More local food. We just happen to be coming across all the awesome informational events – and they all end in a FEAST!
This afternoon the UVa Food Collaborative organization hosted “What’s On Your Plate: A Public Forum on Local Food and the Media,” which I found out about through a new blog I subscribe to: Sustainable Dining At UVA. The event was a panel of food writers and thinkers: Marian Burros, food columnist, New York Times; Tom Philpott, food editor, Grist.org; and James McWilliams, author, Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly.
It was held within walking distance of our house in the new LEED-certified Jefferson Scholars Foundation building, which was gorgeous:
Faith, Matt and I walked over together.
I was pretty hungry and ate this from the Vegetarian Festival swag from a few weekends ago. It was just OK. REALLY sticky and hard to eat. And didn’t do much for my hunger.
The panel was very interesting, but I wish it had been a bit more about local food and a bit less about the technical details of industrial farming. While those are details that are very important (and details I have read about), the parts of the panel that were actually about food in the media were much more up my alley. The most striking part of the talk was when one of the panelist said (and the others agreed) that the Food Network these days does not inspire people to cook.
While that may be true of Top Chef or some of those eating competition shows, I still watch Barefoot Contessa, Good Eats or Rachel Ray wanting to make what they just made! And I think the network has probably helped many people get more comfortable in the kitchen. It certainly helped me. Perhaps our panel was a bit too old to understand today’s younger generation’s learning style? Or perhaps the Food Network needs a show by a relatable real young person!! Wink wink 😉
I had no idea until we got there that there was a RECEPTION!! Free dinner!!!!
The food was provided by UVA dining and some other sponsors and was sourced locally.
There was a spread of cheeses and crackers plus mini sweet potato pies, chicken skewers marinated in jam, local pork + apple skewers and bruschetta.
I honestly don’t know which of these plates were mine or Matt’s, but I had two heaping plates of cheeses, crackers and skewers – I was starving! I also absolutely LOVE those digestible cookie crackers!~
We also enjoyed sharing two glasses of wine. This was such a nicely done reception!
The foodie discussion continued over our meal
Then we walked home
I probably would have been fine without anything else to eat, but Matt started in on half of our planned dinner. We were supposed to have whole wheat pasta with tofu, tomato, arugula, mushroom and eggplant.
Instead we just had the veggies (minus the big eggplant)
Sauteed up with a dollop of the last of our sour cream
And I finished the night with a chocolate Hail Merry Macaroon – my last! These were amazing. Like truffles!
GAH I have YET to pack for this big trip, and we’re leaving first thing in the morning. But you know, packing is always so hard for me because I want to try on clothes and because I carry a TON of blogging equipment, but I think I’m just going to make this trip easy on myself and throw some clothes in a bag and be done with it!