Thursday, April 22, 2010
For Me its A Special Earth Dinner 2010
Tonight's Earth Day Celebration dinner at Tastings is a special one for me.For the past two years I have focused my efforts on making sure Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro was a leader in the New England Region for not only supporting a sustainable lifestyle, supporting local farmers, fisherman and ranchers and making decisions that support the local economy and the preservation of our planet. I don't consider myself "crunchy" or a "tree hugger" and many will tell you I'm the furthest thing from that stereotype, I'm human and I cant deny that I enjoy the occasional fast food burger, a banh mi sandwich from Chinatown which certainly doesn't practice using local and sustainable products or a batch of greasy Buffalo style chicken wings from the local pub paired with the most current vintage of Bud Light and the cool taste of a menthol cancer stick to follow.....
But I do care about the future of my kids and the future of the world they will grow up to live in. I care about the choices they make when it comes to buying food from reliable sources ad sources that practice sustainable agriculture. I care about being a roll model to aspiring chefs and kids and being able to practice what I preach. I care about making sure my dollar stays within the local economic structure of the area I live in and I care about the relationships I make with the people growing, raising and catching my food. At the end of the day.....I care about giving you a meal that I can trace from farm to fork and be confident that I prepared that dish using my skills as a chef to assure you a memorable dining experience.
As some of you already know, this is my last week at Tastings and tonight's Earth Dinner is in my mind a fitting way to leave you with my beliefs of what I consider to be the perfect meal. A meal sourced locally, prepared beautifully and am able to cook with some of my best friends.
Thank you to my Tastings family and especially to my loyal guests for allowing me to cook alongside you and for you. I am honored to announce my right hand man Chef Matt Maue(whom has worked with me for the past 5 years) will be moving into the executive chefs role as I embark on a new journey that will continue to challenge and move me forward in my professional career.