Slowly but surely: Celebrating local food

Diners
Diners enjoyed the locally grown feast in support of Slow Food Martha's Vineyard. Photos by Susan Safford

Posted July 26, 2007

The summer Slow Food potluck dinner was held at the Ag Hall on July 21. As part of Slow Food USA, Slow Food Martha's Vineyard is part of a worldwide movement and eco-gastronomic, non-profit organization, advocating locally grown food. Diners were treated to Jessica B. Harris, a culinary historian and author, as guest speaker. Her latest book is "The Martha's Vineyard Table," which includes recipes from the Portuguese, African-American, and Wampanoag communities on the Island.

The potluck diners enjoyed food with at least one ingredient locally grown. Businesses donated dishes, such as the Net Result's smoked bluefish and bluefish paté, yogurt made with Mermaid Farm's milk, and Richard's Bread Company's rosemary loaf.

Jessica B. Harris
Author Jessica B. Harris spoke on the diversity of food markets around the world, and presented her newest book, "The Martha's Vineyard Table."
Tom Berry
Tom Berry of M.V. Shellfish Group served some of the several raw bar delights: oysters, little necks, and quahogs from three Island growers, -Jack Blake, Roy Scheffer, and Scott Castro. All were caught locally, but not from Sengekontacket Pond, which is closed to shell fishing.
Adrian Higgins with his wife, Meg, and son Hayden
Adrian Higgins with his wife, Meg, and son Hayden.
Vegetables
One of the many appetizer plates, filled with locally grown produce.