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Farms, Food, and Friends” Dinner on Oct. 28- Delicious!

A big thank you to all who supported and enjoyed Carteret Local Food Network’s dinner series “Farms, Food, and Friends” again this year! We enjoyed four dinners with seasonal local foods, talented Chef’s preparing our fresh meals, while dining at local farms in Carteret County. Please stay tuned for our next season in 2019 and more FFF dinners to come!

“Farms, Food, and Friends” Dinner on Oct. 28- Delicious!

Mark Krcmar delighted our palates with an amazing feast of earthy and delicious foods on October 28 for our final dinner for this year.  Many thanks to you Mark, as you continue to share your creativity with food & talents!

Mark was born in New Jersey to two refugee parents.  This refugee background has affected him profoundly, especially his relationship to food as a cultural touchstone.  His mom was ousted from Indonesia during the civil war there, and dad escaped from communist Czechoslovakia, both in the mid 1950s.

“That food touched me deeply as a way to connect with my family’s culture.  I became very interested in this new, interesting cuisine. Over the years, I developed a passion for cooking, mostly global foods.  I picked my mom’s memory of foods from her childhood routinely. I began to cook for events. I took cooking classes in Southeast Asia, South and Central America, Europe and the U.S. I collect cookbooks and have read, cover to cover, over 100 of them, mostly international.  I am not a professional chef, but I continue to make the preparation of food a big part of my life. I am in the process of launching Mark’s Slow Fire Roastery, a small batch food company.”

Served were tomatoes from Tim Klaumann of ‘Green Tree Road Farm’ roasted and stuffed with fresh cheeses atop a bed of local microgreens from Ryan Willets of ‘Harlowe Custom Microgreens’.  They were topped with a sweet and spicy pecan streusel from Mark’s Slow Fire Roastery (New Bern) and a pepper jelly drizzle.  Our main course was Berkshire pork escabeche braised in sherry vinegar, garlic, toasted coriander and cumin, raisins, local onions and carrots from Rainbow Meadow Farms (Greene County).

Rainbow chard sautéed with local sweet onions, was served beside NC grits with Ashe County Cheese Mountain Cheddar, garlic and just a dash of hot sauce- finished with garlic infused heavy cream reduction and lemon zest croutons made from Famous Baking Company’s (New Bern) rustic white bread.  Delicious!

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Denise Greer of “Celebration Cottage” on Atlantic Beach, finished us off with her award winning and well-loved Fresh Carrot Cake.  Truly it was the best I’d ever had!  Thank you so much Denise and hope to see you at the “Celebration Cottage” in the near future.

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