Last Thursday evening, we hosted our final workshop of the year with Jonathan Lewis of Pastoral Plate. Jonathan started the evening with a poem, and shared his stories and experiences in tracking down the answer to the not-so-simple question, “Where does this food come from?”Jonathan’s goal at Pastoral Plate is to support farmers and producers, and demystify the complicated chain of farm to table. Farm to table isn’t so simple, nor is it very stable for small producers in the Bay Area.
Jonathan’s efforts to understand our precarious food economy has lead Pastoral Plate to join the slow money movement and engage in small scale farm investments to help support local producers, which you can read about here. Jonathan’s partner Deborah prepared a lovely braised lamb and olive dish for everyone to sample at the end of Jonathan’s discussion.
As I mentioned previously, this workshop was different than most of our past skill-based workshops. Instead of a demonstration, this workshop was a discussion,
and the group was very engaging and asked thoughtful questions throughout. Another attendee posted a wonderful write up on our workshop over at Spice Dish.
This concludes our workshop series for 2011, but if you’d like to learn about previous workshops, check out this link for earlier posts on my collaboration with Pot + Pantry.