Locavores Unite!

March 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm (associations, food, Networking, Sustainability) (, , , )

SBN ALLocal Dinner at The Independent in Somerville, MA

I am caught up in the momentum of the “farm-to-table” movement.  I like knowing where my food came from and appreciate that I’m going right to the (local) source, skipping the middleman.

I recently attended the Somerville ALLocal Dinner (March 15, 2010) organized by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston.  All ingredients were locally sourced and produced from farms in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Prince Edward’s Island.  The organizers and the restaurant team at the Independent in Union Square, Somerville, MA did an amazing job, especially considering the difficulty of sourcing locally in mid-March in New England.

I started the night with some respectable Massachusetts wines (Nantucket Vineyard’s “Sailor’s Delight” Sirah/Viognier, and Westport Vineyards Pinot Blanc) paired with select Vermont artisanal cheeses.  There was also a lengthy list of Massachusetts beers, which I didn’t try on this night, but I do love local brews and can get them any time locally (Martignetti’s, on Soldier’s Field Road, is the Mecca of all distributors)!

The four courses included a Salad of Local Greens, with des nuages artisanal curd & cider mustard vinaigrette; Dave’s fresh New England root vegetable ravioli tossed with arugula in brown butter mushroom sauce; New England bouillabaisse with Maine beauty tomatoes, Maine blue mussels, New England shrimp & Massachusetts ocean perch (there was a vegan option that I didn’t even glance at); and a dessert of Christina’s Maple Ice Cream with Somerville maple syrup infused whipped cream.

The conversations were lively amongst the great company of enthusiast and local food leaders.  The people here value where there food comes from, and are interested in learning and sharing about local agriculture.  I found a great resource – the Sustainable Table – which suggest: “The easiest way to start buying local is the choose one product to focus on.

Learn more about the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston, and mark your calendar for the Local food Festival 2010.

I met some great enthusiasts representing organizations that I’d like to mention:

Somerville ALLocal Dinner Local Farms
The Sustainable Business Leader Program
Organic Renaissance
Hostelling International
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Bin Ends Wine




  1. Somerville ALLocal Dinner Sourced Farms « Food for Thought… said,

    […] My thoughts on the 3/15/2010 ALLocal Dinner. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Homemade Fresh Ricotta […]

  2. Linda Odineca said,

    I think you should come to Phantom Gourmet’s Wine and Food Expo on the 10th of April. There will be lots of things to blog about there!

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