In the midst of discussion about when the 2008 Seacoast Eat Local Challenge should take place (leaning toward July or August – comments welcome!), I went back and updated the 2007 pledge page. There had been a few that came a little later in the month that I wanted to add, and I hope others will garner as much inspiration from these diverse and personal challenges as I do – I love reading about how other people approach the challenge, how they think about different foods, and how the challenge can mean so many things to so many people, and yet encourage everyone to add more local food to their lives than the current baseline. I know that my first challenge changed the way I eat forever, and each year’s challenge encourages me to continue to be thoughtful about my food in a way that is not only environmentally sustainable, but sustainable for me as well.
Archive for the ‘September 2007 Eat Local Challenge’ Category
In addition to next Saturday’s Slow Food Seacoast Harvest Supper & Contra Dance and UNH’s Local Harvest Feast on the 20th, here are two more opportunities to eat out and eat locally – a particular boon if you are participating in the September Eat Local Challenge:
Thursday, September 13th: “Community Vine’s Local Harvest Dinner”, 6:30 pm
To Benefit Seacoast Family Food Pantry of Portsmouth and Footprints Food Pantry of Kittery
Presented by Community Vine and Seacoast Growers Association:
In Partnership with Victory96 Restaurant, Taste Magazine, and Philbrick’s Fresh Market.
Five courses, five local celebrity chefs, locally grown and raised produce, seafood, and meat, and regional, organic, and biodynamic wines!
Celebrate the richness and diversity of our local farms! Sit down for a glorious five course meal each featuring a local celebrity chef’s dish created solely from local product!
Mark Segal – Executive Chef, 100 Club
Ben Hasty – Executive Chef, Dunaway Restaurant
Cliff Arrand, James Walter – Owner, Executive Chef, Pesce Blue
Duncan Boyd – Owner and Executive Chef, Victory96 Restaurant
$75.00 advance purchase, (plus tax and gratuity)
Call Victory96 for tickets 603.766.0960
For questions call Todd Cary at Community Vine 603.531.9760
Autumn Harvest Dinner Party under the tent
Saturday, September 22, 2007
6 – 9pm
Join us for a casual evening featuring: Live music, Vineyard harvest wine toast, Drawing for tickets to 2007 HarvestFest
Freshly Baked Zucchini Bread
Cheddar and Chive Gougères
General Stark Vodka Cured Salmon Canapés
Grilled or Chilled Clams and Oysters
Fresh Mixed Greens, Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans,
Poached Pears, Blue Cheese, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Charcoal-Roasted Steamship of Pork
Open Pit Grilled Chicken
Pit Roasted Potatoes
Corn on the Cob with Jalapeno Butter
Grilled Farmers Market Vegetable Platter
Fire Roasted Apple Smorgasbord
Caramel Sauce, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Oatmeal Crumb Topping, Whipped Cream
$65/person includes tax and tip
For reservations 603.659.2949 firstname.lastname@example.org
Flag Hill Winery and Distillery
297 North River Road, Lee, NH 03861
there’s a new round of September Eat Local Challenge pledges up on the Seacoast Eat Local website. I find what folks are saying about their commitment to eating more locally this September inspiring and fun – and a lot of it makes me think about my own food choices. And it’s great to see such a wide range of challenges – from people who are eating a meal a day of all local, to people looking to change their produce, meat, and dairy purchases to people attempting very hard core challenges.
from the Portsmouth Herald:
UNH harvest dinner celebrates bounty of local food*
Since 2005, the University of New Hampshire has celebrated the region’s rich agricultural heritage with its annual Local Harvest Dinner, gaining fans and patrons for its gourmet preparations of local produce, seafood, meats and cheeses. Building on its popularity, this year’s dinner, on Thursday, Sept. 20, has moved to Holloway Commons, UNH’s largest dining hall. The Local Harvest Dinner runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and is offered to all students on the UNH meal plan, as well as to the general public (adults, $12.50 plus tax; children under 10, $6.25).
The meal showcases the diversity of foods from the region, with a menu that includes organic vegetables from UNH’s Organic Garden Club and Tuckaway Farm in Lee; beef and chicken from Lasting Legacy Farm in Barrington; buffalo from Yankee Farmer’s Market Natural Meats in Warner; tea from Portsmouth Tea Company; and cheeses from Full Moon Farm in Rochester, Boggy Meadow Farm in Walpole, and Silvery Moon Creamery in Westbrook, Maine. Honey from Bee Rich Apiary in Hudson, apples and squash from UNH’s Woodman Farm, and cider from Carter Hill Orchard in Concord provide a more traditional taste of autumn in New Hampshire.
Beneath a tent outside Holloway, local producers and food-related organizations such as NH Made and Seacoast Slow Food will educate diners about the impact of eating locally. In addition, Barrington photographer Charter Weeks will display photographs documenting a barn-raising at Lasting Legacy Farm. The photos, shot earlier this summer, include interesting portrayals of several Amish volunteers who requested that their faces not appear in the photos.
This year, UNH Dining hosts several other Local Harvest events during the week of the Local Harvest Dinner. Vegan chef Norma Koski, of Susty’s Café in Northwood, is guest chef in Elements at Philbrook dining hall Wednesday, Sept. 19. Koski has partnered with the UNH Organic Garden Club to bring “radical vegan foods” to student diners and guests that evening. And for the entire week (Sept. 17-21), Panache, the bakery-style sandwich shop at Holloway Commons, will feature local foods, including Portsmouth Tea Company teas and Fogarty’s cheesecake.
For more information, visit www.unh.edu/dining/localharvest.htm or www.sustainableunh.unh.edu.
* this is a great event for folks taking the September Eat Local Challenge – a fairly inexpensive night of someone else cooking!