Aliza Green

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Aliza’s “Outstanding in Her Field” Award from Les Dames d’Escoffier

I am a proud charter member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the prestigious international organization of women of accomplishment in food, fine beverage and hospitality, Les Dames d’Escoffier, and former chapter president. I was thrilled to be selected as one of the recipients of the Chapter’s 2018 Outstanding in Her Field Award. As a pioneering woman chef in the city (my first chef job was in 1976 at the much-beloved Under the Blue Moon Restaurant in Chestnut Hill), I know just how difficult it is for a woman to be accepted in the kitchen; to be accorded the respect due to the position, and the personal sacrifices required to advance in the field. 

While women in the kitchen have made much progress during these years, we still have a very long way to go including dealing with rampant sexual harassment, significantly lower earnings, and the fact that too many men find it difficult to take direction from a female head chef. Organizations like LDEI help us by giving us a forum to interact with others in our field and learn their strategies, and for us to understand that we are not alone in our struggles.  

Click here for an article in the Jewish Exponent about my award and career and an easy, delicious recipe for Greek Lemon-Oregano Potatoes. 

I’m in the blue dress. On my right are Susanna Foo and Judy Wicks; on my left is Claire Boasi, who also received the award. Kathleen Mulhern, the fifth recipient, was not able to attend the award ceremony.

Check out this Film of my Moroccan Culinary/Cultural Tour February 2017

Quick Note on my Culinary/Cultural Tour of Incredible India

Just back from my fabulous, dizzying culinary tour in incredible India! Eleven guests plus myself and my trusty assistant traveled from Delhi (madly busy, loved Old Delhi and its spice markets-shown here–and flower markets) to Jaipur (the pink city with a fabulous outdoor cooking class at the gorgeous Raj Mahal Palace Hotel), Agra (absolutely perfect weather for our early morning visit to the Taj Mahal), Lucknow (a sophisticated city with complex cuisine not often visited by Americans), and back to Delhi.
Whether by bus, tuk-tuk, taxi, auto-rickshaw, train, and even an elephant ride up to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, we made our way, doing food walks in the bustling crazily-crowded narrow streets of the old parts of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Lucknow, tasting a myriad of vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods, learning new recipes, culture and history, and having the opportunity to speak to knowledgeable locals.

We happened upon this procession of women honoring a local fertility god while visiting the 8th Century Stepwell. All were dressed in the same brilliant yellow-orange and carrying earthenware water pots on their heads filled with coconuts and bananas as offerings. 

Along with irresistibly beautiful hand-woven silk and pashmina shawls dyed with natural materials such as eggplant, tomato, saffron, and turmeric, I brought back the best saffron in the world, from Kashmir–deep red threads potently fragrant, rare white poppy seeds (known there as “opium seeds”) used to make creamy korma sauce, big fat deep green freshly harvested cardamom pods, and hard-to-find hand-pounded silver leaf used to decorate pastries. Show above are two masala dabas (spice containers) each filled with colorful, fresh spices used for our first cooking class at the charming Saffron Palate in Delhi–a charming rooftop kitchen overlooking bustling Delhi.

Aliza in Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, 2/25/16

Here’s a link to an article about my long and varied culinary career, Dinner Party series at Material Culture, and my newest book, The Magic of Spice Blends: Palate Pioneer. Lots of opinions and stories here!

Aliza on WMCN with Dawn Stensland and Making Artisan Pasta

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I had the pleasure of appearing on WMCN with Dawn Stensland to promote Making Artisan Pasta. See the video for a chance to see some of the brightly colored veggie pastas I love to make, including parsley, spinach, asparagus, beet, red pepper, and even chocolate pasta. I serve it for dessert with a sauce of crushed cocoa nibs, toasted hazelnuts, brown butter, a little brandy and honey. I top the pasta with grated “cheese”–actually white chocolate.

Any questions about fresh pasta, please send them to me on the Ask Aliza Tab and I’ll be sure to answer.

Happy Pasta Making!

 

 

Aliza Makes Artisan Pasta on ABC Television Philadelphia

Click on this link Making Artisan Pasta at Fante’s to see me preparing fresh pasta at Fante’s Kitchenware in the Ninth Street Italian Market, Philadelphia. Please send me your comments and pasta questions by clicking on the Ask Aliza tab on my website.

 

Calling All Foodies: Fight the Chains and Win one of Aliza Green’s cookbooks

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“FIGHT THE CHAINS!” FUNDRAISING DRIVE

SUPPORTS INDEPENDENT FOOD & DRINK BUSINESSES

 (Portland, Oregon, USA  25 February 2012) – Today FoodTrekker.com announced the launch of “Fight the Chains!”  – calling all foodies to support a crowdsourced fundraising drive to develop key technology tools in support of its effort to preserve and promote culinary cultures, food and drink businesses, culinarian people and groups, and foodie destinations. “Nobody we know wants to be eating and drinking the same global burgers and coffees for the rest of their lives. We must fight back and support independent businesses.” says Erik Wolf, Founder and CEO of the International Culinary tourism Association and FoodTrekker.com. Interested parties can support the campaign directly at www.indiegogo.com/foodtrekker.

THE GOAL

Funds raised from this campaign will help build key technology tools like FoodTrekker’s Tasting Team module, which enables its Tasting Team – independent food/drink journalists and chefs like Aliza Green and Harry Pagancoss (two of FoodTrekker’s advisors) – to maintain an online portfolio, write about food & drink businesses, connect with their audiences, and showcase their original food/drink editorial, photo and video content in multiple languages.  This is just one of the ways FoodTrekker helps support independent food and drink businesses.

 

WHY CHAINS ACTUALLY HURT LOCAL ECONOMIES

Multinational chains swallow customers from independent food and drink businesses.  Since 2008, according to leading market research firm The NPD Group, a shocking 87% of restaurant industry traffic lost has been at independent restaurants. In other words, people are eating more at chains, and less at independent food and drink establishments.  “The independents don’t have the same deep pockets as the chains. It’s harder for us to survive,” says Tommy Klauber, a serial entrepreneur and owner of Pattigeorge’s Restaurant, Polo Grill & Bar and other independent foodservice businesses in Florida. Chains tend to export profits to corporate headquarters, leaving a smaller local economic impact than residents realize.

CELEBRITY CHEFS & AUTHORS FURNISH REWARDS

Campaign donors can choose cool rewards like cookbooks by James Beard-award winning author Aliza Green or celebrity chef & Association spokesperson Harry Pagancoss; a customized culinary tour in the US city of your choice; or even a personal celebrity chef cooking lesson in Portland, Oregon –home to the hottest culinary scene in the USA.

ABOUT FOODTREKKER

FoodTrekker.com is new kind of sales and marketing platform for all kinds of independent food and drink businesses and people. It covers a lot more than just restaurants – think the long tail of the food industry, including cooking schools, wineries & breweries, small food producers, farms & farmers’ markets, culinary magazines, chefs, food writers and much more. Big chains are banned. Unique to the site is proprietary matchmaking technology, which pairs foodies perfectly to the kinds of culinary experiences they’ll truly love. FoodTrekker just soft launched in its hometown of Portland, Oregon, with more cities and features coming soon.

WHY CROWDSOURCING WORKS

Crowdsourcing projects are a new way for new projects to raise the money they need to grow. Crowdsourced projects are all the rage now – with some garnering over US$1 million in a single campaign. Crowdsourcing works because it is funded by billions of raving fans,

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Erik Wolf, CEO and Founder, erik@foodtrekker.com, (+1) 503-213-3700

@foodtrekker Facebook.com/Foodtrekker Youtube.com/FoodietheFox

About International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA) and FoodTrekker The ICTA is the world’s leading authority on culinary travel, with 16,000 members in 120 countries. The Association offers education and product development solutions to the world’s food and travel industries. FoodTrekker is a consumer-facing site that focuses on the preservation and promotion of the world’s culinary cultures.  Visit www.culinarytourism.org and www.foodtrekker.com for more information.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia A One-Day Culinary Symposium, June 11

 

Cuisine, Culture and Community:

A dynamic one-day educational event highlighting local food, wine, and spirits in the Delaware Valley, open to everyone who wants to learn more from an array of lively experts.

Date:                Saturday, June 11, 2011, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Location:                 The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College  
4207 Walnut St., Phila., 19104;  www.walnuthillcollege.edu

Cost:              Registration $85, includes breakfast, lunch and dessert provided by Dame restaurateurs and caterers, choice of four sessions, and reception    (limited to 100 attendees)

Contact:         Chapter President Aliza Green:  cranberrybean@comcast.net

Registration:  Download registration brochure at www.lesdamesphiladelphia.com. Pay with Paypal, credit card, or check

This unique event features workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, hands-on classes and tastings. Highlights include: keynote talk by Judy Wicks, international leader in the local living economies movement; talk by William Woys Weaver (Culinary Ephemera); cooking class with renowned chef/restaurateur Susanna Foo; and talk and tasting by Stephen Fried (Appetite for America.

  • Meet farmers, bakers, chefs, and artisan food producers. Taste international and local sheep’s milk cheeses, locally-distilled spirits, baked goods made by Dame Pastry Chefs and Bakers, local meats including Linda Geren (HighView Farm), and Michel Cluizel’s bean-to-bar chocolate.
  • Participate in panel discussions about food writing for print and electronic media. Learn how to get your artisanal food product to market in a valuable special double-session workshop.
  • Explore African-American culinary history with Toni Martin (A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine). Learn how local chefs keep their seafood sustainable and best ways of working with local meats in a panel led by local food systems activist Marilyn Anthony.
  • Discover kitchen secrets of top culinarians like Cici Williamson (The Best of Virginia Farms), Rozanne Gold (Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease), and Ellie Krieger (So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week).
  • Cook Bangkok street snacks with Moon Krapugthong (Chabaa Thai Bistro, Turkish regional food with Sheilah Kaufman (The Turkish Cookbook), and bread made from local wheat from Pete’s Produce Farm with Chef John Gallagher (The Restaurant School) in these hands-on classes.
  • Chat with cookbook authors like Lari Robling (Endangered Recipes), Aliza Green (The Fishmonger’s Apprentice), Tara Desmond (Almost Meatless), Jennifer Linder McGlinn (Gingerbread), and Andy Schloss (Mastering the Grill). Buy personalized signed books. Bring home a special goodie bag.  

Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a worldwide, invitation-only, philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality in 28 chapters across the United States, Canada and Europe.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and contributions are tax-deductible according to US tax law. For more information, visit www.lesdamesphiladelphia.com.

Aliza’s New Book, The Fishmonger’s Apprentice, Featured on WHYY Television’s Friday Arts Show

Art of Food, produced by Monica Rogozinski Segment:  The Fishmonger’s Apprentice

Have you ever wondered how the pros learn to take a fish from the boat to the table?  Aliza Green studied with the masters to write her new book, “The Fishmonger’s Apprentice” to be published in January 2011 by Quarry Books. She will go inside Samuel D’Angelo’s Samuels and Son Seafood Company to learn how to clean and prepare a variety of seafood species. During the program, Green will demonstrate how to purchase and prepare the lesser-known species of fish.  Joe Lasprogata, Samuel’s director of purchasing and a marine biologist, will take you on a tour of their new state-of-the-art facility and discuss the wholesaler’s investment in the future of fisheries, oceans and waterways.  According to Green, Lasprogata and D’Angelo sustainability requires a commitment from both the suppliers and the consumers.  Knowledge is the key.

 Friday Arts, a 30-minute monthly arts, culture and entertainment magazine with a strong online component, will spotlight Greater Philadelphia’s arts on WHYY-TV at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

 “Friday Arts gives us the opportunity to cast a light on some of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets in the arts,” said Trudi Brown, executive producer. “We’re looking at paying appropriate homage to the established arts in our region, but most important, we want to bring to our audiences arts, culture and entertainment stories that are off the beaten path. This region is bustling with a vibrant and sometimes even quirky art scene in the visual and performing arts. Our challenge is to present the best stories in the most artistic way possible.”

 Friday Arts features three segments — “Art”, “Art of Life” and “Art of Food” — and a rotation of Creative Campus and Experience video segments. WHYY produces all five segments.

 “Art” features local visual performing artists along with pieces on museum and gallery exhibits. “Art of Life” profiles everyday people accomplishing extraordinary social goals through art. “Art of Food” highlights innovative local food entrepreneurs who are environmentally conscious about food preparation and consumption.

 Friday Arts is broadcast on WHYY-TV the first Friday of each month at 8:30 p.m. Each episode is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 11:30 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on WHYY-TV. Each episode of the program is also rebroadcast on WHYY’s Y Arts channel the following Monday at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10:30 p.m. Episodes may also be viewed at WHYY.org/video. Additionally, regularly updated complementary and supplementary content to the program are available at WHYY.org/fridayarts.

Pierre Wolfe interviews Aliza on America’s Dining and Travel Guide

Pierre Wolfe Sipping Wine and Talking Food

Pierre Wolfe, host of the nationally syndicated show, America’s Dining and Travel Guide for more than twenty years, interviewed me about my international baking book, Starting with Ingredients: Baking and my exciting upcoming small group Culinary Tour of Chios, Greece, Aegean Turkey and Istanbul. (Note new dates, May 25th to June 9th 2011). Wolfe shares with listeners his choices for the best lodging, finest dining, and most exciting tourist sites in the country–and around the world. Authors, chefs, travel planners, hotel concierges, and cruise directors are among the guests on the show.

I was honored to be a guest on this popular show and happy to talk about some of the stories behind the making of the book and my extensive travels to gather the recipes. This big fat book is organized by ingredient. Each chapter covers background, history, and culture along with more than 350 international recipes from Apples to Alcohol and Walnuts to Wheat.

If you’re looking to expand your repertoire beyond chocolate chip cookies and brownies, this book is crammed with exciting recipes for savory and sweet baked goods. Mr. Wolfe, a native of Alsace, France was especially taken by some of the Alsatian specialties like Black Kugelhopf and Alsatian Plum Muerbeteig. Some of my personal favorites are Torta Sbrisolona alla Lombarda (Lombardian Crumbly Cake), Spanish Orange and Olive Oil Cake, Lor Kurabiyesi (Turkish Ricotta Cheese Cookies Scented with Mastic), Brazil Nut Cake with Espresso, Spanish Tuna Empanadas with Sofrito, and Sardinian Potato Torta with Sheep’s Milk Cheese and Mint.

Listen to the Interview with Pierre Wolfe on America’s Dining and Travel Guide