Obsessively good organic dark chocolate.
San Francisco's TCHO makes outrageously delicious dark chocolate from certified organic, fair trade ingredients. The company, which was co-founded by space shuttle technologist-turned -chocolate maker, creates a direct link between cacao farmers and chocolate lovers.
Adrian and Peter brought SHFT House Wine to this year's International Gourmet Festival, featuring Michelin-starred chefs from around the world, was held at the Vila Joya resort in Portugal's spectacular Algarve region. In other words, the perfect place to launch the first of our sustainable House Wines, a big, bold red crafted at an organic vineyard in Paso Robles,......read more
Native New Yorker Peter Manerva comes by his love of gardening honestly. His parents were into plants, and when he was a kid, instead of building forts out of sheets and couch cushions, he would create his own little jungle worlds from all the plantlife around the house. That childhood interest in greenery blossomed into an adult obsession. Peter was kind enough to show us around his spectacular......read more
There was a time not so long ago that fennel was scarcely available except in specialty markets. Today, you can find it in the produce section of most supermarkets, right alongside the carrots and celery. With a vague flavor of black licorice, the elegant and curvacious bulb has plenty of uses in the kitchen. Even so, fennel is still underappreciated in North America, especially compared......read more
The locavore craze, once the domain of a handful of hardline foodies, has gone mainstream. A seeming majority of restaurants now list describe their food as "local." But do we know where precisely each ingredient was produced? Not now, but if Real Time Farms has its way, we will soon. Launched by an ex-Google software engineer in the spring of 2010, Real Time Farms is a web-based, crowdsourced......read more
The FDA is on the brink of approving genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. This would be the first genetically engineered animal on supermarket shelves in the United States. The salmon is engineered to produce growth hormones year-round that cause the fish to grow at twice the normal rate. The government already requires labels to tell us if fish is wild-caught or......read more
Baked by hand in a little oven in Manhattan's West Village, the delectable dog treats from Bocce's Bakery are made using only sustainable, "human-grade" ingredients, sourced locally in the New York area. Included among the flavors are Chicken Cordon Bleu, Fish & Chips, PB'n'J, and Beef Bourguinon, which is made using a short list of all-natural ingredients: organic rye flour,......read more
With his Skyfarm project, German designer Manuel Dreesmann delivers a futuristic, conceptual take on ornamental hanging plant baskets. Conceived for high-rise apartment buildings with small balconies that leave little room for conventional planter boxes, Skyfarm consists of a series of "Skypots" -- white acrylic pots with transparent lids that are strung from the balcony ceiling.......read more
We're admittedly a bit late to the table on this on The Perennial Plate, a weekly web series documenting a foodie couple's adventures in sustainable eating. It's downright delicious. For "A Taste of Vietnam," TPP's Daniel Klein and Mirra Find ate their way through the Southeast Asian country for two weeks, exploring the hidden corners of Vietnamese cuisine. The fast-paced clip......read more