Sunday, February 14, 2016

Waste Not, Want Not: The Wasted Food Conversation

Too big, too small, too ripe, too much?? The conversation over wasted food is happening on a local and global scale, and what’s the result? Many wonderful ideas for continued work towards a food system where NO food is wasted.

The community dinner hosted by
Rifrullo Café this January showcased the strong will of the Brookline community to combat the issue of wasted food head on. By choosing with our forks we can decide how much is too much and that ugly food never means inedible food.

Rifrullo owner Colleen Suhanosky envisioned a meal made entirely of ingredients found around her kitchen – no need to purchase excess when with a little creativity you can make a meal out of almost anything. This includes the pre-meal olive and dried grape plate. Colleen used dried grapes found in her refrigerator, soaked them in vinegar and herbs, and created a dynamite food sensation. Visit our “
Resources & Recipespage for another of Colleen’s creative recipes!

Ideas for combating the wasted food issue in the Brookline community include a central location
composting drop off site within the town; creating a wasted food cookbook for those adventurous enough to accept the challenge of using every piece of food they buy-leaving nothing wasted or wanted; an adult education class on wasted food cooking; and making sure town events include accessible composting bins.

Around the world citizens and lawmakers in Denmark and France are leading the way to preventing food waste! France has even gone so far as to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them to donate it to charities and food banks. Check out these articles on
Denmark and France to learn more, and envision a waste-free Brookline!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Now that we have had a chance to digest Just Eat It and the thought-provoking discussion that followed at Bountiful Brookline's 2015 Food Day event, let us reflect on some highlights from the day as we move through the holiday season, a time notorious for celebrating food and bounty. Don't forget, preparing just enough rather than excess amounts of food for your guests this holiday season should not be embarrassing, it should be for what we aim!

It was great to have the Brookline High School Food Justice Committee's help, and their views of the day speak to the energy and passion of the Brookline community: "The overall effect was a unified feeling of Brookline combatting food waste issues together. We felt a sense of belonging, and were glad to connect with other groups in our community who are interested in the same ideas as ourselves". The energy of the attendees as they exited the event was palpable, and Lizzy Filine of the Food Justice Committee "felt that everyone leaving the room after the presentation had a new-found energy and passion for reversing food waste on a small scale. This was an event with impact, and I am proud to say I am part of a community which takes food issues so seriously".

Did you miss the event? Listen to the podcast!

Thanks to all who made the event a success: The Lincoln School students, Nataka Crayton-Walker, Doug Rauch, Alden Cadwell, Jim Solomon, Ashley Stanley, Whole Foods, Rifrullo Cafe, Bootstrap Compost, Boston Organics, Brookline Public Works, Brookline Rotary, Elias Audi, Bountiful Pantry, the Town of Brookline Food Service, BHS Food Justice Committee, Ed Gilbert and our dedicated event committee!

Monday, September 21, 2015

National Food Day: "Just Eat It" Food Waste Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Join Bountiful Brookline and the Brookline Public Schools Food Services Department at a public event to mark the fifth annual National Food Day. This day seeks to promote real food and to increase awareness of food issues and food access across America.

We will feature a screening of the film “Just Eat It an entertaining, yet compelling exploration of food waste from field to landfill.  

Following the film a panel of local experts representing different stages of food production, sales, procurement and recovery will discuss the impact of food waste on hunger, resources and the environment.  

Panelists include:

Doug Rauch, Daily Table, Dorchester
Ashley Stanley, Lovin' Spoonfuls, Boston
Jim Solomon, The Fireplace, Brookline
Alden Caldwell, Director, Brookline Public Schools Food Service, Brookline
Nataka Crayton-Walker, Farmer, City Growers, Boston

Healthy snacks will be sold by Lincoln School students to raise funds for their new school garden.

Bountiful Brookline is a sponsored project of the Brookline Community Foundation. Donations to Bountiful Brookline should be made payable to: BCF/Bountiful Brookline.

Tickets?: Can be reserved here!

When?: Sunday, October 25th from 2-5 p.m.

Where?: William H. Lincoln School (auditorium)

19 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA, 02445

Check out the trailer!


Are volunteer opportunities available?

To get a taste of Bountiful Brookline on October 25th, contact us!

Want to help plan film events, contribute posts and images on local food ideas and issues, and create community get-togethers?

Contact us @ to get involved!

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The event location is accessible by bike, bus, T and car.

If driving: There is limited parking at the school front entrance and on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. The main school parking lot is at the dead end of Hedge Road off of Route 9 East. If parking in the school lot, please enter through the back entrance and proceed to the front lobby for registration.

The closest T stop is Brookline Hills on the "D" Green line.

Will there be tickets available for purchase at the door on the 25th?
This event is expected to reach capacity before the 25th. However, if space is still available on the 25th, we will post a notice on our Facebook page to that effect. Additionally, we will accept cash or check donations at the event.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please feel free to email us with any questions at!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fed Up!

What's for lunch?
Tickets are now available for the final film in our Summer Film Series, 
Fed Up!

Fed Up! weaves together an empowering narrative of the national obesity epidemic, and what needs to occur for it to be reversed. From grocery stores, to candy shops to your children's public school lunches, you will gain a better understanding of the connection between what you eat, where it comes from, why it is addicting, as well as nutrition and exercise ideas. This is a movie you don't want to miss!

Please join us Thursday September 10th from 6-8 p.m. 
Brookline Interactive Group Theater
 46 Tappan Street (top floor of the Brookline High School Arts Building), Brookline, MA, 02445. 

Seasonal local food snacks will be provided. 
Reserve your seat here
Questions, please contact us at 

Check out the trailer below. 
See you in the theater!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Bountiful Brookline is excited to announce the next film in our Summer Film Series, 
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? 

A profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis, Queen of the Sun takes the viewer on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, weaving an unusual and dramatic story of the struggles of beekeepers from around the world. 

Please join us August 13th from 4-6 p.m. 
Brookline Interactive Group theater
 46 Tappan Street, Brookline, MA, 02445. 

Seasonal local food snacks will be provided. 
Reserve your seat here
Questions, please contact us at 

Check out the trailer below, 
See you in the theater!