Beginning a new year always seems to have us looking back, as well as forward. As I look back – way back – I can’t help recalling all those great holiday seasons from childhood. One of the best treats of the season was always Mom’s homemade peanut brittle and the sweet smell throughout our home. Small wonder I started hanging out in the kitchen at such a young age.
Of course, I also can’t help but laugh as I recall my first glass of wine. Sadly, like so many young people, that first glass of wine was – you guessed it – Cold Duck. I’ve come a long way since then. Maybe it was the Cold Duck experience that launched my quest for fine wines, so much so that I’ve dedicated my life to becoming not just chef, but also Master Sommelier. I want to make sure the food I prepare is paired with the perfect wine.
As I narrow my look back and focus just on 2012, I can’t help but be pleased with all that we at Local 127 accomplished this year. Certainly, we’ve increased the awareness and importance of local food sourcing. I believe we really are at the center of Greater Cincinnati’s local movement, evidenced by the 2012 Snail of Approval Award we received from Slow Food Cincinnati.
Our Sunday evening local dinners have allowed us to showcase some of our region’s best local growers and producers. We really enjoyed partnering for these dinners with Carriage House Farm and Napolean Ridge Farm. Trips to “the holler” and Woodlands Farm with our local farm expert Justin Dean left us even more enthusiastic about Woodlands pork and continually energized our culinary creativity.
The Chefs Collaborative in Seattle was also a highlight of 2012. The opportunity to be among more than 300 sustainability-minded chefs and food professionals from all over the US was incredible. I was especially appreciative of the quiet conversation I was able to have with New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl as happenstance had us sharing a cab.
But the best of 2012 was definitely serving our appreciative and supportive customers at Local 127. Knowing that each of you shares our commitment to local sourcing and that you appreciate the difference it makes in the food we serve is what we’re all about here.
I want to thank each and every one of you you for your patronage and your support of Local 127 and the local food movement; and, for making our 2012 such a great year. So, here’s to you. All of us at Local 127 wish you a Very Happy, Healthy & Local 2013.