FRESH Week, Farm to Table Dinners in Boston and Cambridge, June 7 to 17

I noticed FRESH the movie yet since I wrote recently about Food Beware, An Organic French Food Revolution by Jean Paul Jaud which covers some of the same ground in France, I decided to pay attention to satellite events around the film.

It just happens that on June 1st, Boston kicks off its FRESH Week with Perspectives on Local Food: An Evening Celebrating Youth Growers from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in Function Room of Suffolk University Law School.

When the subject is food, can anything beat tasting it rather than intellectualizing about it.

During FRESH Week Boston which oddly stretches until June 17 and also offers events in Cambridge, you can treat yourself to Farm to Table Dinners at 5 restaurants.

Here are the menu options:

  • At Henrietta's Table June 7 - June 17, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 10 PM (One Bennett St. Cambridge), Chef Peter Davis offers his Yard Sale Menu
Two courses, plus one side, and a FRESH movie ticket for $35 per person, or three courses, plus one side for $42 per person.
  • For one day only, Monday, June 14 from 5:30 PM to 10 PM Ten Tables (597 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston) offers a 4 course menu for $42 per person
Each dish will feature Allandale Farm's product.  They will also be paired with 4 Spring Harvest Wines.  Jim Buckle from Allandale will be on site that evening to answer any questions.
  • Then Tuesday, June 15 2010 from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, RendezVous (502 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge), chef/owner Steve Johnson will create a 3-course menu (appetizer, main course, dessert) featuring produce of Verrill Farm. The Verrills will be present to chat with guests.  Advance reservations are required. Price is $40 per person.
  • I conclude with a Whole Animal contribution by Craigie on Main on Wednesday, June 16 2010 from 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM (853 Main Street Cambridge)
Be ready for a "Nose to Tail" meat dishes as well as "fin to gills" fish preparations, all of which use unusual cuts prepared with Craigie's signature "refined rusticity." Selections could include: Grilled Dayboat Monkfish or Cod Cheeks, Vermont Beef 3 Ways (Oxtail, Cheek,and Short Rib) and Vermont Organic Pork or Lamb Three Ways: Spice-Crusted Rib, Crispy Suckling Confit, and Grilled Belly.  The menu is not finalized yet. Price for this feast is $80 per person.

I left out Coda Bar and Kitchen whose entry did not feel that special to me.

Included in the price of your meal at all restaurants is a ticket for FRESH the movie.

Hope you can sustain a week of delectable food.

Send us your impressions in words and pictures if you are lucky enough to attend any-many of these dinners.

Don't have time or can't afford the dinner scene, consolation prize is
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$10 admission also includes ticket for Fresh screening.

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