Monday, September 30, 2013

Food for Thought, Food for the Palate


Worthy activities, projects or events organized by Yale alumni groups in neighboring areas. 

Food for Thought

In October, Yale is Kale (YAANY photo)
October is "Foodtober," so says the Yale Alumni Association of New York.  The alumni group is celebrating all forms of food with month-long activities related to food--preparing it, enjoying it, discussing it, sustaining it, studying and analyzing its production and preparation, and sampling cuisines from all parts of the planet.  "Foodtober will bring together alumni and community partners with food for thought, food for the palate, and much comraderie," YAANY says.

Events will include a Friday Night Supper Series that will permit guests to try new, different, sometimes exotic cuisines.  On one Saturday, alumni will assist in food distribution at a New York food pantry.

There will also be a roof-top farm tour in Manhattan, a panel discussion on sustainable food and health, an evening session for those interested in food entrepreneurship, a walking tour of food offerings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Chinatown, a community-service event to help a Brooklyn community farm, and much more. Something for almost everyday of the month.

Foodtober will be capped off with what is being called an International Food Fight at the Yale Club of New York City, a cooking competition with renowned chefs acting as judges. For more about the food festivities, go to www.yaany.


New Yale president Peter Salovey '86 Ph.d. continues to meet, greet, and unveil plans, ideas and strategies for his term, while gearing up for his Oct. 13 inauguration in New Haven. Afterward he hits the road to represent Yale in presidential ways. That's what Yale presidents do.

On Oct. 24, he will slip out of town for a short trip to Greenwich,  where he will speak at a reception sponsored by the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich.  Like all Yale presidents on the road, he will address whatever topics alumni raise, including (to his delight) the new $250 million gift to Yale from Charles Johnson '54 that will help fund the construction of two residential colleges.

(After the Oct. 7 announcement, he'll get to boast, too, about Yale's latest Nobel laureate,  Prof. James Rothman, in physiology/medicine.)

Of course, alumni will request he address the continuing rise in tuition, the growing number of undergraduate applications, the state of science and technology at Yale (a new biology building is being planned), the vibrancy of New Haven and, as always, the football team's autumn prospects.  The event is open to alumni from nearby areas, but is restricted to a certain number of guests.

Salovey spoke to Westchester alumni at a YWAA dinner last fall, on the same day of his "job interview" and just a few days before he was appointed the new president of Yale.  


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