Farm to Coast Luncheon- UMass Dartmouth Dining
By: Marketing Manager, Kendall for UMass Dartmouth, Michaella Lesieur
This past month UMass Dartmouth Dining served up fresh local eats for staff and faculty at their Farm to Coast Luncheon which was held on September 19, 2019. Staff and faculty enjoyed a tailored menu that incorporated local ingredients that everyone could enjoy. Most notably they incorporated underutilized fish and kelp that worked to promote our Kendall award.
The dishes worked to blend in the ingredients of the season from farm fresh local veggies to local caught fish. The luncheon took place in the University Club and included little necks, chorizo broth with garlic bread wedges, Freight Farms on-campus lettuce, local caprese with basil oil, cape shark (Dogfish), coleslaw, chicken saltimbocca, grilled peaches, local vegetable to box, charred cherry tomato red quinoa and a stone fruit crostata.
Our focus today is on their cape shark and coleslaw dishes. The cape shark dish used dogfish as their fish-based recipe. It was flavorful and paired perfectly with their battered tartar sauce served with a lemon wedge on the side. Likewise, it was an excellent combination with a scoop of their kelp coleslaw. This was a great way to incorporate local ingredients that many people are unaware of into fan favorite dishes.
When looking back at the event the kelp coleslaw was my favorite, this slaw was beautiful and rich in color. It had a nice crunch when taking a bite and the kelp added even more nutrients to this slaw. In addition to the various local eats, vendors such as Equal Exchange and tastings of local brews including: Devils Purse Handline Kolsch from South Dennis, MA, Spencer Peach Saison from Spenser, MA, Two Roads Geyser Gose from Stratford, CT and Castle Island Sick Kicks from Norwood, MA.
The afternoon was filled with laughter and dining and the chefs were so excited to have been able to incorporate kelp and dogfish into their dining experience. UMass Dartmouth Dining plans to hold more of these themed events so stay tuned for even more local eats.