Only one bite, I swear.
I’m easily tricked by attractive food with great local pick-up lines like, "It’s artisanal tofu made right up in Traverse City, dressed in a soy honey glaze…"
Artisanal? Traverse City? My mind focused on those words and onto my plate went the soy-covered soy.
It really wasn’t all that great, so I really did only have one bite, but thanks to Twitter and Donielle, my blogger foodie "date" for tonight’s Fork Fest here in Grand Rapids, the world was quickly alerted:
Can you believe that @kitchenstew ate soy covered in soy?! #forkfest instagr.am/p/Q8NlXlKBME/
Fork Fest was Local First’s celebration of the completion of the 10×10 Eat Local Challenge, which I have shared about before (goal: to move $10 of your food budget to local foods/producers/restaurants each week for 10 weeks). Over 1000 people took the pledge, and I think all of them got a goat cheese truffle from Dancing Goat Creamery but me.
Lesson: Always eat dessert first when you’re at a local foods event. It’s mostly healthy anyway.
Lesson no. 2: Skip the soy-covered soy and double back for the truffles!
If you’re in the Grand Rapids/West Michigan area, seriously – put this one on your "must-attend" list for next fall.
Romence Gardens greenhouse was simply filled with local restaurants, farms, breweries, creameries, grocery stores and food artisans with samples of their culinary delights.
It didn’t take long for me to announce, "I’m overstuffing myself tonight and I’m not even going to apologize for it!" I get pretty jazzed up in a group of people appreciating local, artisan, and consciously-raised food.
Check out my double decker action:
Those plates include lamb from S&S with goat cheese on top and some sort of spicy Asian dish that was amazing from the Winchester, pumpkin chili from Derby Station, artisanal sausage from Link Love, pickled veggie bruschetta from Farm Link (maybe?), and hiding back behind there is a raspberry hard apple cider from Brewery Vivant, who also served this:
I said to Donielle, "I have to take anything with duck in the name. Not something I make at home!"
And this soup was also incredible, from Amore Trattoria Italiana:
My first plate included buffalo sauce twisted mac and cheese from the Twisted Rooster, butternut soup from Brann’s (wow), raw and artisanal cheese from Grassfield’s and Lubber’s Cowslip Creamery, carrot-ginger soup from Green Well, bread pudding from Graydon’s Crossing, Little Rooster crackers, and kale Caesar salad from Trillium Haven.
Don’t wake me for breakfast tomorrow…I think I’m stuffed until lunch.
Thanks to Local First for putting together an awesome event! Where else could I go to an event to eat local food (and avoid doing dishes at home) and leave with a basil plant, 4 dozen pastured eggs that I purchased, and a note to self to nominate my favorite local farmer for a Slow Food "Snail of Approval?"
It was my kind of night.
(What’s That About Soy?)
For those who haven’t been around here much, I know I’ll have to answer this question in the comments anyway. Here’s why I don’t usually get caught with soy – covered or covering – on my plate:
- Soy is over 90% genetically modified.
- Soy has phytoestrogenic compounds.
- Soy is high in phytates.
- Soy is also high in the inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.
- Unfermented soy was never a part of any culture’s traditional diet, only fermented soy is.
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
Disclosure: I am a media sponsor of the 10×10 challenge, and for my help in promoting, I got to go to Fork Fest for free. I would have paid the entrance fee in a second though – kids are free all the time, so maybe I’ll take mine next year! See my full disclosure statement here.