Food Economy Working Group Hosts Networking and Discussion Event

New, established and prospective food and beverage businesses gathered at Dawson's Market in Rockville on February 21st for a Networking and Discussion Event: Making it easier to start and run a food or beverage business in Montgomery County. Judy Stephenson, Small Business Navigator in the Montgomery County Office of the County Executive, was on hand to solicit candid feedback from local businesses on the challenges they have encountered launching and operating their businesses. The 35 food or ...
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Red Lentil Ragu Recipe

By Food Council Member, Wendy Nevett Bazil @healthierkitchen (Serves 8 - 10) I love this dish mostly because it tastes great, but also because it’s a terrific dish without any animal protein that still has a meaty feel for meat eaters and a familiar flavor for skeptics. It’s delicious served over pasta, brown rice, mashed potatoes or other root vegetables, even roasted spaghetti squash, topped with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, nutritional yeast, or faux parmesan. This...
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Food Council Welcomes Eight New Members

We are pleased to announce that eight new members have been selected to join the Food Council. These new members possess a wealth of expertise in local food issues and have demonstrated a commitment to improving the food system in Montgomery County. The new members include a nutritionist, food security experts, a cooking instructor, a community development professional, an event planner and a restaurant association professional. Their two-year terms began on January 1st, 2017. The new member...
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Partner Spotlight: Janet Yu

Food Economy Working Group member Janet Yu was destined to become a food entrepreneur. Janet’s parents immigrated to Washington, DC from China in 1948 and settled in Montgomery County, where her mother opened a restaurant in Silver Spring. Janet grew up in her mother’s restaurant kitchen, helping her make her signature almond cookies. As an adult, Janet first worked in the airline industry, but then decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and establish herself as a local restaurateur. Janet ...
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Tips For A More Meaningful Holiday – Feed More, Waste Less

By Community Food Rescue     Thanksgiving is over and for many of us getting creative with leftovers – or wishing we had more of them – is top of mind. But as we continue this season of festive holiday gatherings and rejoice with colleagues, friends and family, we should remember that as many as 70,000 people in Montgomery County are worried about where their next meal will come from. The Community Food Rescue network and innovative matching app is helping to close the ...
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What is the Fiscal Impact of a Food Hub in Montgomery County?

In 2016, funded through a County Council grant, the Montgomery County Food Council led a research project on the fiscal impact of a food hub in Montgomery County. MCFC contracted Cultivate Ventures as the consultant to conduct a feasibility study on a food hub, including defining its potential structure, necessary resources, regional context, and next steps to present recommendations to local government leaders. Released in October 2016, the Food Hub Study provides a framework of analysis for...
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