Joan Squeri

HCC Consulting , Cambridge MA
For the first few decades of my life, curiosity about food served as a vehicle to enter world cultures and as a way to explore flavors and textures of food itself. Over the last several years my explorations have grown with increasing intensity to focus on the ways that we humans have chosen to...
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December 9, 2014 - 1:02pm Community Organizer and City Councillor Nadeem Mazen goes into the street to hear what the organizers of Friday's political protests have to say. read more
December 8, 2014 - 5:57pm (Video Courtesy of Nadeem Mazen ) Area university students mobilized protests in Davis Square, Harvard Square, Inman Square, Central and Kendell Squares Friday night. Cambridge Police, State Police and Transit Police are touted by protesters and observers of the demonstrations for handling public safety with respect and grace. read more
July 8, 2014 - 2:16pm Public viewings of the final four World Cup Games The City of Cambridge and Forest City are hosting free outdoor watch parties at University Park Common, Sidney Street (behind the fire station on Mass Ave.) in Central Square for the last four games of the 2014 World Cup. These family friendly events will be held on: •Tuesday, July 8: Semifinals -- 4 pm Kickoff •Wednesday, July 9: Semifinals -- 4 pm Kickoff •Saturday, July 12: Third Place Game -- 4 pm Kickoff •Sunday, July 13: Final Game -- 3 pm Kickoff Games will be broadcast on a 9 by12 foot viewing screen. University Park Common is accessible from the Central Square Redline stop and MBTA buses. Note: These are alcohol free events read more
July 7, 2014 - 6:37pm Hoops N Health, an annual health fair sponsored by the Cambridge Health Alliance, combines health information and health screenings with a competitive sporting component: basketball for men of all ages. Now in it’s twenty first year, Hoops N Health has become for some Cambridge residents, 'a way out of no way‘ towards accessing both health information and healthcare. What does Hoops N' Health look like? Well, besides the men of young and not-so-young ages playing basketball, you’ll also see lots of families who come out to support their B-Ball playing brothers, sons, dads, uncles, nephews and cousins. As the asphalt ball courts heat up with rounds of increasingly competitive play, the grassy parts of Hoyt Field become a kind of huge community living room, with plenty of health information stations and supervised games for kids to play. Kids are getting their faces painted and chasing after bean bags and ring toss, while the more senior women might visit the information booths and gather over plates of rice n' beans, greens and chicken. Younger women stroll the courts decked out in their ephemeral summer finery, checking out the basketball – as well as the basketball players.... read more
June 30, 2014 - 11:54am In this segment of Be Live! Albert and I chat about Byron Hurt’s film, Soul Food Junkies, and discuss how we might use this and other films, to spark a series of self exploratory conversations around health awareness. (Skip to about 3 min 12 seconds to skip over filler announcements, and go straight to our conversation.) read more
June 16, 2014 - 3:22pm CCTV Monday, June 17 I know, I know. ….It’s been a while since my last post. That will change tomorrow when I GO LIVE live, on air, on 'BE LIVE' at CCTV Television at 5PM. Yes, that’s Tuesday June 17 at 5PM, so by all means, tune the hell in. I’ll be talking about food and health with Albert Pless of the Men’s Health League of the Cambridge Health Alliance. We’re going to look at three movie trailers. Soul Food Junkies: What are the myths and truths behind the origins of soul food? FRESH. the movie Inspires and informs Fed Up ( now in Theaters) How Big Food is profiting from Chronic Disease We’ll be exploring how these movies might be used as starting points for much deeper conversations around how communities access and think about food, and how such conversations can positively affect our health. --I can't wait! See you then read more
December 27, 2013 - 7:23pm Works by the following artists are included in the show: Peter Arvidson, Shauna Beckstein, Allyson Block, Molly Blumberg, Tara Calabrese, Monica Chiang, Albert Chmelar, Byron Conn, Lauren Cotton, Stacey Cushner, Steven Duede, Kristina Falotico, Aron Fischer, Sharon Freed, Geoffrey Gavett, Dena Haden, Alexandra Jordankova, Nasser K, Marjorie Kaye, Mario Kiran, Mike Lash, Adam Leestma, Philippe Lejeune, Ted Lilley, Bachrun LoMele, Emily Manning-Mingle, Rob Millard Mendez, Naoko Morisawa, James Neuhalfen, Dan Paret, David Quinn, Armando Ramos, Jen Reich, Marianne Romanidis, Elaine Sapochetti, Ian Shelly, Kirsten Rae Simonsen, Michael Bill Smith, C.A. Stigliano, Alana Tashjian, Kyle Thorne, Aaron Treher, Jan Unkelbach, and Antoinette Winters. read more
December 27, 2013 - 6:12pm It was well past dark last week when we came across the art gallery on the corner of Pearl and Putnam Streets, blazing with light and color from within. My film editor Alan Verly and I had just finished shooting stills and video at the Cambridgeport Baptist Church for two upcoming Neighbor Media projects. We were beyond tired and anxious to get home but the welcome light, the warmth of wooden shapes, and the sheer flamboyance of color against the cold and darkness outside was just too good to ignore. Seconds inside the door, a warm sense of sensory wellness washed over us. ‘Wood’ at Gallery 263 is curated by Danforth Museum of Art Excecutive Director Katherine French. It is an outstanding exhibition of wood cuts, wood art and furniture, wood as fetish object, wood as a seductive natural element of striking beauty worthy of photographing; wood as a substrate for layering other materials on top of, wood as sculpture and as wood as building material. According the Gallery 263 website. French has “curated numerous exhibitions focused on historical and contemporary expressionism. In 2007 she received an... read more
September 3, 2013 - 8:13pm First in a Series on Hunger and Health in CambridgeFresh Pond Apartments Cambridge, MA Saint James Episcopal Church 1991 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 See: Cambridge Food Pantry Study Being out in the warmth of a spring breeze is a just little bit unusual for the folks who run the Helping Hands Food Pantry. The pantry staff are more used to the usual routine: moving boxes, stocking shelves and managing volunteers in a ground level space of the Fresh Pond apartments, where the Helping Hands Food Pantry is located. This spring, sponsors and staff of the Helping Hands Food Pantry got a chance to socialize with families they serve at an outdoor food festival, and a chance to experience the communal aspects of food and community in a more lighthearted way. It was a pleasure to witness. Each month throughout the year, Helping Hands serves an astounding number of people: between 300 to 400 families with food supplies and referral services. Operating three days a week the food pantry budget stretches to serve about 30-32 people a day: a great accomplishment, but between 8-15 people may have to be turned away each of those days because there is not enough food to go around. It's worth... read more
April 17, 2013 - 6:11pm It sounded like a clap of thunder as I passed the MIT Dome on Mass Ave, but no one around me seemed even to register the noise. I checked my surroundings: the sun was shining, people were enjoying a walk in the cool, sunny spring weather, so I relaxed. I was my way to the Marathon to meet my friends, one of whom --thanks to smart phone tracking devices-- I knew had crossed the finish line more than an hour ago. I was almost to the edge of the MIT campus when a woman pushing a baby carriage coming towards those of us walking towards Boston said , "Have you heard the news? Do you know what happened?" A couple of strangers walking along with me and I, shook our heads in unison. "A bomb of some kind has exploded. Don't go over there." I heard someone next to me say, "Thank you." Registering that incongruous verbal exchange--being thanked by a stranger for being warned away from a place where an explosion has just taken place - the second sign that the bucolic spring day about to change in a profound way. I hesitated for a moment, wondering what to do. I decided to continue to walk to as far as the edge of the MIT campus, posting myself like a sentry at the corner of the... read more
March 26, 2013 - 1:08pm --Joan Squeri The branches are still bare and the chill in the air most March nights is still positively unforgiving--but Thursday night, March 14--the annual Farm Share Fair had hundreds of folks thinking spring and warmly shaking hands with the people who will be producing their food this growing season. The whole idea of an event like Farm Share Fair is to introduce consumers directly to farmers, as well as a concept called Community Supported Agriculture-- a term for a seasonal subscription purchase of goods directly from a farm or ranch. C.S.A.s, as this form of direct sale opportunity has come to be known, have become an increasingly popular way to source food for many urban consumers. Its good from the farmer’s side of the economic equation,too. This alternative buying method is breathing strong new life into New England Agriculture. Founded in 2010 by Dave Madan, Executive Director of The MOVE, the Farm Share Fair sprang from a desire connect average citizens to the agricultural process and introduce the people who actually grow food to new consumers. Now in its third year, Farm Share Fair came from somewhat humbler surroundings... read more
March 18, 2013 - 3:38pm Movie Trailer - A Place at the Table: One Nation Underfed by Joan Squeri A Place at the Table is a portrait of hunger in America in 2013. Here’s the frightening thing: the portrait looks like many people you know. Forty seven million Americans --that's one in six people in the United Sates of America --currently relies on food stamps (now known as USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) to survive. Charities are straining to keep up with the growing numbers of people who have come to rely on food banks and pantries to make it through the month. The fact that there is no shortage of food in a nation of expanded waistlines, all-you can-eat-buffets and out-sized portions, surprises no one. What makes A Place at the Table so compelling is the light it shines on the close relationship that obesity and hunger have come to share. These days, hunger in America no longer resembles the hollow-cheeked families in The Grapes of Wrath, gaunt and emaciated. The undernourished poor of today often appear well fed, even heavy --or even morbidly obese. What’s more, they may even hold a job and a struggle to pay a mortgage. The reality is that they are no longer a tiny minority... read more
August 3, 2012 - 5:35pm Annual ‘Sweet Soul Supper’ Feeds the Work of Margaret Fuller House, Area Four and Beyond Transcendentalist, feminist and Cambridge citizen Sarah Margaret Fuller, (1810-1850) was born in the section of Cambridge that we know today by two names: the ‘Port’ if you grew up here and ‘Area Four’ if you are from other parts of Cambridge. Fuller would have been proud of the annual celebration honoring the work carried on at her historic birthplace; the celebration itself was a vivid example of community partners coming together to meet a host of social needs. ‘A Sweet Soul Supper’ is the Margaret Fuller House’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Even before development pressures around Area Four were being felt so acutely the event has been on the fast track to becoming an annual Cambridge ‘good will pilgrimage with a pedigree.’ The team at the Margaret Fuller House has been drawing a virtual ‘who’s who’ of Cambridge politicians and community relations folk to show up from biotech, banks and academia, for a chance to rub shoulders with Area Four/‘Port neighborhood residents and to show their support for the work of the Margaret Fuller House for a few years running now. If this year’s... read more
January 5, 2012 - 5:56pm Cambridge's first Winter Market is coming to the Cambridge Community Center to offer fresh fruits and vegetables and other local goodies all winter long! The market will run every Saturday starting January 7th until April 28th 2012. Market hours are from 10 am to 2 pm. read more
November 8, 2011 - 8:03pm Farmer's markets and Community Supported Agriculture (shares of farm goods delivered to consumers popularly known as "CSA's" ) are rapidly coming to occupy a greater place of importance in our food supply. Across the country, the percentage of people shopping in farmers' markets has gone up by double digits annually each year for the last decade. Farmer's Markets themselves are growing in size and the diversity of their offerings and CSA's are are following suit: becoming more sophisticated, offering more diverse products and choice in response to the rapidly customers desire for local food. It certainly no secret that restaurants want to buy what local farmers,fishermen, winemakers, cheese makers and craft beer brewers produce. Bold proclamations of the origin of products appear throughout menus- local food comes to embrace not only produce but meat, dairy, and scores of other products-- all locally produced. -- No longer are farmers markets limited to quaint, roadside gathering places for summer and fall's locally grown fruits and vegetables. In a market with a decent number of vendors, its now possible to find the majority of items that on would find in a typical... read more