Everything is better when you feel like you’re a part of it.
That’s Chef Kristen St. Clair’s philosophy. She’s a chef who welcomes
the community into her kitchen, where they become a part of growing,
harvesting, cooking and understanding fresh, healthy food.
Cincinnatians just love to joke about
that old, clichéd quip often attributed to Mark Twain: “When the end of
the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always 20 years
behind the times.” The colloquialism is used to exemplify anything
considered remotely backward, from legislation to fashion to potholes.
Signs of life, though, are sprouting up around the city like a canary
dandelion through a crack in the cement.
Before Barack Obama was elected, sustainable food advocates across the country were pushing for an organic White House garden, which seemed to some like a Marie Antoinette moment. A "let them eat organic" in the middle of a flailing economy when people were losing their jobs and couldn't put food on their tables.