Attention all Eaters, Food Lovers and Citizens of the Food World
Do you eat food every day? We do. And we talk and write about it, too. Do you care about what you eat? We do. And we want to make it easy and fun for you to stay involved and up-to-date on what’s going on with food in New England in print and digitally, in person and by audio. We want to give you podcasts, events and magazines at no charge.
We are aiming to be New England’s New Hub for All Things Food, a Fresh and Unified Voice for the Progressive Food Movement, the only nonprofit major media platform in the region to be singularly dedicated to covering food in a mindful, deep, provocative and delicious way.
As a nonprofit, we want to bring about change in our food system through print magazines, events and podcasts. We also believe that to make the largest impact our events and publications should be free-of-charge to keep them accessible to the broadest possible audience.
Your support will allow us to fulfill our immediate goals:
A Let’s Talk About Food Podcast. $35,000 will enable us to produce a pilot for a podcast series that will entertain and educate our community with an engaging fun format, loads of local voices and their stories, on topics you care about. We hope to debut our series in mid 2018.
EXPAND the scope and reach of our regional publication, To Market. Our goal of $25,000 will help us to double our current reach and expand our editorial coverage.
Who We Are:
A quarterly magazine, telling the stories of local people who make our food; the farmers who struggle to acquire and keep their land, the fishermen who cope with ever-tightening regulations and a dwindling catch, the bakers who source local grains, the food entrepeneurs and their new products, the restaurants who strive to be competitive and still be part of the farm-to-table movement.
We print 50,000 copies of each issue, distributing throughout the greater Boston and Worcester area. Each magazine is read by 200,000 people; our readers tell us they hold on to each issue, creating a library that they can refer back to season by season.
Let's Talk About Food has engaged over 50,000 people in conversations about food-related topics, such as:
- the future of fishing and farming in New England,
- the Farm Bill,
- politics of food,
- food justice,
- food allergies, and
- where food and technology intersect.
- sustainable fisheries,
- food labels,
- restoring water quality with oysters,
- advocating for better school meals,
- food waste in schools, and
- the revival of New England grains.
Follow Us on Social Media!
- Facebook @foodvoice.org, @edibleboston, @letstalkaboutfood, @tomarketmag
- Twitter @food_voice, @edibleboston, @ltafood, @tomarketmag
- Instagram @foodvoicene, @edibleboston, @ltafood, @tomarketmag
We have so many exciting rewards to share with you! We appreciate and thank all our supporters (including those who've donated their time and gifts for our rewards) for helping us to expand our mission. All those who donate will receive The Food Voice decal and will be listed on our website as a supporter of The Food Voice. Those who donate $150 or more will receive a year-long subscription to To Market and will be listed in the back of To Market as a supporter.
The Food Voice Decal. Show your support of food sustainability and The Food Voice by placing our logo on your car or on your laptop or in your business window!
- Home Delivery of Edible Boston For 1 Year (4 issues). Edible Boston introduces you to the people that grow, raise and produce food in the Greater Boston and Worcester area and includes seasonal recipes for the home cook.
- Home Delivery of To Market For 1 Year (4 issues). To Market covers food issues, policies and the people who are working to make our food safe across the six New England states.
Edible Boston Recipe Notecards. 20 notecards (4 images) featuring seasonal photographs by Edible Boston's Creative Director Michael Piazza and seasonal recipes by Edible Boston's Managing Editor Sarah Blackburn.
A signed copy of Alex Lewin's book "Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond: A Fun and Flavorful Guide to Fermenting Your Own Probiotic Beverages at Home." Alex's book is packed with innovative drink recipes, from healthy homemade sodas to traditional kvass and cider, that you can make in your home kitchen. You'll learn how to make lassis, fermented lemonade, kombucha, kefir, root beer, wine, kvass, switchel, vinegar, and mead.
Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots. A signed copy of Matt Jenning's brand new cookbook "Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots," a collection of over 100 outstanding New England-inspired recipes (including modern spins on clam chowder, brown bread, and Boston cream whoopie pies, plus beloved dishes from Jennings’s award-winning restaurant, Townsman) approachable by the home cook.
Your choice of one:
- Private Dinner & Lesson in Mixology. Join us Monday, February 12 from 6-9 pm at Less Than Greater Than in Hudson, MA for a private dinner and lesson in mixology. Dinner will be provided by Rail Trail Flatbread Co., dessert will be provided by New City Microcreamery and the lesson will be provided by Less Than Greater Than. Join us! Limited to 20 backers.
- Private Party at Bully Boy. Join other supporters of The Food Voice at Boston’s own local distillery. The party will take place in Bully Boy Distillers' tasting room in the Newmarket District of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood on January 25 from 6 - 9 pm. Mei Mei's food truck will be there serving locally sourced Chinese-American food. Join us! Limited to 60 backers.
- American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery. A signed copy of Barton Seaver's new book, "American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery From Sea to Shining Sea," a beautifully illustrated compendium of history, ecology, and biology interspersed with recipes and cooking techniques.
- Lunch with Kristin Groos Richmond: Let's Talk About Healthy Food for Kids. Lunch and conversation about the future of school food with Louisa Kasdon and Kristin Groos Richmond, CEO & Founder of Revolution Foods. Price is per person and limited to 12.
- Home Delivery of Edible Boston and To Market Magazines for 1 Year. Home delivery of both Edible Boston and To Market magazines (8 issues) for one year. Edible Boston introduces you to the people that grow, raise, and produce food in the Greater Boston and Worcester area and includes seasonal recipes for the home cook. To Market talks about food issues, policies and the people who are working to make our food safe.
- Dumpling Cooking Class at Mei Mei. Learn the art of the dumpling by James Beard-nominated Irene Li, one of the sibling co-owners of Mei Mei, Boston’s locally-sourced Chinese-American restaurant and food truck. The 2-hour class covers everything you need to make dumplings at home, from hand-folded shapes to perfect pan-searing techniques to custom built dipping sauces. You’ll get to fold as many dumplings as you can eat while you sip a non-alcoholic drink and enjoy conversation about the restaurant industry and farm-to-table cooking. Take home a recipe card and all the tips and tricks you need to host your very own home dumpling party! Price is per person and limited to 8.
Your choice of one:
- Lil Rhody Tour and Lunch. Tour Providence, Rhode Island's bursting food scene with a food writer and restaurant owner! From coffee to small plates to craft brew to urban farms to oysters, longtime Let's Talk About Food and Edible Boston collaborator, Leigh Vincola, will show you what the Lil Rhody has to offer. Tour includes lunch. Five tour dates available. Five tour dates available. Price is person and limited to 20.
- Farmers Market Field Trip, Savenor's Butchery Class & Lunch at Kirkland Tap & Trotter With Chef Tony Maws. James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Maws will lead you on a field trip to the Union Square Farmers Market followed by a visit to his friends at Savenor's Market for a lesson in butchery and all things meat, and then celebrate with a farmers market-inspired private lunch at Tony’s restaurant, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. The date will be set with the winners and Chef Tony Maws. The Union Square Farmers Market takes place on Saturday mornings and runs thru Thanksgiving. If we miss the Fall window, then we will schedule it for Farmers Market season in 2018. Price is per person and limited to 6.
Private Olive Oil Tasting with Nancy Harmon Jenkins and The Food Voice Team. Olive Oil Tasting with Mediterranean Cuisine and Olive Oil Expert Nancy Harmon Jenkins and The Food Voice Team. Tasting will take place at a fun and delicious spot in Boston, depending on the group's preference. Price is per person and limited to 10 backers.
Your choice of one:
- Lunch with Dr. Walter Willett: Let's Talk About Nutrition. Enjoy lunch and conversation with Dr. Walter Willett, renowned nutritionist and Harvard professor, and Louisa Kasdon, Let's Talk About Food, at one of the Boston area's most celebrated restaurants. Price is per person and limited to 4.
- Cooking Class with Master Chef Jody Adams. Join Master Chef Jody Adams for a spectacular and intimate food tasting and demonstration at Porto Restaurant in Boston. The open kitchen at Porto provides the perfect backdrop for an inside look at a gourmet dish prepared by the celebrity chef. Date to be determined. Price is per person and limited to 6 backers.
Food Photography Class. Join Michael Piazza, Edible Boston’s food photographer and creative director, Sarah Blackburn, Edible Boston’s managing editor, and Catrine Kelty, food stylist, for an all-day workshop on the art of photographing food at Michael’s studio in South Boston. Michael will demonstrate his working methods and talk about food photography while Sarah prepares the food you'll shoot and Catrine give you tips on food styling. Bring your smart phone or DSLR and an appetite. Class includes lunch and festive beverages and will take place on Saturday, January 20, from 9am to 4pm. Price is per person and limited to 11.
- Four Seasonal Food Photographs. By Michael Piazza. A series of four 8" x 10" seasonal photographs by Edible Boston's own Food Photographer and Creative Director Michael Piazza. Photographs will be matted and frame ready.
- Farm-to-Table Market Tour and Dinner You and a friend will tour Wayland Winter Farmers Market with Sarah Blackburn, Managing Editor of Edible Boston magazine (limited to 2 shoppers). That evening, cook with Sarah as she creates dinner for you and 5 others (total of 6) at your home in the Greater Boston area with ingredients purchased at the market. Limited to 2 backers.
- Dinner with The Food Voice Founders: Let's Talk About Food. Enjoy dinner and conversation with Ilene Bezahler (Edible Boston) and Louisa Kasdon (Let's Talk About Food) at Summer Shack in Cambridge. Price is per person and limited to 6.
Lunch with Roger Berkowitz at Legal Harborside: Let's Talk About Seafood. Lunch and conversation for four at Legal Harborside Restaurant with Roger Berkowitz, CEO and President of Legal Seafood, and Louisa Kasdon, Let's Talk About Food. Dine on local seafood while discussing the future of New England fish and fishermen. Price is per person and limited to 4.
Let's Cook and Eat with Jeremy Sewall and The Food Voice Team. Award Winning Chef and Restaurateur Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oysters and Row 34 will prepare a gourmet dinner for eight in your home. Price is per class of eight and limited to 1 backer.
As a new nonprofit organization, we want to do more, and we want to give those who care about food an opportunity to support us.
With your help, we will continue to give food a voice. We are so grateful for your support. Thank you! And remember, your gift is tax-deductible.
The team at Black Math, Boston.
Risks and challenges
This project poses very few risks to our supporters. For over 10 years, we have produced events and magazines under the names Let’s Talk About Food, Edible Boston and To Market. Now under The Food Voice umbrella, we will continue to produce magazines and events. While we have never published a podcast before, we know local food, the community and the content, and will hire experts to ensure a quality production. Kickstarter funding will allow us to expand our presence throughout New England and to do even more to give food a voice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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