Mario Batali Demonstration Helps Foundation to Educate Kids About Right Eating - Page 3
Batali uses the produce grown in his family garden for his restaurants as well as some of the products from Bronx' Little Italy. He quipped that Little Italy in Manhattan is not really Italian any more, but the tiny area is touristy and in name only a remembrance of what used to be a sprawl of tenemented streets dotted with storefronts and stalls sporting fresh produce, fresh cheeses, signature home made Italian pastries like cannoli wafting throughout with delicious smells of beautifully seasoned roasted meats and sauces and unbelievable foods. He recommended Arthur Avenue near the Botanical Garden in the Bronx for the "real deal" Little Italy in New York. There, it is still possible to pick up home made ricotta and tasty cheeses as well as home made pastas and other Italian products, including delicious breads. And New Yorkers know if you can't get up to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, you can always go to Eataly (Batali, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Joe Bastianich and Oscar Farinetti founded this sweeping Italian marketplace) for home made buffalo mozzarella, cannoli, gelato and imported Italian products.
It was a win, win day for all who visited the New York Botanical Gardens, the Batali demonstration and the dinner. The cause is a good one, spreading the word to future adults and present adults about healthy eating, fresh produce, from garden to table home made cooking, with an emphasis on increasing local and/organic food selection to promote great nutrition.
The word is out. Processed foods are anathema to good health. Whole Foods Market sent everyone home with a book on home made canning and preserving tomatoes, fruits and vegetables without additives. The process is still used today in Italian towns all over Italy, like my family's home town. You can't beat the taste of freshness during the cold winter months, the deliciousness of summer gardens.