Posts in Food Politics
THE NEXT (R)EVOLUTION

Upon opening Maison May 5 months ago & I decided to remove tipping from both of my establishments.
I know this is the right decision and yet it has been anything but easy so far.
Like a few major decisions I have made before, as I came to the realization of what is fair & needs to happen, now there is no turning back.
Here is, in essence, what led me to take such a giant step. 
I have no perspective on this decision yet, neither do I have tangible results.  
I am here to show the process & to enjoy the ride.

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Blueberries & Sardines

A summer in the 1980's: I am 10 years old. 
My feet are dunked in the sand, my gaze on the horizon of the placid Gulf of Saint-Tropez.  All over my fingers & my face is the smell of freshly grilled sardines, which I just devoured. I am happy: with each I got closer to the sea, merging with all elements surrounding me.
Summer 2015: Upstate NY with my boys. 
Theo is covered in blueberry juice & Lucas has an impressive cream-on-top-milk-mustache. As I watch my sons, I am transported back to the beach of my childhood, grasping all at once how food not only connects people to each other, but to a place, a precise geographic pocket of where it comes from, in a very visceral way.

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On Building Community

On a gorgeous spring evening last week, a dozen people gathered on the patio at ICI (now Maison May)
for the May edition of our community dinner series. 
Each month a handful of neighbors, customers 
& friends of friends join us for this special dinner. 
There is no agenda and the theme is very subtle each time. 
But the purpose is strong: by gathering around a table 
& sharing food, I aim to feed everyone's soul  & build a community.

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Cook, Connect, Build & Restore

Eating local food in Brooklyn certainly constitutes something quite different than what I was doing growing up in Provence, where all senses were easily activated in a rush of colors, smells, tastes.
However, in navigating the NYC landscape for the past 2 decades and learning how to source local food here, I managed to find a similar kaleidoscope of senses, and, more importantly, realize the impact on our community.
And along the way I developed a strategy to feed my family in a conscious yet efficient way & cook, connect, build & restore.

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