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'Ingredients' highlights the importance of local food movement

By Chevas D. Samuels | EmaxHealth


Media Credit: Ryan Ruiz

Largely mirroring a movement gaining prominence in the Valley, "Ingredients" is a documentary that focuses on the impact that nationally-produced food has on our lives and celebrates a return to health and community.

In the last 50 years, food nutrition, taste and superiority have taken a backseat to quantity and speed when dealing with mass-produced food and many times we are unaware of where it comes from and the steps taken (additives, chemicals) to keep these foods fresh.

This documentary draws attention to the progress local food movements have made in informing consumers about the health dangers in mass-produced and shipped foods that according to the documentary, has caused our "children's generation to have a shorter lifespan than our own."

The local food movement is not only vital to our health, but to our community as well. Buying locally-grown and produced food and other products ensures that capital stays in and works within our community creating jobs for growers and consumers, while less than 10 percent of national food product capital remains in our community.

Consuming local food means consuming fresh products immediately available and enjoying natural products with all the nutrients intended without fear of chemical consumption or food waste.

Such sentiment is not lost on our own locals: the new Downtown Phoenix Urban Grocery, Tempe Farmer's Market and even Madcap's own weekly Thursday market help spread gospel of local grub.

The film features chef/author Alice Waters, considered to be a pioneer of the movement toward cooking with local foods, Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of Savoy, a restaurant that features local food cuisine and Greg Higgins, chef/owner of Higgins Restaurant and Bar, who believes that "food is community."

"Ingredients," MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.634.5192, Thursday, December 10, 8 p.m., $7


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"Black Dynamite," Madcap celebrates Black films of the '70s with karate kicking action and jive-turkey suckers! Follow Black Dynamite as he searches for "the man" while throwing down with chumps and dope pushers to save his No. 1 soul sister. Right on! Madcap Theaters, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.634.5192, Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, 6 p.m., $8

Harmonica showcase, Some of Phoenix's best harmonica players suck and blow their hearts out on stage. There will be some harmonica playing, too. Zing! The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.265.4842, Thursday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., $7

"Resurgent Mexican Phoenix," The revival of Mexican culture has transformed our fair town, contends ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning professor Dr. Daniel Arreola. The professor will explain how in the Bulpitt Auditorium. Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, 602.285.7845, Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., free

RECURRING EVENTS

STUPID MOVIE MONDAYS
Time to once again impress your friends with your vast knowledge of B-movie trivia. San Tan Brewing Company hosts Monday B-Movie Night, the best guilty pleasure ever. San Tan Brewing Company, 8 San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480.917.8700, ongoing Mondays, 9 p.m., no cover

MARGARITA MONDAYS
Cien Agaves hosts a fabulous margarita party featuring Jose Cuervo Classico margaritas! Celebrate Monday with drink specials and half-off appetizers. Cien Agave Tacos and Tequila, 7228 E. First Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.970.9002, ongoing Mondays, all day, no cover

ROCKSTAR WEDNESDAYS
Vintage Lounge brings acoustic music to Tempe. Featuring local acts broadcast concurrently on Scottsdale's KWSS-FM. DJs take the floor afterward until 2 a.m. Vintage Lounge, 414 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.297.2195, ongoing Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., no cover

PINKY RING WEDNESDAYS
DJs D-JR, Cutswell, Senbad, Death to the Throne and Diesel mix hot electro and hip-hop dance beats all night. Bar Smith, 130 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.229.1265, ongoing Wednesdays, 9 p.m., no cover

FRIDAY FIX WITH MIX
Get your grind on as Mix 96.9 FM broadcasts live every Friday night. Top 40, hip-hop and the best R & B tunes. Prize giveaways and $2 drink specials until 9 p.m. Hurricane Bay, 4139 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 602.843.6100, ongoing Fridays, 7 p.m., no cover


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