It’s August already and time to think about how you want to spend your last weeks of summer. Have you gotten through your summer bucket list? If you don’t have one, or have already completed it, here are five things to do before the summer ends that will maximize your enjoyment of the local harvest and beautiful weather. This is the time of year when farms are bursting with corn, tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, beans, cucumbers, peppers and more.
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 10:45 PM, The Rewards of Buying Locally Grown Food Talk with Christy Colasurdo, co-author of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, and Analiese Paik, founder and editor of the Fairfield Green Food Guide. The McManus Room at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880 | 203.291.4800
10:45-11:45: Walking tour of the Westport Farmers’ Market and Book Signing with Chefs and Farmers
It’s easy to fall into a veggie rut, making the same ten recipes over and over again. I’m guilty of defaulting to a quick saute in garlic and olive oil myself. Inspiration awaits at the weekly chef demos at the Westport Farmers’ market where top local chefs demonstrate how they use produce from market vendors to create a fantastic appetizer, salad, soup or side dish.
The authors of the Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook have begun an exciting book tour that includes stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets that we know and love. The first event is tomorrow, at Back 40 Mercantile in Greenwich, followed by a cocktail and book signing party at Terrain next Monday, then a farm-to-table dinner at Parallel Post on June 25. There are many more spring and summer events to come!
The Westport Farmers’ Market has started a recipe program to provide shoppers with guidance about what’s in season each month and showcase recipes to try at home. Five guest contributors will each provide two recipes and shopping lists for the market each month. May’s contributor is Elise Meyer, food writer and creator of the Much Ado About Stuffing blog. Enjoy her recipes and expect a fresh set in June from the next contributor!
Have you ever tasted a dog cookie? Until recently, I could honestly say no. That is no longer the case.
I had the privilege of meeting Paul and Lynn Gallant, owners of Paul’s Custom Pet Food in New Milford. As a parting gift, I received a package of pumpkin dog cookies. With an ingredient list of organic brown rice flour, organic pumpkin, organic eggs, dried goat’s milk, organic parsley, and sea salt, I gave one a try.
Ark of Taste Honeys: A Lecture and Educational Tasting
With Author and Honey Sommelier Marina Marchese
Culinary Demonstration and Tasting with Chef Silvia Baldini and
Heirloom and Ark of Taste Food Discussion with Analiese Paik
From 6:30-8:30 pm
$25 per person; RSVP online at CarriageBarn.org
Learn about the history of the American chestnut, a Slow Food USA Ark of Taste food, and ongoing efforts to restore the tree to its native habitat from Steve Conaway of the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). Chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry and Sage will demonstrate how to prepare Mont Blanc chestnut cakes, a classic chestnut dessert from her native Italy. Analiese Paik will inform guests about rare and delicious heirloom and Ark of Taste foods and provide insider tips on sourcing them.