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CB030317Our apologies for being so quiet this week. Maybe it’s the rain. Anyway, looks like the sogginess will stop in time for Mother’s Day, so take her out, or buy some food and cook for a change! (I should talk.)

Here’s a round-up of some of the food stuff happening. Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details.

Friday, May 8th:

  • Brad’s Raw Chips Launching Party, 6 – 9 pm, The R.A.T. Gallery, Gardenville. Gotta love Brad’s Raw Veggie Chips, especially when they’ll be serving wine too! Stop by for a munch. 
  • Wine Concert Series at Shady Brook Farm,  6 – 9 pm, Yardley. Weather permitting. Free admission. Idlewoodsmen will be the musical entertainment.
  • Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 6 – 11 pm, El Mariachi Restaurant, Plumsteadville. Salsa dancing lessons. Hola!
  • Wine Tasting for Singles, 7 – 9 pm, Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing. Meet someone special AND sound intelligent about wine.

Saturday, May 9th:

  • Doylestown Farmers’ Market, 7 am – Noon, Doylestown 
  • 2nd Annual “Breakfast on the Bridge,” 9 am – 12 pm, South Perkasie Covered  Bridge, Perkasie. Eat sausage and “support” a local covered bridge. Yum. 
  • Wrightstown Farmers’ Market, 10 – 11 am, “limited” market, Wrightstown. Regular market begins May 23rd.
  • Mother’s Day Tea, 11 am – 1 pm, St. John United Church of Christ, Riegelsville
  • Wine Tasting for Moms, 12 pm – 3 pm, Crossing Vineyards, Washington Crossing. Like Mom needs an excuse to drink…
  • Roast Beef Dinner, 3 – 7 pm, Plumsteadville Fire Co., Plumsteadville.
  • The Politics of Food with “Christina Cooks,” 3:30 – 5:30 pm, with Christina Pirello, Doylestown Hospital Health & Wellness Center, Warrington
  • Film & Discussion: “The Garden,” 5 – 9 pm, ACME Screening Room, Lambertville.  
  • Mother’s Day Weekend at Chaddsford Winery, 10 am – 6 pm, Chaddsford Winery Tasting Room & Wine Shop, Lahaska (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Mother’s Day Celebration Weekend, Noon – 5 pm, Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ (Saturday & Sunday)

Sunday, May 10th:

  • Breakfast at Upper Black Eddy Fire Co, 7:30 am – Noon, Upper Black Eddy.42-15654210
  • Breakfast at Richland Township Fire and Rescue, 8 am – 1 pm, Quakertown.
  • Breakfast at Hartsville Fire Company, 8 am – 12 pm, Hartsville Fire Company, Warminster.
  • Breakfast at Silverdale Fire Company, 8 am – 1 pm, Silverdale.
  • Breakfast at Graeme Park, 10 am – 1 pm, Graeme Park, Horsham.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend at Chaddsford Winery, 10 am – 6 pm, Chaddsford Winery Tasting Room & Wine Shop, Lahaska (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Sunday Funday: Mother’s Day Festival, Shady Brook Farm, Noon – 4 pm, Yardley
  • Mother’s Day Celebration Weekend, Noon – 5 pm, Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Mother’s Day Tea, 2 pm, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Trenton, NJ

Have a sweet weekend!

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Slow Food Bucks County is hosting a Valentine’s Day tasting event of Kallari Chocolate, an Ecuadorian Fair Trade company that produces chocolate from the cacao they grow. The event will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 14th at the Northampton Library, located at 32 Upper Holland Road, Richboro.

As Kimberly Kaufmann, Leader of Slow Food Bucks County, explains:

Ordinarily, ‘Fair Trade’ chocolate is made by large North American and European owned companies that pay a fee to a third party to be certified. Cacao beans used by conventional chocolate companies are warehoused or stored for years before they become chocolate. During this time, the beans are exposed to insects, worms, mold, and fungus all of which reduce the potency of the antioxidants and polyphenol compounds.

By purchasing Kallari Chocolate, Kaufmann says, consumers are taking a giant leap ahead of standard Fair Trade practices. Buying directly from the producer achieves higher income for all the local farmers involved.

Kallari Chocolate (pronounced kai-YAH-ri) produces chocolate from cacao beans harvested by a cooperative of Quichua farmers. A profile in the New York Times gives more background about this unique enterprise:

The cooperative uses an unusual blend of cacaos that grow on the Quichua land — fruity Cacao Amazónico, nutty Criollo, Forastero Amazónico, Tipo Trinitario and, most important, a rare variety that flourishes around their homes, Cacao Nacional.

“They have a certain smell and taste that is herbal, flowery but also savory, like black pepper,” Tomas Keme, a Swiss chocolate expert who consults for Kallari, said of the Cacao Nacional beans. “It’s the same taste I find in a Californian cabernet.”

So join us and other Bucks County chocoholics on Saturday, February 14th. There will be a member of the Quichua present to explain the Kallari operation and plenty of chocolate to taste. Slow Food Bucks County is asking for donations of $10 per person to pay for the Quichua family member’s travel expenses to the US.

RSVPs would be greatly appreciated at bucksslowfood@comcast.net.

Think of it as doing good AND eating chocolate. Kaufmann puts it best when she says,

By paying a bit more for a little taste of heaven, end-consumers of Kallari chocolate play a small role in increasing the standard of living in a developing nation, and are in return rewarded with a higher quality product.

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I was never sure about this Thanksgiving. All along I’d imagined a big, warm gathering, our first Thanksgiving in our new home. I could see and feel it, even when reality kept blocking the view.

Then one September Saturday morning, as we walked through the Wrightstown Farmer’s Market, we took the plunge and put down a deposit on a “happy turkey,” a free range turkey from The Happy Farm in Kintersville. Along the lines of, if you order it, they will come, I guess. At the time we had no guests or plans. But we were hopeful. And then Mark’s sister and family said they would come down from Boston. With my parents, and Mark’s cousin, Ruthie, that would make ten. We also kept inviting people – who weren’t sure if they could, or not, maybe, depending on…

A few weeks later I read an article about a Thanksgiving meal made of all locally grown and bought ingredients. Well, that shouldn’t be too difficult here, I thought. Mark and I had been talking about starting Bucks County Taste; this could be my first blog post. And now we had guests. I was set (just give me a goal). On to the menu.

Ah yes. Next challenge. In the beginning of November we decided it was time to shed a few pounds. Well, more than a few. Mark has had success on Atkins, so we started doing it. How was this going to impact my Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving? Hmmn. No stuffing, no sweet potatoes, no yummy desserts. And, in all fairness, could we really impose this on our family and friends? “Yes we can” seemed an appropriate phrase. Oh, it won’t be so bad.

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