Upcoming: Thanksgiving Feast of Local Bounty

“…everyone has a fundamental right to pleasure and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible.”

–Slow Food

In Massachusetts, we are particularly blessed during Thanksgiving, when our unique food heritage takes the spotlight at the dinner table.

The first Thanksgiving is a greatly romanticized aspect of American history, but also has contemporary culinary relevance in terms of the eat local movement. The pilgrims’ diet was wholly determined by the New England landscape and native wildlife. According to The History Channel’s online resource “The History of Thanksgiving,” the three-day feast of the first Thanksgiving likely included seafood like cod, eel, clams, and lobster; fowl such as wild turkey, goose, duck, crane, swan, partridge, and eagle; meat products like venison and seal; and produce including pumpkin, peas, onions, lettuce, radishes, carrots, plums, grapes, walnuts, chestnuts, and acorns. Conspicuously absent dishes were sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie (although recipes for stewed pumpkin existed), and cranberry sauce as the pilgrims did not yet have sugar.

In the spirit of the first Thanksgiving and sustainable food philosophy, Sel de la Terre invites you to an autumn harvest feast featuring seasonal local ingredients. The menu will include many products from Chef Frank’s Apple Street Farm including turkey, eggs, beets, field greens, braising greens, sugar pumpkins, and squash, as well as locally grown apples and forest mushrooms. Such ingredients are not only consistent with eco-gastronomical ideals, but are exceptionally fresh and flavorful.

The prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner is three courses for fifty-eight dollars, with half portions available for children under twelve at half-price.

If you prefer to dine at home, you can order an entire Thanksgiving dinner to pick up on November 24th or 25th. In addition to turkey, there are a variety of a la carte selections with which to personalize your feast. Highlights include roasted apple-turkey stuffing, truffled macaroni and cheese, pumpkin brioche rolls, duck liver terrine, and pecan pie.

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~ by saltnews on November 3, 2009.

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