I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saturday's Picks, Green City Market/Locavore Throw-Down

Wowie, Wow Wow!

Where to begin.  First off I attended the locavore chef cook-off featuring competing students form Kendall College, Le Cordon Bleu and Washburne Culinary Institute.  All three schools prepared extremely well executed dishes but Kendall took home 1st prize!  GO KENDALL!!!

As soon as the competition ended, the rain began to pour.  I ran around like a crazy person collecting ingredients for my upcoming dinner party. 

The produce was exceptionally beautiful Saturday.  I was in awe of the gorgeous cabbage I found at the Iron Creek booth (above), and the humongous puff ball mushroom on display at the River Valley Ranch booth (below).

And then there was Jane.  How could you walk by this stand without picking up some of 1st Orchard and Greenhouse's fresh apple cider?

One of the coolest finds of the morning were chestnuts still in their spiky capsule.  I didn't know what I was going to to with these babies but I knew I had to have them.  The chestnuts were grown by Hillside Orchards, who also had some nice chestnut preserves and apples for sale.   

I found some to-die-for goat butter at Nordic Creamery.  The flavor is similar to goat cheese, white as snow and simply delectable on a baguette.  This is my new favorite butter, my previous favorite being Nordic Creamery's summer butter.

The green concord grapes at the Ellis Family Farms booth were new-to-me and I am now torn as to which concord grape I like better.  The green grape is milder than the purple variety, but they both taste like an entire orchard at first bite.

All in all it was quite an eventful day at the market, I'm glad I braved the weather.  My harvest bowl is beaming this week...I can't wait to start cooking!

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