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.
Westford Hill Distillers’ award-winning New World Aged Apple Brandy is an outstanding gift choice for locavores, fine spirits lovers, and any New Englander fond of sipping brandy in front of a fireplace. Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford, Connecticut has been making award-winning eau-de-vie (unaged fruit brandies) since the company’s founding in 1998 and began releasing aged apple brandy made entirely from Connecticut apples a few years ago.
I’m sitting down for what feels like the first time today. Cooking for the last three days in preparation for Thanksgiving has given me plenty of quiet time to think about what I’m thankful for. Besides my family, wonderful and supportive friends, and farmers who grow the food I eat, I’m grateful for every stakeholder – from consumers to retailers to chefs – that takes small actions that lead to meaningful change in our food system.
It’s just gotten easier to prepare a feast that more closely resembles the one served at the first Thanksgiving. Take a step back in time, pre-industrialized food, with the Ark of the Ark of Taste Thanksgiving Collection. This collection, available through a collaboration between Slow Food USA and Heritage Foods USA, is for real cooks, foodies, epicureans and gourmands in search of flavor – forgotten flavors.
Farm-to-Chef Week, The CT Dept. of Agriculture’s annual celebration of CT Grown, is scheduled for September 14-20, 2014. Restaurants, cafes, caterers, cafeterias, food trucks, bakeries, and other dining establishments are invited to register for this event and partner with Connecticut farms to showcase their Connecticut Grown foods on their menus.