James Cramer knows what it’s like be to a hungry kid in need of a summer meal when school’s closed. He wants fewer kids to have to face that reality. So he went around New Haven Saturday letting families know where their kids can find those meals this summer.
Paula Konareski likes to make her walls beautiful with art for her customers. And only once, years ago, did she exercise a little censorship: when the photos on the wall displayed drains clogged with food scraps and gobs of discarded coffee grounds.
You can’t really blame her.
The walls in question are at Cafe George by Paula. It’s an eatery beloved and well patronized, and a bit of a hidden treasure at 300 George St.
For 14 years Konareski, as owner and eclectic curator, has offered the space free of charge to budding and accomplished artists to display their work during the busy breakfast and lunch times, and reap 100 percent of the profits from sales.
It was perfect weather early Wednesday evening for 32 bicyclists, of all ages, backgrounds, and experience, to hit the streets. After gathering at the New Haven Green, they set out to explore the city on the New Haven Picnic Basket ride — in search of local food.
As Laura Burrone, one of main guides responsible for the tour reviewed the rules of the road, riders saddled up like a troop of comrades.
The latest broadcasts on WNHH radio debate the efficacy of bike helmets and lycra cycling clothes, reminisce about the city’s now-dwindling jazz scene, explore food insecurity and mental health, and describe how to “upcycle” old clothes.
Growing up in northern China’s Liaoning Province, Yong Zhao learned early to love food that shared its traditions — and geographic borders — with North Korea: garlic and scallions, chili peppers, heavy meat, and a lot of what he describes as “umami taste.”
But when he traveled to New Haven for school, it was science, and not cuisine, that weighed most heavily on his mind.
The latest episodes on our radio station get into the nitty gritty of New Haven’s culinary scene, jump into the collision between cuisine and canvas, probe Yale-New Haven relations, and pose the question: Was the cotton gin really so great after all?