An Interview with Fekkak Mamdouh, Co-Founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

This week, my guest on the Progressive Radio Network is Fekkak Mamdouh, the Co-Founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. For those of you who listened to my show a few weeks ago, I had on his partner Saru Jayaraman and discussed the issues revolving around food workers in this country. My conversation with Fekkak will be a continuation of why it is important to raise the awareness of the plight of restaurant workers, packers, and farm workers in this country. Please join me for what will certainly a thought-provoking conversation.

Black Rice Pasta with Broccoli in Garlic Sauce

1 package black soba noodles, cooked according to direction, al dente 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets 1 onion, chopped 2 Tbs. chopped garlic 1/4 white wine Salt and Pepper to taste Parmesan Cheese (optional)

While the pasta water is heating up, in a heavy skillet or wok, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the onions, and cook on a medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize.

At this time, you can add the pasta to the boiling water. Do not over cook the pasta!

Add the garlic and cook for another minute or so, then add the broccoli. Cook until the broccoli begins to soften. Add the wine and salt and pepper. Cook for another 3 minutes, and remove from heat.

Add the pasta to the broccoli, and toss.