Publisher’s Letter: Winter 2015
By Jamie Lamonde | Photo By Jim Klousia 0
Embrace the Dark
Sometimes things work out the way that we want. Sometimes they don't.
Then there are the spaces in between it all and how we choose to fill them.
And that is art. The art of living.
Like any art, it may not unfold as planned or expected or wanted.
But it’s still art, and there is beauty to that.
What does this have to do with the pages you are holding? A lot. What is most rewarding about creating Edible Madison for you each season is getting the opportunity to explore the spaces in between—the people taking action and risks to propel the food movement forward. They might think that we merely catch them doing what they do, what they might consider normal or the given. But what we really catch are moments of change in the making, fairness, true generosity, creativity, joyfulness, friendship, familyship, and all the other good stuff that matters the very most in life.
For example, we catch a restaurateur using his ad space to honor a small boy diagnosed with cancer. Or college students volunteering every single week to nourish each other and their community with real food (p. 34). Or food magicians transforming garlic into one of the most insanely delicious flavor experiences ever (p. 24). Or one of our columnists completely geeking out about potatoes to help us understand how our food system got to be the way it is today (p. 18). Or a beer writer lavishing in the history and flavor of porter to simply inspire us to enjoy some local brews this winter (p. 30).
And speaking of wintertime, with this issue we are embracing the dark. Here within, we celebrate some dark foods and drinks, we shine a bit of light on a darker slice of food history, and we celebrate one of the best activities of winter: family dinner! There is even a quote from the dark side in here somewhere.
We here at Edible Madison wish you winter months filled with quiet moments, time spent outdoors, good cheer and many meals with those whom you love the most.
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Jamie has worked in the organic and sustainable lifestyle industry for more than a decade. She is a communications professional with a deep commitment to nurturing positive social change through values-driven, education-based public outreach. Through her work, she is committed to building bridges between family farmers and citizen-partners to change the food system for the better.
Jamie graduated from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, with a B.A. in English Literature. She lives in the beautiful Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin and continues to be inspired, and inspire others, through the organic and local food and farming movement.