Food Day 2012

Some of us recently celebrated national taco day and pierogi day among the daily growing number of food holidays, but next week will be different. Organizations, restaurants, and chefs have joined together in an effort to celebrate and inform communities about healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) organized Food Day last year as an annual event that addresses issues of health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker injustice…

…continue reading to find out what restaurants are participating nationwide at the Urbanspoon blog.

No El Paso restaurants are participating this year, but the Dorris Van Doren Library is hosting a special event in collaboration with the Vegetarian Society of El Paso on Thursday, October 25. This is during the usual Teen Hangout program, but all ages will be welcome. At 4:30 pm, there will be a sampling of quick, easy, and healthy snack ideas. At 5:30 pm the documentary Vegucated will be screened. Vegucated is part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy that follows 3 meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks. The movie is 1 hour and 17 minutes.

If you can’t make it, stop in the library during the week to view a Food Day display, which will consist of books from the reading list that will be available for check out. Information from various local organizations such as the El Paso Master Gardeners, Mountain View Market, the Vegetarian Society, and more will also be available to take home.

You can also celebrate at home by hosting a dinner party for family, friends, and neighbors. Download the Food Day Dinner Party Kit here for recipes, pumpkin stencils, and place cards.



  1. Mercado Mayapan regularly hold sustainable food workshops and if you’d like to organize an event of your own, I have the contact information for a chef who gladly does these sorts of events. He also provides recipe cards at his events.

    • I love all the stuff Mercado Mayapan is doing. I still haven’t been to their farmers’ market. That would be great if you could pass that chef’s info along. I’ll see if the Vegetarian Society wants to collaborate with him.

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