Men (and Women) in Blue –A Friendly Cooking Competition between our public Safety Officers

images We are very excited about our Men (and Women) in Blue Cooking Competition. It’s going to be fun! We now have the Boston Police, the Cambridge Police, the Boston Fire Department, and the Watertown Police department all ready to chef it up on stage on October 5th in Copley Square.

Men (and Women) in Blue will be a friendly cooking competition between public safety services who keep our citizens safe. It will be an event on hallowed ground that will celebrate cooking, service and community – three things important to all of us.

What: A cook-off challenge between uniformed officer/chefs representing in Boston, Cambridge and Watertown – with professional Boston celebrity chef/owners as their sous-chefs and coaches, and celebrity judges.

Let’s Talk About Food Festival will represent the first big public food event held in Copley Square since the Marathon, we hope to pay quiet acknowledgment to the event and also use the moment to celebrate our local uniformed public safety forces – the Boston Police, the Cambridge Police, the Watertown Police, the State Police and the Boston Fire Department among others.

The Details: There are chefs in each of the public safety services who would like to compete. We’ll have a September “Heat” within each service and a champ who goes on to the Men in Blue finals representing their force. Prizes will be awarded to all!

Stay tuned for judges, local chef/owners who will “coach”, recipes and more. Come on and cheer the Men (and Women) in Blue on October 5th.

A Boston based-journalist with over 500 published articles and several books on food, business and health for national, regional, and international publications, Kasdon has been the food editor of the Boston Phoenix for 15 years, and formerly a senior editor at Natural Health and Boston Magazine. Kasdon is currently the CEO and Founder of Let’s Talk About Food, an partnership organization that has created over 50 food and health based public events in Boston that bring the public and experts together to deepen their understanding of the role of food in our world. Her producing partner is the Boston Globe, institutional partners include the Museum of Science, Harvard University, the New England Aquarium, Project Bread, Northeastern University, the Boston Public Library, and the Harvard/MIT Broad Center and the Cambridge Science Festival among others. A former banker and entrepreneur, Kasdon was the Executive Director of Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Norton, Massachusetts. In 1995, Kasdon founded The Boston Festival, a month long, state funded series of indoor and outdoor public events around Boston to create a winter tourism calendar. An owner of three restaurants, and she happily made the transition from preparing food to writing about it. She has been the launch editor for three magazines, and has covered health and food globally in locations as diverse as Rwanda, Zambia, and Senegal to Tucson, Arizona. She recently wrote The Restless Visionary, autobiography of Mel Zuckerman, founder of the Canyon Ranch. Kasdon has been active in organizing the food community response to the political environment for more than a decade, creating a 200-plus state-wide restaurant event, Sunday Supper, after 9/11, and coordinating the restaurant and food community’s support for Governor Deval Patrick’s first Inaugural. Kasdon is the winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Culinary Writing. She is a member of the Nutrition Roundtable at the Harvard School of Public Health, the president of the Northeast Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, and on the Board of Boston’s Le Cordon Bleu and the Cambridge Culinary Institute. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, has an SM from M.I.T., and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Louisa Kasdon

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