HandPicked People: Anne Levay-Krause

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As we've built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

Anne Levay-Krause puts her real food know-how to great use in her home of Buffalo, New York. She's the founder of SOLE of Buffalo, a burgeoning food movement that connects the people of western NY state with seasonal, organic, local and ethical food resources and information. Anne also leads several cooking, baking and gardening classes in her community. 

Anne has brought her commitment to real food and education to HandPicked Nation, and we couldn't be happier. Her recipes for rye bread and green tomato pickles are equal parts health, history and cooking lesson.

Thanks, Anne, for all that you do!

Name: Anne Levay-Krause

Occupation: Writer, Photographer, Chef, Teacher & Mother

Describe what you do in ten words or less. I create opportunity, inspiration, and beauty in the world.

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food is grown, dished, and eaten with deliberateness using healthy and sustainably raised plants and animals; helping to build community, celebrate our diverse cultures and revel in the bounty found regionally.

What is your first food memory? When I was four years old I snuck out to the living room, in the middle of the night, to where the tea set, including the fancy sugar cubes were kept. I believed I was being so sneaky quiet that I could dip into the sugar and no one would be the wiser. They found me under the side board with my cheeks chipmunk-full of cubes. I am never able to resist palming a sugar cube whenever I see them.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? Candied ginger.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Rice, garlic, Coleman's mustard, olive oil, potatoes.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Never talk on the phone while cooking.

What's going to be your next meal? Poor Man's Dinner.

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