Help Fight Food Deserts with Naked Juice and #DrinkGoodDoGood

Over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen plenty of your favorite social media personalities post a photo of themselves with a fruit or veggie and hashtagging it #DrinkGoodDoGood. Wondering what that’s all about? Let us explain.

Nearly 24 million Americans live in food deserts and don’t have access to affordable, quality, fresh fruits and vegetables. But Naked Juice is trying to help change this. For the third year in a row, Naked Juice is partnering with Wholesome Wave – an organization that helps create affordable access to fresh, local and regional food to those in need – to provide fresh produce where there is none.

So every time someone posts a “fruit selfie” with the #DrinkGoodDoGood hashtag, Naked Juice will donate the equivalent of 10 pounds of produce to neighbors in need — up to 500,000 pounds in total through October 15.

To help raise awareness, Naked Juice and Wholesome Wave are teaming up with local ambassadors across the country to help shine a light on the issue of food deserts. Among the ambassadors joining the effort are Wholesome Wave board member and D.C.-based chef Jose Andres, musician Common, Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio and San Francisco chef Tyler … Read More

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Chime in at Vizcaya Village Public Forums

Vizcaya Garage

Want to make your voice heard – or just find out more about – Vizcaya Village? Those are the buildings across South Miami Avenue that once represented the domestic center of the estate – with a working farm, dairy barn and chicken coop, as well as housing for staff, a mechanic and blacksmith shop and James Deering’s garage. Three public forums are being held at the Vizcaya Village Garage at 3250 South Miami Avenue:

As part of the planning process that’s being facilitated by Miami-based architects MC Harry and Associates and Washington, DC-based Quinn Evans Architects, the three public forums will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas about innovative ways to serve community needs as the Vizcaya Village is developed into a dynamic new cultural center.… Read More

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State Declares Emergency in Oriental Fruit Fly Infestation

Florida officials have declared a state of agricultural emergency because of the Oriental Fruit Fly infestation in Miami, a move that will expand the state’s authority to corral resources to treat the flies and contain the outbreak.

Considered one of the most serious pests, the fruit fly attacks hundreds of fruits, vegetables and nuts, including key South Dade crops like avocado, mango, mamey, loquat, lychee, longan, dragon fruit, guava, papaya, sapodilla, banana and annona. The fruit flies lay their eggs in host fruits and vegetables. Since the Oriental Fruit Fly was first detected in Miami-Dade on Aug. 26, 2015, a total of 158 flies have been detected. A quarantine was immediately set up, and affected growers were given compliance agreements.

In Miami-Dade County, where agriculture is a $1.6 billion industry, the infestation has already taken a toll. “We’ve had one farmer lose $100,000 in avocados” because of the quarantine, says Sonia Colon of the Dade Farm Bureau. “There are a lot of concerned growers here.”

Eradication efforts include quarantining the 85-square-mile area around the areas where the fruit fly was found; treating a 1.5-square-mile area around each fly detection; removing fruit from host trees; and ground spraying with a pesticide … Read More

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The Pink Lady

This cocktail was created by mixologist/Liquid Chef Rob Floyd at Corsair by Scott Conant in support of breast cancer research during October. $1 from sales of each cocktail will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

1.5 oz peach vodka

.5 oz maraschino liqueur

1 fresh strawberry

3 basil leaves muddled

Splash of Prosecco

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T & A (Tequila & Awareness)

This cocktail was created by mixologist Maxwell Parise of Tongue & Cheek in support of breast cancer research during October. $1 from the sale of each cocktail will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

1 fresh egg white

.5 oz lime juice

.75 oz Pama Pomegranate Flavored Liqueur

.75 oz cream

.75 Casamigos Reposado Tequila

1 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila

2 oz. soda water

Lime wheel garnish

Pink Ribbon Ice: Made with pomegranate liquor gelee, folded into a ribbon, then frozen into ice.… Read More

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Cheers to the Cure

This cocktail was created by mixologist Jennifer Sorrano of Bourbon Steak Miami by Michael Mina in support of breast cancer research during October. $1 from the sale of each cocktail will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

1 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon

1 oz housemade strawberry-basil puree

1 oz Cocchi Americano

Splash of club soda

1 basil leaf for garnish

Serve on the rocks.

They’re also serving Ruinart Reims Brut Rosé, an exuberant rosé with fresh notes of raspberry and strawberry and creamy bubbles.

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Drink Pink: Cocktails for the Cure

This October, South Florida bartenders are making it easy to support breast cancer research. Every time you order one of their special rosy-hued cocktails, they’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Here’s where you can drink pink (with recipes so you can try them at home):

The Pink Lady from mixologist/Liquid Chef Rob Floyd
Corsair by Scott Conant

Cheers to the Cure from mixologist Jennifer Sorrano
Bourbon Steak Miami by Michael Mina

T & A (Tequila & Awareness) from mixologist Maxwell Parise
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Food + Conversation = FoodSpark Miami

Downtown Miami’s Art Days weekend Sept. 11-13 features the debut of FoodSpark Miami, one of the winners in the 2015 Public Space Challenge to connect Miamians to the community and each other. We talked with Naomi Ross, founder of Celebrate Diversity Miami, who submitted the idea for the social-issues brainstorming meal, held on Sunday at the DWNTWN Arts Fair:

What can visitors expect?

FoodSpark Miami is much more than a traditional pop-up potluck. It’s about people from different walks of life throughout greater Miami coming together to connect around important social issues that impact us all. Our kick-off event coincides with The Feast Worldwide’s Global Action Dinner, so we’ll be joining groups across the world in an action-oriented movement focused on empowering and inspiring each other to create a better future for our communities. In addition to guests enjoying savory and sweet bites of food provided by local restaurants, we’ll be encouraging people to bring prepared dishes of their favorite food too if they want to. There’ll be music playing in the background thanks to a local DJ, and after everyone eats, the main program consisting of group dialogue activities will begin.

What’s on the agenda?

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What to do if you live in fruit fly quarantine zone

Backyard growers inside the Oriental Fruit Fly quarantine zone can enjoy their homegrown avocados and produce, as long as it’s at their dinner table.

According to Jim Stribling, new director of Fruit and Spice Park – which is in the quarantine zone – says it’s fine for consumers who live inside the quarantine zone to eat your backyard produce.

“If you’re a backyard gardener, you can consume what you grow on your property,” he says. “The only thing you can’t do is take your fruit to grandma’s.”

Stribling says state officials, who are working to contain this outbreak, may come to your house if they’ve found a fly close by and ask you to participate in treatment, which includes organic choices. Find out more about those treatment options online.

“The situation is serious, but not something to panic about,” says Stribling.… Read More

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Oriental Fruit Fly Quarantine: Consumer Update

Will there be a shortage of produce in South Florida farmers markets this week because of the Oriental Fruit Fly quarantine? Probably not at the moment – state agricultural officials say there is a lot of fruit available for farmers markets outside of the quarantine area.

Meanwhile, farmers in the Redland are not the only ones affected by the Oriental Fruit Fly quarantine. Backyard gardeners who live in the quarantine area – roughly bounded by SW 104 St., SW 247 Ave., SW 272 St. and SW 147 Ave. – and have avocados, bananas or other produce should not move any homegrown produce off their property, says Aaron Keller of Fresh from Florida. If you live in or travel through the quarantine area:

· Do not give away, mail, or accept home-grown host fruits and vegetables.

· Do not move potted plants grown under host plants unless they are first inspected. Immature Oriental fruit flies (pupae) may be hiding in the soil.

· Do not compost discarded host plants, fruit, or foliage; they may be infested with Oriental fruit fly, and the composting process may not kill the pest.

· Double-bag and seal unwanted host fruits and vegetables and discard with … Read More

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