Friday, September 2, 2011

Local, Seasonal and Memorable

I had dinner out last week, at a restaurant that features local, sustainable foods. Dinner was excellent and captured the essence of the seasonal foods that will soon be gone and unfortunatley the fleeing summer.

My girlfriends treated me for my birthday at In Season in South Minneapolis. It was a warm, not humid, breezy evening and the reason many of us put up with winter in MN! We sat outside to savor the evening. When we first saw the limited menu, I was concerned that the entrees were different than what we normally see and our choices were limited. We all started with "Fried Squash Blossom", filled with ricotta and mint, lightly battered and served with tomato aioli. The delicate squash blossom contrasted nicely with the spicy garlicky aioli.

For a main course I opted to have "Braised Pork Crepinette with Tomato, Creamy Polenta and Swiss Chard". A mound of shredded pork was wrapped in Swiss chard and baked, and served on top of polenta with a San Marzano tomato sauce. I noticed that all plates were clean when clean when the server removed them!

The chef sent out a salad course "he's perfecting" and we thought he had it right. It was heirloom tomatoes and tender kernels of sweet corn in a mild balsamic vinaigrette topped with cucumber sorbet. What a treat.

We ended the evening with two unconstructed desserts, Peach and Berry Napoleon and Carrot Cake. Both were almost too pretty to eat but once again, clean plates!

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