RI Local Food Fest
Friday, August 06, 2010
The fourth annual Farm Fresh Rhode Island Local Food Fest
was held this past Tuesday evening and by all accounts it was a huge success in showcasing the amazing bounty of local food, culinary talent and delicious products that Rhode Island has to offer. Even the weather happily participated and it was a gorgeous night at Castle Hill Inn & Resort in Newport. There were over 20 farms, 10 food producers and 12 chefs offering food and wine under the tent and across the lawn at Castle Hill. Several hundred people attended the event, but because of the layout and aforementioned pleasant weather, the evening never seemed too crowded.
The clear crowd-favorite of the evening was Tallulah on Thames
’ s Chef Jake Rojas
(above) serving Blackbird Farm Mini Beef Burgers with red wine onion jam, arugula, and Great Hill Blue cheese aioli on brioche. There was a constant long line of people at Tallulah’s table until they ran out of burgers (Chef Rojas told me he prepared about 480 of them). Other food highlights for me were Chef Champe Speidel
’s Warm Soup of Four Town Farm Sweet Corn, Chef Matt Jennings
s Lamb Sausage with Red Planet Potatoes & Arugula, Chef Derek Jolie
of Blackstone Caterers
’ Fried Green Tomato with Braised Pork Rillette and Chef Derek Wagner
(left) of Nick’s on Broadway
’s Bomster Scallops with a Cucumber-Tomato Salad. Dessert was covered by
several people, but you had to get in line early for Chef Bruce Tillinghast
of New Rivers
’ Blueberry Ice Cream with Barden Family Orchard’s White & Yellow Peaches. Chef Tillinghast hand cranks
his ice cream! Unfortunately for me, The Cupcakerie
(left) was cleaned out before I had a cupcake, but Chef Jonathan Cambra
of Castle Hill Inn & Resort
had a “surprise” item of mini blueberry cream pies.
To find out more about Farm Fresh Rhode Island and their mission to grow the local food system please take a look here. Visit your local farmers markets this summer and buy
some amazingly fresh and delicious food or, if this heat is too much for you, head to a local restaurant that gets product from Farm Fresh’s Market Mobile and see what the great chefs of RI are doing with it.
For more photos and information please take a look at Dadekian’s site here.
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