Homegrown Revival & in.gredients: December Pop Up Dinner
We were all at the Homegrown Revival dinner because we love food. This was apparent as the big smiles mingled with the occasional gasps and applause when the food was presented.
Started in Austin, the Homegrown Revival exists to educate, inspire and get people talking about local, farm grown food. Using community building events such as pop up dinners, they gather people together to enjoy a meal prepared by Austin’s own Sonya Cote – owner of the Hillside Farmacy.
These pop up dinners feature all things local. The dinner hosted at in.gredients last night featured produce from Tecolote farm while the meat was hunted and prepared by Tink, the Revival’s outfitter.
When you have a dinner that is sourced from nearby, you get to know its story. Before digging into the plate of heavenly scented duck and deer, we learned exactly where the meat came from, and got to shake hands with the hunter.
We’ve come to the conclusion that local tastes better.
Living in the urban farm hub that is Austin, chef Sonya Cote takes the idea of farm-to-table dining to a whole new level. As a nationally recognized chef, Sonya’s food is breathtaking (in every sense of the word). When you eat one of her creations, you can taste the thought, energy and understanding that went into the dish. I had no idea that a cauliflower gratin could taste that amazing. During the dinner, five courses were served, family style, over two hours. This invited people to meet and share in all things delicious.
Food really does bring people together, and with organizations like the Homegrown Revival you get to discover what local tastes like on a whole new level. With monthly pop-up dinners, as well as a variety of other events, there is always something to look forward to. You can find more information about the organization here, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter so you can jump on a ticket when the next dinner is announced.