Friday, October 1, 2010
Food Rule Number Seven: Support Local Purveyors.
Yes! Eating at Redfish ,overlooking the bay in Port Orford, has become one of our weekly excursions. Their offerings change almost weekly, and use local products. Valley Flora Farm (where I picked my berries for the cobblers in my previous post) provides the greens. Sweet Ranch provides the meats. The wines come from many sources, including many Oregon wineries.
If you want to continue to eat great food, served in great surroundings, you need to support these businesses. The local chefs depend on you. So, make a point to support and encourage local talent.
Hubby and I tend to eat out on a regular basis for two reasons. One, I like to try new things. Second, I get inspired when I see what talented chefs prepare. My cooking improves; the business stays solvent; my mood and stomach appreciate the change of pace.
So, go on out and splurge, now and then! Chefs spend many years honing their skills; they, in turn, develop relationships with local purveyors, the ranchers and farmers that provide the meats and greens that are served to you. Everyone benefits!