What Does ‘Farm-to-Table’ Really Mean?

Farm-to-Table Food Doesn't Necessarily Mean Organic or Non-GMO Over the past decade, thanks to books like Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories and documentaries like Food Inc. and That Sugar Film, more and more consumers have begun to question where and how their food is grown. In response, the food, event catering and restaurant industries are rushing to evolve to meet this need for “real food” which has come to include farm to table, organic food, and foods free of genetically modified ingredients. The so-called Farm-to-Table movement began with the goal of eliminating as many steps as possible between the farmer and the consumer. However, there are two distinct views as to what Farm-to-Table actually means. Traditional Farm to Table This is the most literal definition of the term. Caterers and restaurants who offer traditional Farm-to-Table meals will: Purchase food that is locally grown, often within a set radius such as 100 or 200 miles. Change their menus with the seasons, since only seasonally available produce is used. Use organic foods as much as possible. (This depends on the chef.) Many of the best catering businesses and restaurants follow this practice. Pragmatic Farm to Table Other chefs are less...

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How to Pick Fresh Fruit & Veggies at a Farmer’s Market

The Benefits of Using Local Produce When Catering Events  Our commitment to using locally grown food enables us to provide nutritious and delicious results when event catering in the Bay Area and surrounding neighborhoods. Thanks to the many farmer’s markets across the region, every meal we prepare offers a fresh and unique appeal that is specific to great California cuisine. For large parties that require corporate catering in the Bay Area, our chef makes multiple stops to the farmer’s market so that the quality of food remains high, and does not take on a “commercialized” taste. While we are trained to know what to look for when selecting food at a farmer’s market, more often than not, people go to the farmer’s market unaware of the best things to purchase and avoid. We have put together a short, comprehensive list so you can know exactly to look for (and avoid) the next time you visit the local farmer’s market: Bell Peppers Surprisingly, green bell peppers have as many antioxidants as their red and yellow siblings, but tend to be cheaper. Why not “go green,” and save a few extra dollars? Your pocket-book will thank you, and you’ll still enjoy almost an equal amount of nutritional...

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The Purpose of Eating Seasonally

Healthy Bay Area Catering Tips Between searching for the best catering in the Bay Area to throw a grand party for your parent’s 50th anniversary; or exploring wedding catering options to help with your best friend’s upcoming nuptials, you've probably been hearing a lot of hype about “seasonal eating.” What is this trend, exactly? What are the advantages?   Here's the basic idea: you prepare and eat foods that are appropriate and that grow best during a particular season. In the summer, for instance, snack on sun-ripened fruits like blackberries and cherries. In the fall, use gourds like pumpkin and squash. Etc. This philosophy may sound somewhat trendy, but we actually evolved to eat this way. In fact, only for the last 150 years (give or take) have we had the luxury to eat “non-seasonally,” because our transportation, refrigeration, and international commerce systems allowed us to defy nature.   But there are some very good reasons to return to a seasonal eating paradigm. 1. You can find the freshest, most flavorful ingredients at great prices. Let's say you're fond of eating local strawberries. You'll get a better and cheaper selection now than you will in the middle of winter. The foods you eat seasonally will have been freshly plucked from...

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