reader’s Choice Local Hero Award winners for the Edible Buffalo community.  The winners are:

Beverage Artisan – Tim Herzog, Flying Bison Brewery
Food Artisan – Patrick Lango, White Cow Dairy
Chef/Restaurant – Mark Hutchinson, Hutch’s Restaurant
Farmer/Farm– Oles Family Farm, Promised Land CSA
Non-Profit OrganizationFood Bank of WNY

Please join us in celebrating our Local Heroes who have helped propel the local food movement forward in Western New York.  You can read all about our winners and the great work they do in the spring issue of Edible Buffalo available now.

You can now find edible Buffalo at all Western New York Wegman’s stores – check us out in the produce department!   For a complete listing of where to find us, visit here.

Protecting Farmland Workshop – Purchasing Development Rights

In From the Land on March 16, 2009 at 7:02 am



If you care about local food, you should be a champion of protecting local farmland.  There are several non-profit agencies in WNY dedicated to protecting farmland including American Farmland Trust, the Western New York Land Conservancy and Cornell Cooperative Extension. 


American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to stopping the loss of productive farmland while promoting sound stewardship of the land, and availability of healthy, locally grown foods.   And the Western New York Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust that protects over 4,200 acres of land including a large number of working farms, scenic vistas, forested lands, wetlands, fragile natural ecosystems and lakefront shorelines across the eight counties of Western New York. 


These three groups are sponsoring an upcoming workshop on purchasing development rights.  This workshop is designed for community leaders, farmers, grant writers, town planners, town attorneys, appraisers and anyone with an interest in farmland protection in our region.  The workshop provides a comprehensive review of the process for creating successful Purchase of Development Rights projects and programs in your community.


The presenters are Patricia Szarpa, Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Diane Held, American Farmland Trust, Western New York Field Representative and Jason Engel, Grants Manager for New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.


When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2009,  7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where:  Niagara County Cornell Cooperative Extension Building,  4487 Lake Avenue

Lockport, NY


If you are interested in attending this important workshop, please RSVP to the Western New York Land Conservancy at 716.687.1225 or

Heirloom Seedlings at Urban Roots

In Edible Traditions, From the Land, Urban Ag on March 2, 2009 at 8:00 am



Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter, Beam’s Yellow Pear, Big Zebra, Paul Robeson….No, I did not just describe a financial guru, a type of pear, an animal you would see at the zoo or someone’s father.  Those are actually the name of heirloom varieties of tomatoes.  Urban Roots  just announced the arrival of their heirloom seedlings whose selection this year includes those tomato varieties mentioned above.  

Heirloom is one of those words that has creeped back into people’s food vocabulary in recent years for many reasons.  While there is no clear cut definition for heirloom when it is used to describe plants, there is no denying their delicious, aromatic taste.   I guess the most basic definition is that heirloom refers to those vegetable or fruit seedlings that were in existence before the end of WWII (1945).  This marked the beginning of large farmers and industrialized farms using more and more hybrid seeds.  In essence a true heirloom is a cultivar that has been nurtured, selected, and handed down from one family member to another for many generations and not crossed with any other “breed”.  They must be open-pollinated varieties that were bred and stabilized using traditional breeding practices (no GMO’s allowed!).

Teaming up with Thorpe’s Family Organic Farm,  Urban Roots is offering a variety of heirloom seedlings this season including eggplant and sweet and hot peppers.  The seedlings are $1.99 each and well worth the money.  Engage your inner gardener this season and plant some heirloom vegetables!