Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hangin' With the Locals

One thing you can definitely say about those of us on the Local Roots steering committee: we sure do love us some local food.

Yes, I know, that was the whole point of getting this whole venture rolling. And yes, like any crazy busy people, you can -- only on occasion! -- find us around town sneaking a bit of fast food of some sort. (Did I tell you about the time the president bumped into me at the grocery store as my hand reached for the corporate-packaged veggie burgers? Anyway...)

But when we come together to eat, potluck-style, then watch out, because we're gonna dazzle you -- and each other -- with our passion for the seasonal local bounty.

The Marketing Nerds (the Farmgirl Wannabe, the fabulous Jen, and me, with the Renaissance Man providing backup and entertainment) got together to talk business tonight, and as always, we made our meeting a potluck.

These potlucks tend to have two unspoken rules: First, food should provide as much local goodness, preferably from our own gardens, as possible. Second, it should be more than adequately accompanied by wine or beer, also local if possible.

You'd think that could be a recipe for getting no work done whatsoever, but no. For us, it's just the opposite: it's the fuel that generates some seriously brilliant ideas (as well as much merriment).

So this evening's meeting was no exception.

We started with bowls of Jen's gingery squash soup, made with squash from her in-laws' garden (and, I suspect, a touch of chile pepper; it had a wonderful bite to it). Along with that, we gobbled up some of the Farmgirl Wannabe's homemade bread and washed it down with round one of the Great Lake Brewing Company's Oktoberfest beer. (Great Lakes, I love you and your seasonal beers. Mwah!)

After that, the Farmgirl Wannabe dished up some risotto that made excellent use of her large delicata-type squash and onions, with a hint of nutmeg to make the flavor even richer. I made buckwheat crepes (with some of the fresh flour milled from the buckwheat I grew at the FW's homestead, local spelt flour, local eggs, and local milk) and filled them with a marinated and sauteed mix of Italian-style vegetables (eggplant, beans, garlic from CSA; zucchini, tomatoes, basil from my gardens) topped with locally-made fresh mozzarella.

That just about filled us up, though others started on round two of the beer (another Oktoberfest, different label). We got down to business and worked through our agenda (in a roundabout way, but it worked) to organize volunteers and next steps.

Finally, I pulled out dessert: brownies! I mean, who doesn't love brownies? And when those heavenly brownies (based on My Fabulous Aunt's recipe) contain local spelt flour, local honey, local eggs, local hazelnuts, and a local cream cheese-based frosting -- seriously, do you think anyone is going to turn them down?

We rounded out the meeting with some good brainstorming about upcoming events, so between all the good food, good beer, and good ideas, I'd say it was a very successful and productive meeting.

And you've gotta love that...

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At 9/11/2009 9:36 AM, Blogger Jennifer Hugon said...

Local beer + local food +local friends + local revolution = Local Fun!

At 9/11/2009 9:38 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

You said it, Jen! :-) Viva la vida Local Roots!


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