Check out my coverage of the Best of Boot Camp at the Culinary Institute of America on the Rivard Report. http://therivardreport.com/chef-state-of-mind-off-to-cooking-school-i-go/ I finished Day 1 today and it was pretty intense. We focused on fundamentals – sauteing, pan frying, deep frying, roasting, braising, simmering, etc. Looking forward to Italian cooking tomorrow. We are going to make garganelli. Don’t know what that is? Neither did I until today. It’s a handmade pasta! Yum!
A huge thank you to the Rivard Report for highlighting the efforts of Slow Food South Texas today. I was especially fortunate to speak with the gang from the San Antonio Food Bank Catalyst Catering program. Thank you Joe Domiguez (Executive Chef), David Rodriguez (staff chef), Robert Gratteau (student), and Rudy Fernandez (student) for giving me a new appreciation for, and perspective on, slow food and its place in our community. Read the article here on The Rivard Report.
Next Saturday, November 3, Slow Food South Texas will hold its 2nd annual Harvest Gala and accompanying silent auction. This year, like last, the funds raised at the Harvest Gala will go to support educational programs, farm dinners, and cooking classes to expose people to the joy of growing, preparing and eating healthy food.
As a local dining blogger, I am a strong advocate of local restaurants, food producers and accessibility to local, healthy food – for everyone. My favorite Slow Food effort is the cultivation of gardens currently growing at two local schools. Every two weeks, Slow Food volunteers visit these schools and teach students how to tend a garden and what to do with the garden’s harvest. Teaching children the value of home- or locally-grown healthy food is important to our community’s health, the environment and our local economy.
This year we’re committed to making the Harvest Gala an even bigger success and we are hoping you (or someone you know!) will help by making a donation to our silent auction. In the past, local businesses and individual contributors have generously donated a variety of items for the auction, such as:
- Tickets to local sporting events or shows
- Private in-home cooking lessons
- Gift certificates to local restaurants and shops
- Locally made crafts and works of art
- Passes to local events, amusement parks, or other attractions
- Signed cookbooks
These are just a few examples of suitable silent auction items – we certainly encourage creativity in your support! Last year’s event sold out and with a strong lineup of local celebrity chefs featured at this year’s gala, the event is sure to be a success.
Confirmed chefs include:
- Michael Sohocki of Restaurant Gwendolyn
- Steve McHugh, formerly of Lüke, currently planning the opening of his own restaurant!
- John Russ of Lüke
- Chad Carey of The Monterey
- Chefs from The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio
- Tim the Girl, Chef and Caterer Extraodinaire
- Joe Dominguez of the SA Food Bank
- Chefs from the Culinary program at The Art Institute
- Plus, more to come!
Visit the Slow Food website to learn more about the organization. You can find more information on the Harvest gala on the website as well. If you have additional questions, please reach me via email at sa.palate at gmail.com.
What a great concept! Visit the 2nd annual Farm to Fork event at Phil Hardberger Park on Saturday, September 29. The event’s webpage says, “This family and pet friendly event will celebrate and highlight the dairy farmland roots of Phil Hardberger Park. Local chefs will prepare tapas-style small entrees with produce grown within 100 miles of the park. Come meet owners and operators of local farms, vineyards and microbreweries who are eager to share their knowledge of sustainable food and farming practices and samples of their tasty products!”
Not only is the event pet friendly and at a beautiful park, it’s all about bringing local food to San Antonio. Yay for that! Tickets are $40 and wine and beer wristbands an additional $5. Check out the website — and let me know if you are going to be there!