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Voices from the Food Revolution: People Who Changed The Way Americans Eat
An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub
Made possible with a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation

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Gael Greene

Biographical Note

Gael Greene, the New York Magazine restaurant critic, knew James Beard casually when an article in  The New York Times brought them together. The piece described the plight of impoverished senior citizens who received food aid from the city during the week, but had no source of food on weekends and holidays.

The situation appalled her, and she was inspired to call everyone she could think of who might have money or goods to ameliorate the situation.

James Beard was one of those people. It was common knowledge that food companies often sent Beard samples of their products in the hope that he would try them, like them, and, with luck, promote them in his columns. Greene figured Beard might have some actual food to contribute on a more-or-less regular basis.

Jumping into action, she phoned him to enlist his support, and encouraged him to join her effort to remedy the situation. The result was CityMeals On Wheels, where he lent his name and enthusiasm to a project that still exists today.

Greene left New York Magazine in 2008 and today has become an active free-lance writer, blogger, and tweeter. Her interview discusses the inception of CityMeals on Wheels as well as her early years as a free-lance writer and book author, and her early work at  New York Magazine.

Access Points

Beard, James, 1903-1985
Claiborne, Craig
Felker, Clay
Forgione, Larry
Frieman, Jane
Greene, Gael
Kretchmer, Jerry
Portali, Alfred
Soltner, André, 1932-
Waxman, Jonathan. 1950-

Meals on Wheels
New York Magazine
New York Post
Time, Inc.

Benefit auctions
Cooking -- Periodicals
Cooking – Study and teaching
Dinners and dining
Food writing
Restaurants -- New York (State) - - New York

Subject Names

  • Beard, James, 1903-1985
  • Portale, Alfred
  • Soltner, André, 1932-
  • Greene, Gael
  • Kretchmer, Jerry
  • Forgione, Larry
  • Frieman, Jane
  • Claiborne, Craig
  • Felker, Clay
  • Waxman, Jonathan, 1950-

Document Type

  • Cooking |v Periodicals

Subject Organizations

  • Time, Inc.
  • New York Post
  • New York Magazine
  • Meals on Wheels

Subject Topics

  • Authorship
  • Benefit auctions
  • Dinners and dining
  • Food writing.
  • Cooking -- Study and teaching
  • Journalism.
  • Gastronomy.
  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York.

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