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 @ [email protected] 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 [email protected]!

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 .
Questions, please contact us at [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Food, Inc.: Where does your food come from?

Thank you to all of those that made it to Bountiful Brookline’s second Summer Film Series event! We would also like to thank Allandale Farm and Deborah's Kitchen for supplying delicious vegetables and dip for a healthy summer snack.
In case you missed it, Food, Inc. highlighted the necessity to change the way we think about the food we eat, and where it comes from. Although initially released in 2009 many of the issues it touches on, such as the mechanization plaguing the global food industry, are still present today. It is imperative that we keep in mind that even in an urban-edge town such as Brookline it is still possible to grow and buy locally. From now through October stop by the Brookline Farmer's Market Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. through dusk for fruits, vegetables, meats and more!
We look forward to seeing you at our next screening, Thursday August 13 th from 4-6 p.m., as we present the film Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (BountifulB) and Instagram (bountifulbrookline) to receive an alert when tickets become available!  We will see you in the theater!


Monday, June 29, 2015

What's new with our Food?

The 2nd film in our Summer Film Series is the seminal food movie Food, Inc . Originally released in 2009, this film resonates today more then ever as many of the issues exposed in the film have become a greater threat to our national and global food systems. Food, Inc . exposed the highly mechanized side of the food industry and how many corporations put profit ahead of consumer and animal health, jeopardizing the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of food industry workers and our environment.
These issues and an increase in personal and public health awareness played a role in MacDonald's recent "to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine in chicken production for McDonald's USA by March 2017".  Although " the devil is in the details " , MacDonald's along with other large food suppliers and restaurants including Chipotle, Panera, Perdue and Tysons are taking steps to change their way of doing business. Unfortunately, Congress' passage of the ( TPP)  last week and the proposed Safe and Accurate Food Labeling of 2015 have the potential to derail state and local legislation that supports greater public access to safe, healthy food.

Join us July 9th from 6-8 p.m. for a free screening.
Seasonal local food snacks provided by local farms and eateries.
Reserve your tickets here

Sunday, June 21, 2015

What does it take to be an organic farmer?

Growing organic is no small task. And, in order to become certified organic, farms must jump through hoops, spend thousands of dollars and wait years for approval. Although taxing, the process has traditionally provided many benefits for both producers and consumers. Sustainable use of land, environmental responsibility, providing healthier food options and tastier meals are all reasons becoming organic is worth it to many. However, as the global food industry continues to evolve so too do the terms and conditions used to compare certified organic produce with the competition.
Whole Foods, facing increasing competition from mainstream grocery chains, is using new marketing skills to convey that conventionally grown produce is just as good, or better, than organically grown products. Certain Whole Foods products now carry the designation of “good” “better” or “best”. Such designations can be attained by establishing garbage recycling programs, relying more on alternative energy sources, eliminating some pesticides, and setting aside some land as conservation land. In many cases these qualifications result in conventional farm produce with the same rating, or even higher than a certified organic farm!
Transparency in all aspects of life are important, but it is especially important when discussing the food we consume. This new revelation brings with it many questions, including what is healthy food? What constitutes sustainability? Does environmental responsibility through land conservation equate to organically grown produce? This issue goes beyond the simple question of how you grow food, and undermines both the cost and work of organic farmers throughout the country. Read more .
Join Bountiful Brookline on Thursday July 9th from 6-8 p.m. as we further investigate the relationship between producer (organic and conventional), and consumer with the classic film Food, Inc. Tickets can be reserved here ! Snacks from local producers will be provided. We look forwarding to seeing you in the theater!

What's growing in in your neighborhood? This innovative pallet garden is located outside the Whole Foods in Brighton!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Film Series: Food, Inc.

Bountiful Brookline is excited to announce the next film in our Summer Film Series, Food, Inc. Originally released in 2009, this film still resonates with many issues we see in the global food market today. Food, Inc. exposes the highly mechanized side of the food industry, and those corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of our workers and the environment. Please join us July 9th from 6-8 p.m. in the Brookline Interactive Group theater located at 46 Tappan Street, Brookline, MA, 02445. Seasonal local food snacks will be provided. Tickets are now available and can be reserved here ! If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you in the theater!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Growing Cities: Who's Your Farmer?

In case you missed it, Growing Cities proved to be extremely inspiring, demonstrating that it does not matter how little space you may have to grow...with the will there is a way.  From hanging window hydroponic systems in plastic water bottles to rooftop and window box gardens, the film highlighted the diversity of the urban farm, and just how far we can take it!  In an urban-edge town such as Brookline, it is extremely important to remember that even in the smallest spaces, with soil, water and sunlight edibles will grow.
In addition to the many farms across the country highlighted in Growing Cities, here are a few located right in the Boston area: Sited within Fenway Park, provides fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to those dining at Fenway's EMC Club restaurant. Located in the Seaport neighborhood of South Boston, Higher Ground Farm's rooftop garden grows greens, herbs, tomatoes and more! Finally, B. Good in conjunction with is growing at eight different locations in the greater Boston area! They incorporate the tomatoes they grow into their salads, the kale into their smoothies and quinoa bowls, and the mint into their smoothies.
If you are interested in testing out your green thumb and planting some edibles of your own, The Edible Balcony by Alex Mitchell provides excellent advice and innovative ideas on how to get to get started!
We look forward to seeing you at our next screening, Thursday July 9 th from 6-8 p.m., as we present the classic film Food, Inc.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (BountifulB) and Instagram (bountifulbrookline) to receive an alert when tickets become available!  We will see you in the theater!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Films with Food - A tantalizing combination!

2015 Summer Film Series
This summer we'll be showing some enticing food films and snacking on fresh local food produced, grown and prepared around the corner or possibly even in your neighbors backyard! Check out the offerings, reserve your seat and join folks from Brookline for our debut film event. A BIG thanks to Brookline Interactive Group for sponsoring this event in their cool screening theatre.

June 11, 6-8 pm
Growing Cities
An exhilarating journey across urban America that will inspire everyone to grow food
anywhere in cities

July 9, 6-8 pm
Food, Inc.
The film that sparked an awakening about what we eat and how it’s produced

August 13, 4-6pm
Queen of the Sun, What are the Bees Telling Us
A captivating story of memorable characters from across the globe and their passion for the honeybee and its challenges to survive

September 10, 6-8 pm
Fed Up
What’s the connection between what you eat and exercise?
This movie may change your life!

Reserve your seat @
contact us for more info

Sponsored by Bountiful Brookline and Brookline Interactive Group BIG

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Who's Your Grower? From Garden to Plate.

Stop by the Brookline Winter Farmer's Market in the Arcade Building, Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner Sunday April 12 from noon-5!

If you're looking for....

Monday, March 9, 2015

Butternut Squash Bisque Recipe

As we continue to shovel ourselves out from beneath the depths of this snowy winter, warm up with this delicious recipe courtesy of The Fireplace's owner Jim Solomon.

Jim's tip: Stop by the Brookline Winter Farmer's Market Sundays in the Arcade Building: 318 Harvard Street to purchase locally grown ingredients for this winter cure-all recipe! This season, Silverbrook Farm located in Dartmouth, MA provides the market its bounty of produce. While perusing Silverbrook's produce for this recipe's ingredients, take a minute to check out what else is fresh at the local market, we promise you won't be disappointed!

Jim also looks to Stillman's Farm and Allandale Farm for reliable local produce.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Focus on Food; Fourteen in 2014

The Brookline community made huge strides in 2014 towards creating a food system that focuses more completely on sourcing food locally!


Brookline - fresh and local - it's growing all around!

10. Little Kids Dig Local Food

Brookline Recreation Department’s Stephanie Springer has been busy inspiring a new crop of gardeners with Barbara Westley, Community Gardens Coordinator, and the Brookline Community Foundation Garden. Last spring and summer Brookline Rec. Dept. afterschool program participants and summer campers visited these gardens, learned about where their food comes from, and helped plant and harvest crops. Harvest from the Brookline Community Foundation garden was donated to the Brookline Food Pantry by the young gardeners.

11. Big Kids Take Action on Food

Brookline High School Food Justice Committee ran a food justice assembly in the fall for the 9 th grade class. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Hunger Banquet, a long-standing event at BHS. Read more here .

12.  Local Flavors Abound

In a local food victory, Brookline’s only certified green restaurant, The Fireplace will continue to serve up fresh and local in Brookline. Offering seasonal bests from over a dozen local producers, Jim Solomon continues his mission to serve the finest of Massachusetts and New England. Other new settings for savoring seasonal local flavor in Brookline include Rifrullo Cafe , Clover Food Lab , and just over the border in Boston is Mei Mei . Support local food in our local restaurants!

13. Farmer’s Markets go Year Round in Town

2014 marked many changes for Brookline’s Farmer’s Markets as they continue to bring fresh and local products to Brookline year round! This year many new and returning favorites fill up the Centre Street parking lot on Thursdays, June to November, with a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, smells and tastes. As the weather turns cooler a thoughtful selection of produce, meats, baked goods and special treats fills the arcade on Sundays November to June. Read more here and here .

14.  Growing Local All Over Town

In 2014 Goddard House got growing with help from Green City Growers (GCG) who led a weekly garden gathering with residents to install, tend and harvest a raised bed garden. This hands-on experience was so successful that the garden is expanding in 2015. A local favorite GCG has installed raised beds all over Brookline and interest continues to grow! Edibles are also plentiful in schoolyard gardens across town. The Community Garden at Larz Anderson, with 115 garden plots, continues to be in high demand. Window boxes, containers and hanging pots are overflowing all over Brookline - so dig in and eat local. Read more here and here .

Many strides were taken in 2014 across the country and in our backyard to become more conscious of the food we eat and where it comes from. This year we will continue to document this positive trend, and look forward to sharing it with you.