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David Vargas

Chef / Owner, Vida Tortilla / Vida Cantina in Kittery, Maine

Vida Tortilla - Local Heirloom Corn Tortillas

PRESENTED ON FEB 15, 2018
IN PORTSMOUTH NH @ VOL 32

David Vargas brings his Mexican heritage and appreciation for local seasonal New England product to every plate at Vida Cantina in Portsmouth, NH, where he is chef and owner.

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Tortillas Filled to the Brim

BY MANDO RAYO
@ VOL 18 ON NOV 21, 2013

Mando Rayo peels away meaty layers on his side-project-turned-book involving the culture, history, and delectable bliss that is the taco. Mando, along with his 'Taco Mafia' of tortilla-enthralled devotees, goes about the city in search of the best hard shells and soft shells out there. Check out his book: Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day

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A Local Food Project

BY ALEX DAVIES
@ VOL 18 ON MAR 27, 2014

"Understanding what grows under your nose is liberating, exciting, and educational." 

In A Local Food Project from PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 18, Local chef, Alex Davies shares how he uses produce foraged and sourced from only the Canterbury region. Since working with seasonal foods, his menu changes daily depending on what he has each day. He develops relationships with his growers and can always tell you the story of where your food came from that day. He now operates an open kitchen at a local cafe and wine bar called Shop Eight.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 18th, 2017. 

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The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts

BY ELIZABETH ELLIOTT
@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Elizabeth "Libs" Elliott merges old craft and modern art forms to create beautiful quilts with a technological twist. Using the Processing visual programming language, Elizabeth generates random patterns for her quilts by altering code to play with colour palettes, geometric shapes, and other variables. She draws out each pattern by hand and then sews them onto quilts. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 16, 2014.

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Crowdfund Georgia: Love Local? Invest Local!

BY JEFFREY BEKIARES
@ VOL 22 ON MAY 18, 2014

As partners in SparkMarketJeffrey Bekiares and Megan Johnson explain how they connect local investors with local businesses here in Georgia. Their succesful startup has helped fund many other local businesses in the community.

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Our food source - local or industrial

BY AARON BROCKEN
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 20, 2015

We are what we eat...

In our business we work with local farmers from the Hawkesbury area and if possible, with local organic fruit and vegetables. The products are sourced locally and are fair trade. 

We use as less package as we can, so we reuse everything, we don’t buy anything that is made outside of Australia and we recycle as much as we can, so that the product we deliver to you has low environmental impact, low food miles and a lot of character!

Aaron was born on an organic blueberry farm that we still get produce from on occasion. He spent a big part of his youth being dragged to the Richmond community garden (Earthcare) and around NSW with his dad certifying Organic farms. As soon as he was 18 he hit the road for 7 years and visited over 60 countries on 4 different continents. He is now back and dedicated to providing a framework for a local food system to work.

http://hawkesburyharvesthampers.com

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Bee Local

BY DAMIAN MAGISTA
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 22, 2015

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Heirloom Woodworking

BY JOEL DUBBELD
@ VOL 12 ON JUL 20, 2016

For Joel Dubbeld, working with wood is one the most delightful things to do - ever. To share his experiences with others is a great privilege.

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Tortillas

BY CHRIS CASTRO
@ VOL 5 ON OCT 12, 2016

A story of growing up in dual cultures in a 1st generation immigrant family, about the passing down of a family tradition of making homemade flour tortillas, and how it has repeatedly shown up in Chris Castro’s life.

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Local Nourishment

BY GRETCHEN BOYER
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 09, 2017

Gretchen Boyer works for a local non-profit in Montana's Flathead Valley where she connects the community to local farmers and food. At Farmhands Nourish the Falthead, she raises awareness about local growers and encourages the consumption of healthy, locally grown produce.