“Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.” – The Dalai Lama
It’s a glorious time of the year for local food. Ramps are in season, fiddleheads are in season – the first radishes and micro greens are making an appearance! And going into the summer, Farm to Table dinners will be popping up everywhere (including the Billy Grant’s Farm Dinner series at Rose’s Berry Farm which I cannot wait to attend). I’ve been spoiled this week with local foods, starting with Let’s Start From Scratch preparing my first ever delivery meal for me:
Beautiful organic poblano peppers stuffed with cauliflower and black beans over quinoa. Healthy and delicious! As a busy working momma, this freed up valuable time to blow bubbles with a mermaid:
Molly is local and will create scratch meals based on your dietary preferences using the healthiest and most seasonal ingredients available. Highly recommended!
In other seasonal fare:
The good folks at Sweet Acre Farm are partnering up with the Hartford Baking Company to offer an organic, super convenient CSA this summer! It will be available for pick up at the HBC Cafe every week from mid June to mid October. Sign up for it here!
And while you’re at the HBC, grab the VERY BEST cold brew, made fresh with Stumptown Coffee daily. I’m mildly obsessed with it to be honest.
In other exciting foodie news, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform their 4th annual “Playing with Food” night on Saturday, May 21st! I’ve attended and had the pleasure of interviewing Carolyn Kuan – Head Conductor and mastermind behind the series – in the past years. She is presented with a series of dishes from each participating chef. She then pairs a piece of music with the dish based on what it would ‘sound’ like. For instance, a tuba may play the role of a fatty piece of beef. There is a visual representation of the dishes as well as a talk back with the chefs (from M & M Bistro, The Connecticut Convention Center, and Concorde Restaurant) – and this year – a twist! The dishes will be judged by a celebrity panel emceed by the ever creative Jacques Lamarre! As a classical pianist, it’s not hard to get me to attend the symphony under any circumstances, and I can say with absolute certainty from years passed that this performance will be a visual and sensory feast for all the senses. And if you’re hungry – never fear- MAX Catering will provide small bites during intermission in the lobby. Purchase your tickets here and join me Saturday night for a lovely evening of culture, food and fun.
(and an enormous thank you to my friends at the Symphony for providing me with my tickets)