Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Deborah Madison at Local Roots

Last night we welcomed a special guest to Local Roots: Deborah Madison, chef and cookbook author known for such titles as The Savory Way and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and, of course, Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets.

Madison spoke first at The College of Wooster's Wellness Series, talking about how food and culture intertwine. Reviewing the history of "American" food from the immigrants to today's local foods movement, she explored how the process of growing your own food or buying from local producers you know and trust brings more pleasure to the act of cooking meals at home -- and of enjoying them.

After the reception on campus, Dan Dean -- coordinator for the Wellness Series -- brought Madison to Local Roots for a members-only reception at the market. Volunteers provided savory mushroom pate, crackers from local grains, spiced nuts, and decadent desserts using local ingredients.

Members of the steering committee gave Madison a tour of the market building and answered her enthusiastic questions. She repeatedly expressed her delight with what Local Roots members have organized, and she even purchased a few things from our producer members! She shared her support for our work and hoped to be able to spread the word further, promoting Local Roots as an example of what the local foods movement can do to change the food system.

We're thrilled that Deborah Madison was able to come and visit -- thanks to everyone who made the evening such a success!

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