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Chef Joey’s Meatless Cacciatore – always in style! … and Plant Sale/Garden Fest Saturday!

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Meatless Cacciatore

Recipe and photos by Chef Joey


4 (or 5!) cloves of garlic

2 large onions, chopped

2 red peppers, chopped

2 green peppers, chopped

1 large can Pastine kitchen-ready tomatoes

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans


Saute garlic in 5 tablespoons of oil.

Add onions and coat well.

Then add 1/2 cup water.

Simmer until soft and water starts to evaporate. Add the peppers and tomato sauce.

Simmer 45 minutes on a lower heat, stirring often.

Add garbanzo beans, and serve over your favorite pasta!


Buy some kid plants at REC’s YOUTHGROW Plant Sale and Garden Festival!!! This Saturday!

Tips on growing veggies … for your Chef Joey recipes!

This Saturday, May 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Regional Environmental Council (REC) will kick off the growing season by hosting their annual Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale. 

The event will be held at the REC YouthGROW farm on 63 Oread St.

This year, the REC Food Justice staff are partnering with Holy Cross College, WPI and You Inc. to grow a wide assortment of vegetable seedlings.

There will be more than 30 different types of vegetable, fruit and succulent seedlings for sale!

The festival portion will include:

live performances!


a fun assortment of children’s activities!

Libby the Library Express Bookmobile will team up with the REC Mobile Market to provide lots of hands on learning opportunities for both children and adults!


Volunteer to work the Spring Garden Festival!

We can’t do it without you!

Please join us the day of our annual Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale, Saturday, May 21, to assist with set up and breakdown, as well as specific tasks throughout the day.

The event will be held at 63 Oread St.

Set up: 7:00-11:00

During/Breakdown: 11:00-3:00

We are looking for up to 20 event volunteers.

Email Casey at foodjustice@recworcester.org

Check out our website at www.recworcester.org for more information

Some great Worcester events to enjoy this spring!

editor’s note: Check out “The Big Read” at the Worcester Public Library and REC’s cool spring programs – some for Earth Day – others just for any day!

Worcester joins the “The Big Read”

By Worcester School Committee member John Monfredo

A great event will take place at the Worcester Public Library during the month of April and it merits the support of everyone in our community. It’s a kind of national month-long celebration of reading called “The Big Read.”

The Big Read is an initiative of the N.E.A. (National Endowment for the Arts) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. It brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read’s aim is to address this issue by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and to discuss a single book within their communities
Worcester is one of 400 communities participating in the Big Read and Umass Memorial Health is the lead organization for it in this area. They have partnered with the Worcester Public Library and with Worcester: The City that Reads. This year the book picked by local youth groups in Worcester is the works of the nineteenth century gothic writer, Edgar Allan Poe.

Throughout April, Worcester will be reading the short stories and poems of the master of the macabre. We are encouraging schools in the Worcester County area to participate Continue reading Some great Worcester events to enjoy this spring!