Plant, Pray, Love - a Farm-to-Table dinner co-sponsored by Hadassah Capital District and Temple Israel was held Sunday August 11.
Chef Michael Lapi from The Chefs Consortium used local produce to create a farm fresh salad, a caprese with croutons, cucumber salad with fennel, cauliflower and green onions and a pasta salad with fresh corn, green beans, roasted beets, swiss chard and broccoli. Beer from Shmaltz Brewery was flowing and David's Slingshot- a summer lager was definitely the favorite. Dessert was graciously donated by Bowman Orchards and consisted of just picked early apples dipped in chocolate. The panel, moderated by Rabbi Eligberg and including Rabbi Debora Gordon, Deanna Fox (a local food blogger) and Chef Michael Lapi, discussed the relationship of farm-to-table and Judaism, tips and reasons on how and why to by local, and included many ideas on how to make small steps to start your own garden. As panelist Deanna Fox said, start with a pot of basil, it's the gate-way drug. There were over 75 people in attendance and even Congressman Paul Tonko stopped by to taste the food and shake hands. We hear the concept has inspired possible personal and community side projects.