Hello all, and Happy 4th of July!

As I start getting ready for Boston’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, I can’t help but reflect upon the theme of independence as it pertains to one of the things I care about most: food.  Can we truly say that we’re free from hunger?  Independent from influences that produce items that look like food, but nourishes us nothing like it?  Is our food system truly free?

Food plays a huge role in holiday traditions worldwide, and America is no exception.  On this day, let’s take pride in our regional dishes, and the regional food systems that inspired them.  Today, let’s be thankful for the people who produce food locally and responsibly, and those who support them.  Let’s redefine what it means to be “proud to be an American” in culinary terms.