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February 24, 2012

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On a recent trip to visit a number of our independent schools in Louisville, KY, a couple of my colleagues and I stumbled upon the fantastic Hillbilly Tea.

It all began at our district meeting at The Green Building.  On a tour of the LEED platinum certified facility, where we learned about interesting practices like utilizing used denim for insulation, we found the “Original Makers” guide to Louisville.

The guide is produced by the Original Makers Club, which is dedicated to bringing the public content that illustrates, documents and archives the culture of a chosen city and promotes the local makers movement.  (As a resident New Yorker, I was particularly excited that an Original Makers Brooklyn now exists.)  What better way to choose where to eat and become more familiar with the authentic local food culture than to refer to our Original Makers guide?

Enter the next morning and breakfast at Hillbilly Tea,  an “Appalachian themed ‘Tea Café,...

July 27, 2011

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For me, traveling is the key to diversity.  There is no better way to understand other cultures than to walk amongst people in their own cities, towns and villages in their native countries–and of course, to eat their food. Food is an international language, a common denominator between people.  To eat local, traditional food is an experience that attacks all of your senses — and for me is a privilege to be able to experience.This summer I had an opportunity to visit four countries in Europe; France, Spain, Italy and England, mostly via a cruise.  The first destination was Paris.  We stayed right near the Champs-Elysees and had the opportunity to eat in a small bistro just off the boulevard that we ate in several years ago on visit.  This restaurant surely lives up to the motto of “farm to fork.”  I had a small cut of sirloin and it was very tender, almost velvet in texture, with a sweetness to it that must be tied to the grass that is fed to the cows....

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