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

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

Meat Law

KevinButchering Beef, Butchering Game Meats, Butchering Pork6 Comments

I am not a lawyer. Did I mention I’m not a lawyer? Sadly, I feel apprehensive to discuss law as it implies somebody will misinterpret this, act upon it [ie, do something stupid], and point to me as the source of their lack of awesomeness. Yeah, don’t do that please. I’m addressing this topic to try to share some of … Read More

From Local Farms – Sunworks Farm

KevinBeef, Eggs, From Local Farms, From Local Farms - The Series, Kevin TV, Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Regional Food, Sunworks Farm, Sunworks Farm, Sunworks Farm, Sunworks Farm, Sunworks Farm10 Comments

My time with Ron Hamilton of Sunworks Farm left me drowning in fascinating content – making this the most challenging edit to date. Ron and Sheila have been at this game longer than all the others I’ve covered so far, and have achieved a level of success in the organics business that places them as leaders in their industry. Being … Read More

FROM LOCAL FARMS – Nature’s Green Acres

KevinBeef, From Local Farms, From Local Farms - The Series, Kevin TV, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Poultry, Regional Food23 Comments

Shannon & Danny Ruzicka at Nature’s Green Acres are pretty tough not to like, their kids are cute, their farm is neat, their dog is gentle, their land is gorgeous. But tossing all that bias aside, how they raise their beef, chicken, and pork is truly remarkable. Clearly heavily influenced by Joel Salatin [If you haven’t watched Food Inc, you … Read More

From Local Farms Project Update

KevinBeef, Dairy, From Local Farms, Grains, Pork, Poultry, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese3 Comments

This project is getting pretty big pretty fast, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Starting in September, I’m going to have a blog-doc-short episode featuring each of the following biggest and brightest talents in local artisan food production – and the list is growing daily: Sunworks Farm, Nature’s Green Acres,  Smoky Valley Goat Cheese, En Santé Winery, Serben Free Range, … Read More

4 Wines & A Plate – Cabernet Sauvignon

Kevin4 Wines and A Plate, Beef, WineLeave a Comment

Texture was the hot topic of conversation – where on the mouth it stripped you of saliva, stuffed your face full of cotton balls, or made your teeth feel like they were dissolving. Loads of fruit, loads of odd-ball descriptors, and overall high average scores. The ringer was a pleaser, offering tremendous QPR. Buy it. Preferences were all over the … Read More