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Brooklyn, You’re Beautiful!

7 Jun

brooklyn3b4“This is my favorite part of the night during an event here,” said Tim, one of our gracious hosts from the 3B Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn. “A bunch of people, piled on the floor together talking and eating delicious food.”

Our two days in Brooklyn were beautiful. We spent our first night in the park outside the Old Stone House courtesy of Bicycle Utopia NYC and our second evening in a community space provided by the folks at 3B. We’re happy to say both went wonderfully, and we can’t thank our hosts, organizers and everyone who came out to share food and talk bikes enough!

We’ll have more highlights from the road soon! For now, here’s some quick photo highlights:

We’re headed to Hartford tonight and Boston tomorrow, hope to see you at the table!

We’ve Hit The Road!

2 Jun

mtownnj5Dinner and Bikes 2014 has officially begun! We had a great crowd last night for our opening date in Morristown, New Jersey at Marty’s Reliable Cycle, hosted by the wonderful people of the Morristown Chapter of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition. Chef Joshua served up some delightful dishes, including incredibly delicious sticky rice potatoes and curried bananas.

In addition to a fascinating discussion hosted by Elly, we were joined by NJBWC Executive Director Cyndi Steiner, who had some great announcements for bicycle enthusiasts in the area. Steiner talked about some of the massive improvements to the George Washington Bridge, including bicycle lanes, as well as a new safe passing bill for cyclists and pedestrians which is moving forward in the legislature.

We’d like to thank everyone who came out, the good people of Bike and Walk Morristown and Marty’s Reliable for a fantastic start to our tour!

We’re in Brooklyn for the next two nights and tickets for each event are still available! If we don’t see you in New York, we hope to see you somewhere along the road!

Working Our Way Through New York

13 May

Our host in Ann Arbor Jayanthi giving Josh and the evening's dinner a ride to Morgan and York.

Our host in Ann Arbor Jayanthi giving Josh and the evening’s dinner a ride to Morgan and York.

We’ve officially made it through our first leg of the tour. So far, every night has gone swimmingly. After a sold out show in Ann Arbor at Morgan and York, we spent our last night in Michigan at the Jam Handy, an old film house in Detroit currently being repurposed. A sold out crowd representing many local organizations spent the evening dining on a Mexican themed buffet from Josh and we’re happy to say we saw many people networking and building ideas for a more bike friendly Detroit. We then headed off to Cleveland for yet another sold out show at the Old Stone Church put on by Bike Cleveland. This was one of our largest events of the tour so far, and we had an amazing dinner style setup which allowed everyone to spread out and get to know each other better.

We dropped by the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op on Friday morning to give another presentation on bicycling economics and infrastructure and screen some of Joe’s Cycling Shorts. Our group had a lively discussion about how Clevelanders could better engage the city in creating a more bikeable and safer city. We took a little break in the evening for a book signing party at the Joy Machines Bike Shop, and are so grateful for the hospitality and fun we had in Ohio.

On Saturday, we brought our show to the Grant Street Neighborhood Community Center in Buffalo, thanks to the Massachusetts Avenue Project, GObike Buffalo & Burning Books. We had a very restful night off in Ithaca last night and are all set for our event at St Paul’s Church community dining room this evening. Tomorrow, we’re heading to Syracuse and Wednesday we’ll be in Schenectady. We hope to see you soon!

Midway Through Michigan

6 May

We’re midway through the Michigan leg of our tour and so far it’s been fantastic. After a great kick off at Velo City Cycles in Holland, we headed to Grand Rapids where the wonderful people of the Newberry Housing Co-Op hosted us for the evening. Josh served up a delicious choco lentil loaf with fried plantains and salsa fresca, a sesame cabbage salad, among many other tasty items. We had a fantastic discussion with the crowd on bicycling improvements happening in the city after the presentation. We’d like to give a special thank you to Josh and Amy for putting us up for the night.

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At the Newberry Co-Op

After parting ways with Grand Rapids we headed towards Traverse City, and we set up at The City Bike shop for an incredible sold out event. We all enjoyed some jack fruit spring rolls with avocado, lime and garlic mashed white bean potatoes and a pineapple chickpea stew. As the weather was lovely and we had a bit of down time, we were grateful to spend some time walking around and chatting with plenty of friendly folks downtown. Organizers Gary and Lee did a fantastic job of getting the word out about town to more than 70 people and our hosts Bob and Laura were wonderful and welcoming. Many thanks to everyone we’ve met and chatted with along the way.

We’re all set up this evening in East Lansing, where we’ll be having a raw dinner with ingredients provided by our hosts, the East Lansing Food Co-Op. Hopefully, we’ll see you in a few hours!

Touring through the tulips

4 May

Tour has begun!

Our kickoff event was at the super friendly Velo City bike shop in downtown Holland, Michigan. This weekend kicks off Tulip Time, which means a gorgeous flower display everywhere and a ton of foot traffic on main streets, including many people wearing full Dutch costume! It was quite a scene. The event was lots of fun. Our organizer, local bike advocate Meika Weiss, wasn’t sure how many people would be excited about the event, but it ended up selling out, with about 50 smiling people talking about bike routes and riding bikes with kids on Holland’s not always bike-friendly streets.

Aaron and others took some photos which you can see on the Facebook page for the event.

We’re off to Grand Rapids tonight (we have a total of six events here in Michigan!)—and onward from there. True to form, Elly is still scrambling to use every moment of Internet connection to organize a few more last minute dates—will something come together next week in Rochester? Sure looks like it. Can’t wait!

Hope to meet a lot of you along the way. Check out our schedule and come eat, talk bikes, and enjoy.

Nearly halfway there

23 Apr

Just a quick update from a wifi oasis in New Orleans. Here’s the three of us a few days ago at the farmer’s market in Baton Rouge. The photo was taken by Mark Martin, our host and the founder of the spirited and effective local bike advocacy organization, BRASS.

For more in-depth tour updates, check out Elly’s coverage at Taking the Lane.

Tour has begun!

29 Mar

Dinner and Bikes tour 2012 launched last night with a sold-out event in Oakland, put on by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. It was an absolute blast and a great way to kick off a month and a half of travel and events. Thanks, Bay Area!

We’ll be here for a few more days, scooting around on a borrowed Xtracycle, doing an event for teens in Mill Valley, meeting up with friends, and selling books to anarchists in Golden Gate Park. Then we hit the rails again. Joshua rejoins us next week in Kansas, where we will also be met by new, updated editions of two of his saucy and mind-boggling cookbooks. We’ll rent a car, pack it to the gills, and come visit the rest of you.

I’ll be taking photos and blogging the whole way at Taking the Lane — here’s the first post, about getting around the East Bay by cargo bike.

We’re mostly booked, but there are a few dates left to shore up! If you don’t see details after your city name on our route, get in touch and we’ll make something happen. If you live in one of the places we’re visiting and want to help spread the word, get in touch likewise! We’re excited to meet you!

Gearing up for Dinner and Bikes 2012

30 Dec

Well, we’re doing it again. Last September, we brought our fancy food and bike talk and movies all around the western U.S. This April and May we’ll be driving a big loop around the South, serving scrumptious food, talking about big ideas in bicycling, and learning about food and bike culture everywhere along the way.

Right now our calendar is wide open still has some gaps! with mostly flexible dates, stops, and routes. Get in touch if you want to talk about putting on an event in your town.

You can read up on more details about the tour, and get a sense of what we do from the videos below the jump. […]