Farm-to-Table w/ RGE RD & Riverbend Gardens

KevinBeef, Cooking w/ Fire, From Local Farms, Grilling w/ Fire, Kevin TV, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Riverbend Gardens, Smoking w/ Fire, Veg5 Comments

The last farm-to-table dinner I attended was a resounding success, and I’m not surprised Blair and his crew have done a few of these since then. By happenstance we ran into each other at the farmers’ market a couple weeks ago and I ended up involved with his upcoming dinner at Riverbend Gardens. He ended up buying the last half … Read More

Smoke-Day and My Current Smoking Setup

KevinCharcuterie, Cooking w/ Fire, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Ham, Kevin TV, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Smoking w/ Fire3 Comments

I’ve mentioned that on Pig Day I was slipping ham cuts and hocks into a big stock pot of prepped brine. Turns out that was a good idea. Just finished smoking those items, and they turned out really, really well. Heavily smoky, nice and salty with the classic pink-salt flavor and high-quality pork. Pretty much can’t go wrong there. Turns … Read More

Farm to Table w/ RGE RD & Nature’s Green Acres

KevinBeef, Cooking w/ Fire, From Local Farms, From Local Farms - The Series, Grilling w/ Fire, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Poultry, Regional Food, Veg11 Comments

Farm-to-table dining, while commonplace elsewhere, is still an extremely progressive concept in our restaurant scene. When one of the most well-respected chefs in the city, Blair Lebsack, mentioned he was going to tackle serving a multi-course dinner to 30-40 guests out in the cow pasture at Nature’s Green Acres, I wanted to be there. I find in the food service … Read More

Bacon Deserves Some Respect

KevinBacon, Charcuterie, Cooking w/ Fire, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Smoking w/ Fire, Wood Fired Oven Project7 Comments

I know, I write about bacon a lot. And I know, bacon’s so last year, right? Wrong. Putting bacon in all kinds of stupid stuff – that’s so last year. But top-shelf bacon is, and will be so long as man and pork collide, a force of awesomeness to be reckoned with. For those of you who have been paying … Read More