Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Here is an article about the bad lobster season we had this year.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I do, however, have a few critiques of the class. I feel terrible, but a couple things about the class really bothered me. For one, as darling as Chef Laura is, she wasn't very familiar with local geography and culture. Like most people, she is more familiar with the local food movement as it manifests in a northern climate. This is ok, because eating local in the tropics isn't as popular as it is "Up North." She's probably just learning like the rest of us. More than this, I was bothered by the fact that some of the products used weren't really local. For instance, the sheep's milk feta in the potato salad was from Greece. That's pretty anti-local. That said, the cheese was so good that it nearly brought tears of joy to my eyes and I admit that I actually had to go and buy some of my own after the class. Still, the cheese was from really far away. To be exact, the sheep's milk feta could be considered terroir, meaning that even though it comes from thousands of miles away, the cheese is locally produced by artisans in Greece and not by some gigantic factory that pumps it full of by-products. Still though. The angel food cake and whipped cream also bothered me. The cake was from the Whole Foods bakery and not made from local ingredients. The whipped cream came out of a can. Had I been teaching this class I would have skipped the cake and cream. The strawberries were ripe and the honey sweet and complex enough to stand alone.
That aside, one aspect of the class that I really appreciated was that Chef Laura not only used locally grown produce, she incorporated locally made products from small companies in the area. I hadn't considered this before and because of her, I'm going to be posting about several local food businesses I've since discovered. Chef Laura really inspired me and I'm glad I took the class.
The next "Local with Laura" class is next Thursday April 9th. I'm thrilled to see that she's decided to make this a regular feature at the Lifestyle Center. Be sure to call and make a reservation. You can click on the link I provided up in the first paragraph for the schedule and phone number. Just remember, if you're Jewish, that's the first night of Passover. If the class were held any other night I would have taken it again, but alas, I must attend the Seder.