Ignite Food: From Homemade Bacon to Home-Brewed Beer, and Justin Beckett's Eat-A-Thon

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There was a call to action by Chef Charleen Badman, now known as Lunch Lady Badman, whose first slide of Frito pie initiated us to her personal struggle with unhealthy food habits -- a chef who nurtured others through food while neglecting her own health. Badman called out for chef volunteers to help her infiltrate school cafeterias and change kids' attitudes and appetites for healthy food choices, as she has her own.

Another recruiter, Dominic Armato, wants you to sign up for his Food Nerd Army, "an army of people interested in a killer plate of food" to help discover and promote the small independent restaurant operators that often fall below the media radar.

Chris Petroff
and his family of pint- sized gardeners are "Herbanizing" Phoenix one backyard garden at a time. Petroff turned on our olfactory memories as he waxed poetic on the smell of the earth first thing in the morning. Cowboy hat clad Paul Schwennesen leaped further than the backyard garden, coming back to the land and promoting life on a farm.

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Carol Blonder