The latest from Twitter: @BirchwoodCafe documents some royal produce from Heartbeet Farm, @VelleeDeli adds a curry tofu burrito to their mobile menu, @TurkeyToGo is excited for the @MplsFarmMarket on Nicollet Mall today, and @SimpleGoodTasty posted a job opening at @ChocolatCeleste.
Rachel previews D’Amico’s Parma 8200, a 100-year-old cheese plant gets a new lease on life in Wisconsin, Bill Roehl is blown away by Fogo de Chao, can we please have a moratorium on “what happens in X stays in X” headlines, Simple Good and Tasty is going national, behold the 128 Cafe food truck, and a glance at Rustica’s Kouign Amann (AKA butter cake).
@YoungChef2 gauges interest for cooking classes and demos at @LaBelleVie_MN, @BlackCatNatFood rejoices over early local rhubarb, @ModernCafeMpls comments on some computer system problems, @SimpleGoodTasty hosts their next event at @GalacticPizza — with free appetizers, and @MplsFarmMarket hosts even more local growers than ever.
Do you know what you’re eating? @NSFoodsMemo warns of “Ex-Lax” sushi, @BarbetteMpls touts their primarily organic and local sourcing, @LeeZukor prepares for next week’s SGT gathering at Craftsman, @Spoonriver1 urges you to visit Cafe Brenda before it closes on Saturday, @FEASTmpls seeks volunteers to help plan the next event, and @GIngerHop_NE offers another free bottle of pinot noir with your purchase of two entrees next Tuesday.
Who is your farmer?
Simple, Good, and Tasty, a Twin Cities site dedicated to local, sustainable, and organic foods and producers, posed this question as the theme of its most recent local food dinner, co-sponsored by Lucia Watson. The dinner, held last night at Lucia’s in Uptown, connected diners, farmers, and producers in a unique farm-to-table dining experience.
Throughout the three-course dinner, diners sat with the farmers and producers, getting to know them and asking questions about the foods featured in the evening’s dishes. Conversations ranged from farming techniques and crop yields to their family life and driving force behind what they do each day.
Perhaps the most compelling theme that emerged from conversations at this writer’s table was the sense of community that the farmers and producers feel with other producers of local food. Victor Mrotz of Hope Creamery and Sandy Dietz of Whitewater Gardens each spoke of teaming up with other local producers to distribute quality, organic products to the Twin Cities. One example: the bottled cream from Pride of Main Street Dairy in Sauk Centre, one of Mrotz’s cream sources for making his butter, which Mrotz helps to distribute to The Wedge. For her part, Dietz teams with a larger farm that can more easily handle the billing and logistics required to distribute her vegetables.
In his final words of the evening, Lee Zukor of Simple, Good, and Tasty spoke of this sense of community along with the other goals of the site — understanding the true costs of food, building the market for local, organic foods, and promoting cooking at home.
Poulet rouge chicken stuffed with chicken sausage and apples, cider creme fraiche sauce, spaghetti squash, and mixed vegetables
Callister Farm, Nesbitt’s Nursery and Orchard, Hope Creamery, Hidden Stream Farm, Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables, Whitewater Gardens
Alternative entree option: Prime rib of beef with roasted onion demi-glaze, mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, and mixed vegetables
Hidden Stream Farm, Whole Grain Milling
Raspberry and wild blueberry cobbler
Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables, Wild Potato First Nation
Lucia’s housemade chocolates
November’s Simple, Good, and Tasty local food dinner will be held at Spoonriver (750 S 2nd St., Minneapolis) on Nov. 1 at 7pm. Chef Brenda Langton will discuss her approach to food and cooking, and Nan Bailly of Alexis Bailly Vineyard in Hastings will discuss her family’s vineyard and wine. Tickets for the three-course meal cost $40, and a vegetarian option is available; a four-course wine flight costs $15. For reservations, call the restaurant at 612.436.2236.
@SweetCheeksBaby food is baby approved, according to the pictures they posted, @CookingUpAStory advises leather gloves and long sleeves in response to @HyperLocavore’s blackberry-scratched hands and arms, @SeriousEats provides a tasty-looking recipe for miniature grilled chocolate cakes in orange peels, @OmMinneapolis opens this Friday, and @LeeZukor announces the next Simple, Good, and Tasty dinner, this time at Lucia’s.
Lee at Simple Good and Tasty posts the recipe for Red Stag Supper Club’s Corn Puree, Vegetarian Perspective covers Cafe Twenty Eight, Pioneer Press readers dreamed up a bunch of junk to put on a stick (a reader also suggests cheese-flavored milk. Yuck!), and the Star Tribune opens up their entire section online for the Minnesota State Fair. Heavy Table’s James Norton, Becca Dilley, Katie Cannon, and Aaron Landry are out at said fair today and updating continuously with food and beverage tidbits on Twitter.
September’s Simple, Good, and Tasty local food dinner (Sept. 13, 5pm) features a local food potluck and pig roast. SGT will provide the pig, guests bring a dish to share. Meal to be held at Minneapolis’ Boom Island Park (724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413). Tickets $10, must be pre-purchased.