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Chew Bites: Course 21

It’s that time again for our weekly roundup of the stories that made us think, wonder, and debate around the table. Here are the top articles from last week on everything from animal-free milk to your food policy guide for the election. The Startup Trying to Give Millions of People Access to Organic Food on Inc: […]

Alternative Proteins? No Whey!

Over the past year, I’ve set some challenging fitness goals for myself. From joining a quirky workout group to running my first half marathon – I’ve started a quest to improve my wellbeing and it doesn’t stop at the gym. This fitness journey has sparked my interest in protein and various ways to incorporate it […]

Chew Bites: Course 20

Welcome back to your weekly serving of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from last week in the world of food, innovation, and sustainability. Here’s what you missed… Why This Food Bank is Turning Away Junk Food on Civil Eats: The largest food bank in DC will no longer accept candy, sodas or other junk. […]

Foraging Across New England

I spent the summer of 2010 working in a one Michelin starred restaurant in the heart of California’s wine country.  The restaurant was the kind of place that grew most of its own vegetables. It was there that I learned how to forage for food. Our two-and-a-half acre farm that grew the restaurant’s vegetables not […]

Chew Bites: Course 19

Welcome back to your weekly serving of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from last week in the world of food, innovation, and sustainability. Here’s what you missed… How the microbiome will lead a revolution in the consumerization of personalized medicine and diet on Tech Crunch: The latest understanding of the human microbome indicates it […]

Chew Bites: Course 18

We’re back in action with another round of Chew Bites – a weekly roundup of our favorite stories in the worlds of food, nutrition, sustainability, and innovation. Here’s what’s catching our eye… So what exactly is the benefit of urban agriculture? on KUNC: There’s no doubt urban agriculture is trendy these days, but a new […]

Chew Bites: Course 17

It’s that time again for our weekly roundup of the stories that made us think, wonder, and debate around the kitchen table. Here are the top articles of late on everything from a pay-it-forward pizza shop to food politics. Boston Startup Lighter Wants to Change How the World Eats on BostInno: Check out this profile on […]

Friday Flashback to Food Labels

With nutrition labels making headlines every other day, we can all use a refresher on what all those common food labels actually mean. So let’s revisit one of our first Chewing Noises posts that breaks down the definitions behind everything from organic to whole grain. *** Food shopping has never been so complicated. You walk […]

Chew Bites: Course 16

Welcome back to your weekly serving of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from last week in the world of food, innovation, and sustainability. Here’s what you missed… Taking A Bite Out Of The Food Industry: Startups Change The Game on Forbes: A look at the food startup industry and how the ones finding success […]

Chew Bites: Course 15

It’s that time again for our weekly digest of stories that made the rounds at our kitchen table. Here are the top recent articles on everything from mushrooms to artificial intelligence. Food Computer: How Caleb Harper Inspires Us to Be Future Farmers on ABC: Meet the MIT research scientist who created food systems that allow anyone, anywhere to be […]

Chew Bites: Course 14

It’s that time again for our weekly roundup of the stories that made us think, wonder, and debate around the kitchen table. Here are the top articles of late on everything from gut bacteria to what “health food” really means. McDonaldization & the Future of Fast Food on Lucky Peach: Fast food isn’t just McDonald’s anymore […]

Food As A Religion

A few weeks ago Chew’s Founder and CEO, Adam Melonas, took the stage at TEDxCambridge. We’ll get to the show in a bit, but first let’s rewind to a cold day this past winter when the idea got its legs. We all recognize TED talks as the “ideas worth spreading,” short, inspirational, and educational talks from […]

Chew Bites: Course 13

Welcome back to your weekly serving of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from last week in the world of food, innovation, and sustainability. Here’s what you missed… This Is the GMO Peanut That Could Rid the World of Nut Allergies on Munchies: Scientists believe they can create an allergy-free peanut using GMOs. Do you […]

Chew Bites: Course 12

It’s that time again for this week’s edition of Chew Bites – a weekly roundup of our favorite stories in the worlds of food, nutrition, sustainability, and innovation. Here’s what stuck with us: Do Startups Really Create Lots of Good Jobs? on Harvard Business Review: Five challenges to the widely accepted idea that startups create […]

Chew Bites: Course 11

We’re capping off the week with a roundup of all things food, innovation, and sustainability! Between the Memorial Day BBQs, shortened work week, and summer craze, it’s been easy to miss what’s going on. So, here’s your cheat sheet to get up to speed. When the First Lady Goes, Will the Veggies Go, Too? on The Atlantic: […]

Chew Bites: Course 10

We’re back in action with another round of Chew Bites – a weekly roundup of our favorite stories in the worlds of food, nutrition, sustainability, and innovation. Here’s what’s catching our eye… The Harm in Blindly Going Gluten Free on The Atlantic: A gastroenterologist discusses the damage you can do going gluten-free for no medical […]

The Boston Startup Fighting Food Waste with Technology

Every day there’s another study about the impact of food waste and just how bad we really are at tossing perfectly good food. From kitchens to corporations, we clearly have work to do. But what you don’t hear about every day is a company that’s doing something about it. Meet Spoiler Alert – a Boston startup that connects […]

Chew Bites: Course 9

Welcome back to your weekly serving of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from last week in the world of food, innovation, and sustainability. Here’s what you missed… When All Kids Eat for Free on The Atlantic: Detroit offers free breakfast and lunch for every child, but Congress is trying to change the rule that […]

Rezzit21: The Bridge Between Restaurants & Diners

Riddle me this – your family’s visiting next Friday night and asks you to “find somewhere nice” to take them for dinner. Here’s the situation: your grandmother needs a table close to the entrance, your sister has celiac, your dad hates waiting without a drink in hand, and your mom insists on creating her own […]

Chew Bites: Course 9

Welcome back to your weekly serving of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from last week in the world of food, innovation, and sustainability. Here’s what you missed… Caught in the Middle: Farmers Seek a New and Improved GMO Debate on Modern Farmer: You always hear about anti-GMO or pro-GMO, but what about people who don’t […]

Essential Oils & A Love Letter to DHA

The fact that not all fats are bad isn’t anything new, but it’s certainly marking the mainstream conversation more and more lately. I still remember when my mom used to give me a spoon full of cod oil emulsion every day as she insisted that her mom did the same when she was little. So […]

Chew Bites: Course 8

It’s that time again for this week’s edition of Chew Bites – a weekly roundup of our favorite stories in the worlds of food, nutrition, sustainability, and innovation. Here’s what stuck with us: The Most Sustainable Restaurant In The World Might Be This School Cafeteria on Fast Company: The Muse School kitchen sits atop one […]

Guide to Local Farmers’ Markets: Boston & Beyond

Alright, spring itself is a hotly debated, somewhat mythical season in this part of town. Boston likes to go from arctic to scorching overnight, but spring does mark something no matter where you stand: farmers’ markets are back in action! Starting the next couple weeks, you’ll see these markets pop up all over the city, […]

Is Farm to Table Really a Trend?

We’re in a state of rapid movement, technology, and innovation. Welcome to 2016, right? That new coconut water you tasted yesterday? Well, the next big company will re-formulate it 100 times by tomorrow. Many consider the “farm to table” movement to be one of the biggest trends in the world right now and it’s one that’s […]

Chew Bites: Course 7

We’re back in action with another round of Chew Bites – a weekly roundup of our favorite stories in the world of food, nutrition, sustainability, and innovation. Here’s what caught our eye… Why Organic Restaurant Certification Matters on Civil Eats: Why it matters, what it means, and who’s primed to push organic into the mainstream. The Rotten […]

Nootropics: The Hype, Breakdown and Bottom Line

We’re in a culture that glorifies busy and champions all nighters. At the same time, there’s a growing obsession with biohacking, and that’s where nootropics come in. Pills that could make you think, sleep, and perform better? Our verdict’s still out but it’s about time we all paid attention to nootropics. They aren’t going anywhere. […]

Spotlight on Boston’s Food Startup Scene

We’re lucky to call Boston home and like every good local here, we have an annoying amount of hometown pride. When you hear Boston, you might think about our sports teams, history, universities or marathon. But there’s something else shaping this city more and more every day – our food startup scene. Let’s take a […]

Chew Bites: Course 6

Welcome back to your weekly serving of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from last week in the world of food, innovation, and sustainability. Here’s what you missed… Obama’s latest food crackdown: Salt on Politico: First it was fat, then sugar, now salt. With new voluntary sodium regulations slated for this summer, here’s a look […]

Top Trends Pulsing Through Expo West

The Natural Products Expo (often called “Expo West”) has become a benchmark event for anyone in the natural products industry. This expo showcases the latest innovations, displays the tried & true products, and rings a bell for the missing ones. And that’s why more than 70,000 consumers, product developers, retailers, manufactures, and farmers flock to […]

Coconut Oil Conundrum

Coconut oil – healthy choice, miracle ingredient, or just another saturated fat? Join the club, the debate’s been unfolding for years. Let’s break it down. The Dirt Coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat making it the most concentrated food source of sat fat out there. To put it into context, even butter is only […]

Chew Bites: Course 5

It’s that time again for your weekly dose of Chew Bites – our favorite stories from the last week. Here’s what you missed so you can take on Monday all the wiser… Carbon Farming: Hope for a Hot Planet on Modern Farmer: Carbon farming was a major topic at Expo West and this piece solidifies […]

Why We Need Modernized Home Economics

When we say home economics, what comes to mind? Sewing machines, Stepford Wives and Betty Crocker? At some point people started to associate home economics with anti-feminism as it implied that a career in the home was the only possible path for women. But removing home ec from school curriculums entirely isn’t doing anything for […]

Dining Dilemma – How to Prepare an Allergy Free Meal

Let’s face it. Preparing an allergy free meal is not a walk in the park. You’ve been tasked with a laundry list of things to look out for but don’t know where to start. You might be second guessing why you invited anyone over in the first place, but we’ve got you covered. You’ll be […]

Chew Bites: Course 4

It’s that time again for your weekly dose of Chew Bites – our top picks for last week’s stories. Here’s what you missed… Still Life with Mass Hysteria: Are GMOs Really That Bad? on Modern Farmer: This piece explores the disconnect between an anti-GMO default and what GMO actually means. Eating Less Meat Could Save […]

Quick Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Just how much food do you think we waste in a year? The best estimate is 1.3 billion tons. That’s about 25lb of food per person every month, about 5 days’ worth of food on average. John Oliver can’t believe it either. Somehow we’ve become careless towards food. I remember when I was growing up […]

The How, Why, and What’s of Lacto-Fermentation

Home ferments are on the rise, whether that’s home-brewing beer, mothering a kombucha, or feeding a sourdough starter. My fermentation obsession centers around one of the oldest vegetable preservations methods: Lacto-fermentation. If you’ve ever eaten a homemade sauerkraut or kimchi, you’ve eaten the results of lacto-fermentation. Let’s break down the how, why and what’s actually […]

Chew Bites: Course 3

It’s that time again for our weekly roundup of the stories that made us think, wonder, and debate around the table. Here are the top 10 articles from last week on everything from the First Lady to food coloring. The great FLOTUS food fight on Politico: We loved every minute of Sam Kass’ Expo West […]

Real Ingredients, Real Connections

Food defines us. It defines the tastes, textures, and feelings that flood through our memories. Food reminds us of are our firsts, our lasts, and our loves. The first time we had a peanut butter and jelly. The last time we ate a creamsicle on a warm summer’s night. The loved ones who fed us […]

Chew Bites: Course 2

We’re riding high from an incredible weekend at Natural Foods Expo West and stay tuned for our recap on the trends and highlights we saw over the weekend. But for now, here’s your weekly dose of Chew Bites – our top picks for last week’s stories. Giant Eagle Now the Largest U.S. Supermarket Selling Ugly […]

Beyond Açaí: Meet These 5 Superfoods

Just when you learned how to pronounce açaí, it’s time to move on. Well, not move on but expand. Açaí’s hit the mainstream market and for good reason. Its health benefits hold up and the fruit adds a tropical flair even in the dead of winter. But there are other superfoods worth your dime. Plus, […]

FROM FAIR TRADE TO ALL-NATURAL: NAVIGATING FOOD LABELS

Food shopping has never been so complicated. You walk into the store knowing you need bananas, yogurt and eggs. Simple, right? Sure, if these weren’t some of the labels weren’t mocking you: organic, conventional, dairy-free, soy-free, cage-free, free-range, non-GMO and the list goes on. You get the point. So, we stepped in. Here’s a handy […]

Chew Bites: Course 1

We’re a little obsessed with all things food, nutrition, and sustainability so one might say we don’t really have moderation when it comes to consumption here. Well, consumption of good stories about the things that make us tick. So, at the start of every week we’ll share the most interesting, agitating, or enlightening things we read […]

MEDIA FARM

When you see a farmer, in a magazine, on a TV commercial, in a movie, who do you see? Today on Chewing Noises we’re taking a critical look at farming in the media. We’re talking to Bren Smith, ocean farmer and author of Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers, an op-ed piece […]