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A Few Upcoming Poetry Events

27 Nov

Hello All!

It’s been some time since my last post and I will soon be sharing some updates with you. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and want to share a few upcoming events that I’ve been curating/producing. I hope to see you there!

There are a few spaces left at the beautiful Garrison Institute Nov. 30-Dec. 2nd to study and workshop with celebrated writers and teachers — Robert Polito and Adam Fitzgerald.  Fabulous food and a Saturday night performance by superstar composer/poet/songstress Meredith Monk.  A few scholarships are still available.  You won’t want to miss “Along the Margins of Voice: Writing, Reading & Performance in the 21st Century.” See you there! (www.garrisoninstitute.org/poetry)  Tel: 845-424-4800 



Winter Soulstice

Join us at this wonderful celebrationg with poet & performance artist Annie Finch + Urban Word NYC Mentors & Youth Poets with Shanelle Gabriel/original music by Matthew Harris

Celebrate the turning of the year with an earth-centered performance of “Winter Solstice Dreams,” spiraling together Solstice ceremony, goddess mythology, and poetic incantation. NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassadors kick off the evening with a prologue of “spoken word’ soul and sparkle. Renowned poet Annie Finch performs the fertile gifts of darkness and the cauldron of light in a theatrical staging of pageantry, music, song and ritual.

Annie Finch is an award-winning poet, writer, translator, verse playwright, critic, editor, and a performer of poetry and ritual. She holds a Ph.D from Stanford University, is an initiated Green Witch in the Dianic Tradition, and descends from witches imprisoned in the Salem Witch Hunts. Annie’s twenty books include Calendars, Eve, Among the Goddesses, A Poet’s Craft, and Spells: New and Selected Poems.

Urban Word NYC is a nationally acclaimed literary arts organization that champions the voices of New York City youth, providing critical literacy, college preparation, and performance opportunities.

Conceived and curated by writer/producer Rozanne Gold. Directed by Vera Beren. Introduction by singer & poet Shanelle Gabriel, program director of Urban Word NYC.

Register here and enter code ONLYLOVE upon checkout for $5 off: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-soulstice-with-poet-annie-finch-urban-word-nyc-youth-poets-tickets-52318257316


Chopra and Vongerichten Talk Delicious

4 Nov

Credit: Warwick Brown

The other night at the miraculously curated abc home furnishings store, near New York’s Union Square, there was an unorthodox kind of culinary happening. Deepak and Jean-Georges, two men famous enough that we’re all on a first-name basis with them, created a four-star recipe for the launch of Vongerichten’s newest book, Home Cooking with Jean-Georges:  My Favorite Simple Recipes (Clarkson Potter.) The ingredients? Dozens of food world habitués (Bittman, Danny Meyer, the top magazine food editors), an ultra-chic sampling from both men’s fan clubs, fabulous farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres supplied by this year’s best new restaurant — none other than abckitchen (located on store’s first floor); generous bar-to-glass offerings of lemon-thyme vodka martinis and champagne; a film crew; a thoughtfully-decorated “organic tv studio,” candles, cushions, and the collegial collaboration of Deepak and JGV, all supervised by the formidable Paulette Cole — owner, visionary and astute aesthete of the abc collective.

Not unlike sitting in front of a couple of jazz musicians who riff and make the air between them meaningful, DC and JGV, made their own kind of music with humor and candor at the intersection of commerce and education. Commerce?  We were there to buy JGV’s new book (it’s really lovely and one of his most accessible). Education? That’s what Chopra sells — a beneficent sharing of healthy mindfulness  — his own brand of “magic seasoning.” It’s clear that they both love food and that they share so much of its majesty. Deepak expressing his algorithm about the five senses, the six tastes, and the seven colors, while Jean-Georges talked about his love of umami and the tastes of Asia where he spent his formative years learning to be a chef — Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok. When JGV returned to New York in 1986 following his stints in Asia, he headed not for the farmer’s market (“there was hardly anything to buy way back then,” he mused), but to Chinatown for a healthy dose of fresh produce and “exotic” ingredients. Whereas these may have become staples in many of our pantries, we have come to know and respect them largely due to Jean-Georges’ wildly inventive, brilliantly hued, inclusion of Asian verve into French classicism.

Deepak’s wildly informed medical prowess has him inserting dozens of heart-mind-body connections to the joys of eating. “The same neuropeptides that are found in our brain are also found in our stomachs.” “The mood we are in when we eat greatly affects the metabolism of our food in both positive and negative ways.”  “Prana, or life energy, is so closely tied to the health of the food we eat — so make it organic, sustainable,” — all underscoring the dynamic  relationship of food and health.

For 25 years now, I’ve called Jean-Georges the “pilot light” of creativity — for in the culinary kingdom of great talent and artistry, it is quite remarkable to soar to the top — and then stay there — with every new endeavor. He was the original “juice man;” he replaced heavy sauces and stocks with vibrant vegetable extractions. He’s a zealot, and his exquisitely light style of cooking sparked a culinary revolution in America. For a stint, he was “in the weeds” — as his ever-changing world of taste laid in the wild — little-known leaves, weeds, and flowers like Queen Anne’s lace, chicory root, and pigweed — more poetically called lamb’s quarters.  And now, he’s a farm-to-table guy, just like Chopra who uttered the word locavore last night, like a prayer.

These guys have a lot in common. Deepak has written over 65 books; Jean-Georges has 27 restaurants with more on the way. They are both pioneers and at the forefront of important cultural and sociological movements. They are both involved in aspects of their craft that extend way beyond the limits imposed by anyone else. They are free-thinkers and seem to agree with other great thinkers that: “food is medicine” and “you are what you eat.” They may also both believe in a spirituality of food. I know I do.

And at the end, they both agreed, “It is always about delicious.”

News Update

3 Nov

Credit: Warwick Brown

Read more about the wonderful dialogue between Deepak Chopra and Jean-Georges Vongerichten at abc home — on the occasion of the launch of JGV’s new cookbook:  On my Huffington Post site later today.

On our way to Napa Valley to the Culinary Institute of America today.  Michael Whiteman (husband) will be giving the key-note speech on “global flavor trends” to 700 chefs!   Will be reporting from there.

Stay tuned for Thanksgiving recipes coming up next week.


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