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Avery Yale Kamila
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Looking for alternative caterers

Started Dec 8, 2009

Do you hunt as a source of local meat?
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Plant food on the menu in Beantown

For my birthday (29 of course), my husband treated me to a weekend trip to Boston. A pleasant train ride from Portland and we were in the city of John Hancock and John Singleton Copley. Our first order of business was to check into The Lenox, my favorite place to stay in Boston. It's not only an impeccable boutique hotel with two bars and a restaurant, but a modern oasis offering up-to-date amenities and an industry-leading approach to conserving resources, employing energy efficiency and using natural cleaners. The rooms are stocked with recycling buckets (covered in a stylish rattan) and Aveda toiletries. Ours even came with a Pure Room air purifying system.


Here's one of the views from our corner suite, with the Old South Church on the left, the Public Library in the foreground and the Hancock Tower on the right.

While we were in town, we checked out the new treasure-filled Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts. Of course, we couldn't pass up the chance to eat in the New American Cafe in the glass enclosed courtyard.

On the busy weekends, it's a good idea to show up a little before noon if you don't want to wait for a seat in this light and airy restaurant. The current menu doesn't offer any all plant-based entrees, but I did order a lovely salad and an indulgent order of house-made potato chips.


The mixed greens came topped with cauliflower (stained pink from the vinaigrette), carrots, shallots and pecans. It was bright and refreshing.

This was just one of many memorable meals I enjoyed while in town.

Two of the restaurants we dined at serve up unique cuisine resulting from the blending of two exceptional food cultures. At Mumbai Chopstix on Newbury Street, we enjoyed the zesty fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine. While at The Elephant Walk on Beacon Street, we savored the mingling of Cambodian and French cookery. Both restaurants offer numerous vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Oddly enough, the spot where we found the most comprehensive plant-based menu was at a steakhouse. The Oak Room and Oak Bar are two opulent establishments inside The Fairmont Copley Plaza. At the start of the year, the luxury Fairmont hotel chain unveiled its new Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menu, which features vegan, raw, macrobiotic, and gluten-free dishes, at all its properties.

I chose the chickpea and roasted tomato dip with raw vegetables to start and selected the curry spiced tofu with Asian cabbage slaw, rice noodles and mango chutney for my entree. Both were excellent.


And for dessert, I savored this soy milk yogurt parfait, which proved a smooth finish to a very sweet trip.

Grazing on plant foods at Maine's Veg Food Fest

Maine's herbivores gathered yesterday for the annual celebration of plant-based cuisine that is the Vegetarian & Vegan Food Festival. Now in its sixth year, the event attracted hundreds of attendees and more than two dozen food vendors, vegetarian-focused businesses and animal rights nonprofits.

One of the most popular tables was staffed by Portland's premier vegetarian restaurant, the Green Elephant. Here co-owner Dan Sriprasert serves up free samples of fresh and fried spring rolls, while his team members offer up wontons, soy nuggets and stir fry.

The Vermont Soy booth also attracted a line with samples of tofu stir fry.

Maine Animal Coalition, the event sponsor, used a variety of donated products to create a Tofurky sandwich stand and a top-your-own baked potato bar, both of which attracted lines and positive reviews.

I enjoyed trying Dr. John's Brain-ola made by Little Lad's Bakery using Dr. John Herzog's recipe. Unlike other granolas, it's not coated in sweetener. We couldn't resit buying a bag to bring home.

David Homa who owns Kzeloumsen Permaculture Gardens presented a lush display highlighting his edible landscaping services. I love the fact that he included these gorgeous rocks in his design. He tells me he and Eli Cayer are cooking up an interesting project, which I hope to check out soon. If I get the scoop, I'll be sure to share it in my Natural Foodie column in the Portland Press Herald.

Once again, the festival proved to be another stellar event showcasing the diverse ways to enjoy plant-based meals in Maine. It's great to know that eating low on the food chain is so easy here in the pine tree state.

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Feb 22, 2010
Avery Yale Kamila posted a discussion

Looking for alternative caterers

I'm writing a column for next week's Food & Dining section of the Portland Press Herald that will feature caterers who offer party food that differs from the standard fare of bacon-wrapped scallops and beef teriyaki. I'm looking for Maine companies that specialize in alternative diets, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar, raw or vegan. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear about them. You can reach me at akamila@pressherald.com or 791-6297.
Dec 8, 2009
Argyle Acres replied to Avery Yale Kamila's discussion Do you hunt as a source of local meat?
"Yes, I do."
Oct 21, 2009
Pearson's Town Farm replied to Avery Yale Kamila's discussion Do you hunt as a source of local meat?
"i have hunted (for food not sport) since i have been able to hold a bow. It is a long tradition in our family. In many ways we see it as not only a way to obtain local meet, but to move back into a life style that is more in sync with the rhythm of…"
Oct 20, 2009

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Where in Maine do you live and eat?
Portland
What issues are you or your group interested or expert in?
farmland protection, organics, health and nutrition, food justice, farm to school, school gardens, home gardens, community gardens, food and faith, hunger and local foods access, farm to institution, farm to restaurant, CSAs, farmers' markets, local foods marketing and distribution, food coops, GM-free seeds and genetics
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I produce foods only for my own and my family's consumption
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I grew up on an organic farm and write about local food every week in my Natural Foodie column which appears in the Wednesday Portland Press Herald. I can never get enough of the amazing flavor of Maine-grown food! Email me at akamila@pressherald.com or call me at 791-6297. I'm always looking for information to share with our readers about new natural food businesses and upcoming food-related events.
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At 3:52pm on August 29, 2009, Connie Otero said…
Hi Avery, I've been enjoying your blog this past year. I've got it listed under the blog roll on my page. Congratulations on your column...looking forward to keeping up with that too. Thanks for giving me your view of Portland.
Continued success,
Connie
At 12:55pm on December 22, 2008, Marsha Dawson said…
Avery, hi,
The Portland kitchen is rather expensive. I went to Pineland Farms and the previous mgr dismissed me out of hand. The next mgr was better but his su-perior said that couldn't happen at this time . . . ? The best comm kitchen so far for price and equipment, e.g. ovens, is the one at Unity. It's just $50/day and that day runs from 4A-11P! Problem is I'd need to be living there to make it feasible.
Oh, and the one at Dragonfly Cove Farm is too expensive too.

Enjoy the season, Marsha
At 1:33pm on August 20, 2008, Marsha Dawson said…
Hi Avery,
Yep, I am looking for something closer. I had a look at the Portland one--"ask for the 'cheese-lady'" I was told. AND, funnily enough, I went to Pineland Farms Market yesterday with some samples of my humous (however it's spelled) and bread. They know I'm looking for a commercial kitchen but didn't say anything. Either, it didn't occur to them or their kitchen is too busy. Please don't let all this negativity put you off. Your suggestions could have been useful. In the meantime, I'm going to Dragonfly Cove FArm, Marge Kilkenny's place, to see her kitchen.
Thanks, Marsha
At 5:46pm on March 5, 2008, Local Sprouts Cooperative said…
Avery,
We'd love to talk to you about doing an article on Local Sprouts Cooperative Catering. Our mission is to provide creative local and organic food to people and non-profit organizations in Maine and to Grow opportunities for youth, elders and immigrants to holistically learn through cooking food for our community.
in food, Jonah Local Sprouts 899-9607
 
 
 

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