Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Toronto Mega Quarry is Dead!

They hung the American Flag in honor of my visit. I see it as showing the world food brings us all together one way or another.
Chef Michael Stadtländer & I at Soupstock 2012

 I posted about a month back about my trip to Toronto to stand with fellow culinarians from Canada in support of a movement to stop a proposed mega quarry on some of Ontarios most prized farm lands. A Boston based hedge-fund, the Baupost Group, was financially behind the quarry proposal and their company known as the Highland Companies, were found to have stretched the truth in order to get some farmers to sell their land for what they were told would be more farms. A couple years later, the proposal to build N. Americas largest quarry was filed with the Ontario government. 

 I was humbled to be invited personally by Chef Michael Stadlander and The Candaian Chefs Congress to an event known as Soupstock, where I was part of and moved by over 200 of Canadas best chefs coming together along with some of Canadas most well known musicians, artists and most importantly over 45,000 people on a beautiful, warm sunny day in Ontarios Woodbine Park. This was also known as the largest culinary led protest in history. I guess the voices were heard! 

The proposed quarry in Melancthon is dead!

Today, (Nov. 21), The Highland Companies announced it has withdrawn its application to the province for a licence to mine land in Melancthon for limestone. 


Highland also intends to discontinue its efforts to restore the rail corridor through Dufferin County. In addition, Highland announced that John Lowndes has resigned from his role as president and has no further involvement with the company.


This is pure proof that food brings people together in many ways. I'm very happy to have been a very small part of such a huge victory!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Autumn Menu is FINALLY out....

snacks


Seasonal Pickled Vegetable Jar
Chilled Gulf White Shrimp Cocktail 
Local Oysters on the Half Shell
Warm Olives, Orange & Spices
Warm Maine Jonah Crab Dip

small plates

Cornbread Panzanella Salad
pickled butternut squash, Vermont goat cheese puree, huckleberries, spiced pecans
Romaine Hearts 
white anchovy, parmesan, brioche,  anchovy & lemon dressing
Autumn Garden Salad
organic greens, seasonal vegetables, herbs, white balsamic & local honey vinaigrette
Fried Point Judith Long Fin Squid
pickled Fresno chilies, lime, scallions
Littleneck Clam Chowder 
house smoked bacon,Cape Cod clams, fresh oyster crackers
Lobster Minestrone
Maine yellow eyed beans, gilfeather turnips, cabbage, winter squash, parmesan froth
606 Cheese & Charcuterie 
selection of house made and artisan meats, pates and local cheese, seasonal accoutrements
Powder Point Oyster Po' Boy
kewpie mayonnaise, lettuce, greenhouse grown Maine tomatoes

 

mains


Archer Angus Farms Grass Fed Beef (sirloin or filet)
baby turnips, carrot textures, bordelaise syrup 
Lamb Neck Ragu
Narragansett ricotta, mint, pistachios, house made pasta
Bristol Bay Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
brussel sprouts, fingerling potatoes, black trumpet puree, champagne, winter citrus
Local Fisherman's Catch
ask about our daily feature using only local & responsibly harvested seafood
Butter Poached Lobster
truffle risotto, tangerine, spiced pork belly, lobster roe
Spinach & Fresh Mozzarella Ravioli
pine nut puree, crispy wild mushrooms, black truffle butter
Maine Mussels & Frites
Boston lager, cloves, coriander, mustard seed, orange
Roasted All Natural Half Chicken
butter whipped potato, braised swiss chard, natural jus
48 Hour American Wagyu Short Ribs
heirloom squash puree, pickled mustard seed,winter kale, roasted cipollini onions

Friday, November 2, 2012

First the Government...Now Mama Nature: Impact of Sandy on Our Fisherman



In an industry that is struggling with  little allocations and a catch share system that continues to steer equity into the industry's biggest and deepest pockets, and top that off with an economic disaster declared by the government in September, Hurricane Sandy couldn't have hit at a worst time.

Hurricane Sandy’s terrible toll in lost lives and lost communities is still being measured. but one thing the news isn't mentioning and in my opinion worth noting, is that the storm sent shock waves through the mid-Atlantic through North East region’s fishing industry. Harbors and infrastructure were washed away and in some cases completely destroyed along the New York and New Jersey coastlines, some places so bad that the  Garden State Seafood Association has already asked NJ Gov. Chris Christie  to officially request a federal fisheries disaster declaration.

Lets think about the industry as a whole for a moment....Restaurants and retail operations shut down for pretty much 2 days across the mid Atlantic and north east corridor along with airports and other delivery methods completely at a standstill demand was basically zero....Fisherman hurried out over the weekend to get the catch they needed to try and generate some income but due to low demand, prices plummeted. Sandy also barred international air travel in advance of its actual arrival at the major East Coast airports, eliminating supply to Europe and Asia and despite some fishermans bravery,  most boats in stayed in port. Basically pure paralysis.

SO if ever the time to support our local fisherman and species..now is the time. For restaurants, please consider buying local ground fish species to serve this weekend. Hake, Pollock even Dogfish., Some Fluke are out there as well.

If your a consumer, order these species or go to your local market and ask for New England ground fish to put on the dinner table. I'm serving Pollock from our Backyard (Georges Bank) all weekend at 606 Congress. So come on by or cook your family some great local seafood and support those that need it most right now.

And many of my readers are located  in New York & the Mid Atlantic, please consider the same thing and support your fisherman.

I understand many people are going through some tough times & my thoughts and prayers go out to the people around the country effected negatively by this storm.