Farmer + Cookbook + Library = Cooking Demo. Last night I had the honor to be hosted by the Portage District Library for a Meet the Chef food demo co-sponsored by Fair Food Matters. As a life-long foodie it was great to be able to speak with other enthusiastic foodies about our passion for cooking with locally grown seasonal foods.
I have to say I couldn’t have done it without Val. She has chopped so many onions she was dreaming about them in her sleep. In the late afternoon, while chopping and sipping a Manhattan, she commented that she would forever associate the two together. Val was always there, behind the scenes, being supportive and calming. She collected and washed dirty dishes between sessions, replaced table clothes, stirred and served soup. I have never felt so loved. Putting on the demo was a culmination of a very busy year for us. We prepared 3 soups for over 70 people: Cannellini Bean, Curried Pumpkin and Harvest Minestrone.
Since this was my first food demo, I was feeling both nervous and excited. Looking back it all seems like a blur, but I do remember that once I started talking about our farm, and how it has changed my life, I relaxed and simply shared what I have come to love: growing and cooking fresh seasonal food.
After the demo was finished, three soups were served, while I signed cookbooks. I was warmed by the positive feedback on our offerings and was fortunate enough to sell 26 cookbooks! Marsha Meyer the Adult Services Librarian asked if I would be interested in returning in April for another demo. Even though they are a tremendous amount of work, I couldn’t resist. Val’s just happy it isn’t next week!
“To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.” –Laurie Colwin