Archive for March 2011

Food Is Our Common Ground

March 26, 2011

Grace Church School is hosting a panel discussion about Food, Kids, and Sustainability on April 25th at 6pm (86 Fourth Avenue, 10003).  We are invite you to be a part of the discussion!

Our panelists include;

  • Jerusha Klemperer, Associate Director for National Programs at Slow Food, USA
  • Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
  • Dan Tainow, Lower East Side Ecology Center
  • Ben Flanner, Brooklyn Grange, Long Island City
  • Lydia Walshin, Editor and Writer for The Perfect Pantry, SoupChick, and Drop In and Decorate
  • Jude Sheehan, Chef at Grace Church School

We plan to focus the discussion on the guiding idea that “Food Is Our Common Ground,” emphasizing the power of children’s eating habits to transform our homes, our schools, and our city into a sustainable place.  Please RSVP if you’d like to attend but are not a GCS community member.  We welcome all interested guests!


Jerusha Klemperer is the associate director of national programs at Slow Food USA, a grassroots network of volunteer chapters that are working towards a more just and sustainable food system. She is also a writer of all kinds of things including book reviews, blog posts, and tweets, and is a contributor to the Huffington Post,,, and her personal blog Eat Here 2 ( She is an alum of Grace Church School, with fond memories of cooking and learning with Mrs. Hayes back in kindergarten. In her free time she sometimes cooks up food and fun with Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant (

Mike Anthony began cooking professionally in Tokyo, Japan where he quickly grew to love the Japanese connection to the changing seasons.  Following his time in Japan, Mike moved to France to hone his culinary skills at a number of renowned restaurants.  He joined Gramercy Tavern as the Executive Chef in 2006 and under his leadership the restaurant has earned a number of accolades including a three star New York Times review in 2007 and the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant” in 2008.  In both 2008, 2009 and 2010, Mike has been nominated for the James Beard Award for “Best Chef in New York City.”

Daniel Tainow learned the importance of protecting our environment early in life while exploring the disappearing forests of New Jersey and fishing with his family aboard his uncle’s NY/NJ Baykeeper boat in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary.  Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from James Madison University in Virginia, and then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Environment and Community from Humboldt State University in California.  He has taught and organized environmental education programs as an AmeriCorps Member and a Naturalist in Cape Cod National Seashore, Point Reyes National Seashore, Watchung Reservation in New Jersey, and most recently as the Manager of the NYC Compost Project at the Queens Botanical Garden.  Daniel has been a resident of the Lower East Side for five years.  He is a member of Transportation Alternatives East Side Committee, serves on the board of the Western Queens Compost Initiative and hopes to volunteer at a local community garden now that he no longer has an hour and a half commute.

Chef Jude Sheehan has been re-imagining Grace Church School’s lunch program for years, bringing new, innovative recipes, green ideas, and energy saving practices to our kitchen. He is a well loved member of our community. Just ask any student at GCS!





From Lydia Walshin’s Website: “I live in Rhode Island most of the time, in a small log house with a great kitchen where I teach cooking classes and love to gather groups of friends to cook together. (Sometimes I live in Boston, too.) For the past 18 years I’ve been a food writer, but I’ve been a writer, mostly for nonprofit organizations, for my entire career. And I’ve been writing The Perfect Pantry since June 2006. (You can go back to the beginning and read every post, starting here.) I’m the founder and director of a nonprofit organization called Drop In & Decorate. I hope you’ll go to the site and read more about how we decorate and donate cookies for donation to food pantries, family shelters, and other local agencies serving neighbors in need. It’s a wonderful program, and you can be part of it.”

Head Farmer Ben Flanner is a trained engineer with a background in finance. In 2009 Ben founded Eagle Street Rooftop Farms, the first rooftop soil farm in New York. Ben’s tedious record keeping, attention to detail, and relationships in the community are a crucial asset to the farm.

Food, Inc.

March 12, 2011

The Green Gremlins have been studying the film Food, Inc.  and talking about food systems, and food safety.  James Beard once said, “food is our common ground,” and we can see the truth in this as pedestrian New Yorkers, sharing meals, packaging wastes on the streets, and the occasional scene of homelessness and hunger.    This Grow, NYC video explores the role of Bodegas in our lives.