Social Engagement

One of the tenets that we firmly believe in is that organic and natural are better for your body than a manufactured substitute. Sugar is better than Aspartame, Oil is better than Olestra, just about anything is better than high-fructose corn syrup. Just because the United States congress has never voted on the labeling of genetically modified food doesn’t mean we don’t get to vote with our grocery dollars each day. When the demand for something diminishes, the corporate support leaves as well.

One reason we choose not to vote with our dollars is convenience, this is true. The other, and we believe the more important reason, is that we don’t know how to get regionally sourced food. What to look for, where to go, how not to spend an arm and a leg living our values.

Coming in Spring 2010, IRL Arts Foundation will roll out a program that will help you make simple decisions at your local supermarket on how to eat more healthy, more local, and in many cases, more inexpensively that you do today. This handbook will be tailored to the New York City Metro area and will be expanding to other large metropolitan areas as demand and reach broadens. The program will touch upon:

* Grocery stores that source local food
* Regional Brands to look for
* Farm Co-ops and Farm Shares in the NY-NJ-CT area
* Restaurants that primarily use local ingredients
* Growing your own herbs and vegetables
* Food related educational programs and volunteer organizations in your area
* Chart of the fruits and vegetables available season by season with recipes to go along with them

In part with our growing website and handbook, a few thought leaders in the slow food movement have agreed to speak and share their mission and ideas on behalf of the IRL Arts Foundation. Their bios will be up soon and the Q&A sessions will cover the gamut of topics in regionally sourced food and can be tailored to meet the needs of your school, university, or organization.

Please send an email to Info (at) IRLAF (dot) org for more information on bringing an IRL Arts Foundation speaker to your school, campus, or event. If you would like a copy of the IRL Arts Foundation 2010 NYC Metro Area Handbook, please send an e-mail to list (at) IRLAF (dot) org and you will be notified when it is available.

2010 Scholarships

The IRL Arts foundation sponsors five gifted graduating seniors per year with a $500 cash gift toward tuition in a degree in the culinary arts.

This scholarship process is a bit different than others in the culinary world and requires all applicants to submit a video instead of a writing sample. Videos will be graded on a curve and account for 50% of the decision, the other 50% will depend on such factors as grade point average, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, financial need, and work experience (if applicable).

2010’s video will be about your most precious food moment. read more . . .


Zachary Cohen @ Farm to Table
Tina Wong @ The Wandering Eater
Simon Dang @ Plate Of The Day
Michelle Lapidos @ The NYC Game
Lauren Soutiere @ East Village Kitchen
Kathy YL Chan @ A Passion For Food
Jessica Binder @ Food Mayhem
Lindsay Nixon @ Happy Herbivore
Mike Lieberman @ Urban Organic Gardener
Adriana Velez @ Brooklyn Food Coalition
Jen Bernstein @ Local Appetite
Krista Garcia @ Goodies First
Chris Durso @ Foodiggity
Melissa Sands @ Fork This
Florie @ Dolce In New York
Christine Kim @ Fresh, Local, and Best
Layne Mosler @ Taxi Gourmet
James Boo @ The Eaten Path
Wilfrid @ The Pink Pig
Divya Gugnani @ Behind The Burner
Josh Beckerman @ NYC Foodie
Jean Ann Van Krevelen @ Gardener to Farmer
Jeffrey Chin @ Foodgasm
Jenny Miller @ Various NYC Food Blogs
Amy Cao @ Amy Blogs Chow
Eat It Brooklyn @ Eat Brooklyn Food
Zach Brooks Midtown Lunch
Dan Delaney @ Vendr TV
Andrea & Jeff @ High/Low, Food/Drink
Cindy Zhou @ Chubby Chinese Girl
Allie Schwartz @ Economy Bites
Dave Cook @ Eating In Translation
Amy & Jonny @ We Are Never Full
Danny @ Food In Mouth
Yvo Sin @ Feisty Foodie
Tina & Phil @ $30 A Week
Mike @ Man Eat Food
Marc Masumoto @ No Recipes
Judith Klein Rich @ Foodista
Jessie Yoh @ Savory Bites
Jeff Orlick @ Jeffrey Tastes
Meg Cotner @ Joey in Astoria
Lisa Fain @ Homesick Texan
Steve Shaw @
Jackie Gordon @ The Diva That Ate New York
David Fishman @ Fishman Foodie
Michelle Weiber @ Thursday Night Smackdown
Siobhan & Alex @ Blondie & Brownie
Stephane Lemagnen @ Zen Can Cook
Liza de Guia @ Food Curated
Lawrence Weibman @ NYC Food Guy
Kathryn Liverani @ Cooking Inside The Box