Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.

    This Week on Heritage Radio Network: Hear Marion Nestle Speak at Last Week’s Occupy Against Big Food

    We’re sure you listen to every single episode of the two weekly Heritage Radio Network shows hosted by Edible Manhattan staffers. Both are produced by the amazing Jack Inslee (we like to call him Jack in the booth), who also hits the streets in rain sleet and last Saturday’s snow to report on behalf of the network. Here’s his reportage from the Occupy Against Big Food rally held at Zuccotti Park last weekend, where Marion Nestle and Anna Lappe spoke to the crowd.

    Watch as 224 People Eat Soup in Mid-Air, for Just $5

    In case you missed the most recent Edible segment on NY1 about the High Line’s Social Soup Experiment, a skyhigh, sustainably sourced picnic for 224 people, be sure to check out the online version of the clip. The event was put together by the High Line park to see what happens when dozens of New Yorkers from different backgrounds sit down together to share a meal — especially one that’s also historically appropriate: The High Line was originally used by trains transporting crops grown up river.

    Tomorrow at Zuccotti Park, Marion Nestle and Anna Lappe Speak at Occupy Against Big Food; Plus 5 Articles to Read Before You Go

    For those seeking a way to use Occupy Wall Street as a way to discuss much-needed shifts in public food policy, be sure to head to the entrance of Zuccotti Park at 140 Broadway tomorrow at 1 p.m. for “Occupy Against Big Food.” With help from Food Democracy Now, local food activists are organizing a series of speakers that will include some serious heavy hitters in food policy and reform.

    The Fungus Among Us: The City Room’s Mushroom Photo ID Series

    Foragers and fans of Central Park know wet fall weather has led to a bumper crop of mushrooms, so much so that the New York Times City Room asked readers to send in photos of their finds. They tapped mycologist and Manhattanite Gary Lincoff–he’s the author of the Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Mushrooms–to ID them, and the 19 photos from his first fascinating report are now up online.

    Don’t Forget, It’s the First-Ever Food Day

    What’s Food Day, you ask? Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it’s a little like Earth Day, except the end game is six goals that center on increasing access to healthy, fresh food for those of all ages and backgrounds; supporting sustainable agriculture; and ending diet and nutrition-related illnesses through policy change and public awareness.

    Party Tips from Today’s Highline Social Soup Experiment

    We’ll tell you more about the event–which was in part a social experiment about sharing meals as well as a way to promote Slow Food’s $5 Challenge–on our forthcoming NY1 segment on the soupy shindig this Friday. But we wanted to pass along a party tip we learned from Mary Cleaver, the foward-thinking sustainable caterer who runs a restaurant both on and below the elevated city park.