Minnesota Food Bloggers heated up a frigid, Minnesota morning by hosting our first educational event on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at Minnesota History Center. Bloggers, farmers, food advocates, chefs, journalists, and concerned eaters gathered to view the morning session of the live TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat webcast.
The morning session's focus was sustainability. After the viewing, Minnesota Valley Country Club executive chef, Tour de Farm founder, host of In Search of Food, and local food advocate Scott Pampuch spoke to the group about the evolution of his thoughts, menus, and purchasing decisions at his restaurant Corner Table. Scott then joined a panel discussion with Barth Anderson of Fair Food Fight, Debbie Morrison of Sapsucker Farms, and myself, moderated by Brett Olson of Renewing the Countryside, to continue the conversation as a group.
See the event summary at Minnesota Food Bloggers. An overview video of the webcast, panel discussion, and reception is below.
TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat Viewing, Panel Discussion & Reception from Minnesota Food Bloggers on Vimeo.
Given that everything is better fried - everything - it will come as no surpirse that root vegetables make utterly dreamy latkes. I like celery root in particular for its slightly sweet flavor.
These latkes are delicious as is, fresh out of the fat with a dab of sour cream, but my favorite way to eat them is topped with a poached egg. I know: Everything is Better Fried and Just Put an Egg On It, two of my favorite food credos, together in the same post? Out of control.
This same technique works nicely with zucchini as well. I particularly like a mix of zucchini and green pepper, in the summer when both are abundant, topped with Greek yogurt and scallions. Or a fresh tomato sauce. Or ooh, with Molly Herrmann's tomato jam! So lovely. We'll have to wait a few more months to play around with all that fun, however.
For now, fry your root vegetables and be very happy.
And then join the Minnesota Food Bloggers for a Saturday, January 21, viewing of TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat webcast, 9:00 am, at the Minnesota History Center. The webcast will be followed by a discussion and reception sponsored by Minnesota Monthly Magazine. The event is free of charge.
And join Jason DeRusha and me next Monday evening, January 23, as we assist Chef Scott Pampuch for Chef's Night Off cooking class at Kitchen in the Market. I hope that you can be there with us for food, hands-on cooking, wine, and FUN!
Recipe for Celery Root Latkes at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine.
TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, is a full day of talks broken into three sessions—Issues, Impact, and Innovation—exploring the state of our food system and our progress toward sustainability.
Please join the Minnesota Food Bloggers for a webcast viewing of the morning session, live from New York City, on Saturday, January 21, 2012, followed by a discussion and reception sponsored by Minnesota Monthly Magazine.
Minnesota History Center Irvine Room
9:00- 9:30 am Registration
9:30-11:00 am TEDxManhattan morning session webcast
11:00 am -12:00 pm Talk/discussion with
Minnesota Valley Country Club Executive Chef,
host of In Search of Food (airing spring 2012), and
local food advocate Scott Pampuch
12:00 - 1:00 pm Reception
There is no charge for admission to the event. Parking is available in the Minnesota History Center lot for $5.00. REGISTER HERE. Hope to see you there!