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Fresh: A Film About the Food Revolution

Fresh: A Film About the Food Revolution

On Monday night, a roomful of Chef’s Training Program students got together with Chef Instructor Rich LaMarita towork with some of their favorite things: fresh, local, seasonal and organic ingredients.

That evening’s specials included a screening of Fresh and the preparation of a delicious tasting menu. Other than an errant onion and a shallot or two, more than 90% of the ingredients that we worked with were organic and from the Greenmarket. Here’s what we made for our Farm to Table feast:

Braised Baby Carrots with Balsamic Glaze & Pine Nuts

Grilled Oyster Mushrooms

Pan Seared Shiitake and Ginger with Hazelnut Dust

Wilted Russian Kale with Garlic

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Golden Raisins

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Thyme and Honey

White Wine Braised Leeks with Shallots

Korean Black Radish Slaw with Honey

Curried Lentils with Spinach

Summer Farro Salad

Mixed Baby Greens

Indian Style Spiced Popcorn

With ingredients this “fresh,” we kept the preparation simple.  Chef Rich read through the menu, called out the preparation for each dish, the students paired up to cook and we were eating dinner within an hour.

Chef Rich Anticipating a Great Local, Seasonal and Organic Meal

Chef Rich Anticipating a Great Local, Seasonal and Organic Feast

Fresh is a film that celebrates the farmers who are transforming our food system.  The film was fantastic and re-acquainted us with the movers and shakers of our Food Revolution, including Michael Pollan, Will Allen and Joel Salatin, as well as a few new voices, each sharing their unique insights.

At the film’s end, we were all re-committed to sourcing organic ingredients from local sources.  After all, with a meal like that, the proof was in the pudding.

Chef's Training Program Students Raise a Toast to the Meal

Chef's Training Program Students Raise a Toast to the Food


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