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      Date: Feb 21, 2011
     Title: February 21, 2011

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Fresh Item of the Week

fresh item of the week

For this week's fresh item, we want to give a shout out to all our CCFM chef shoppers up for awards right now. Aaron Burgau of Patois, Joshua Smith of A Mano and Mike Stoltzfus of Coquette are all up for Food & Wine magazine's The People's Best New Chef: Gulf Coast. Tough call, but be sure to vote here. And more market-supporting chefs than we can squeeze in this newsletter are in the running for James Beard Awards. Click here to see who all's in that number.

Tuesday Market, February 22, 2011 | 9 am - 1 pm

Uptown New Orleans | 200 Broadway Street at the River

What's the best buy at the market? Ask five market shoppers and you'll get five different answers. Isabel Mendez's $1 bean, cheese and/or veggie tamales are a delicious steal. Nick Usner's washed and spun bagged salad mix, which includes tat soi, beet greens, chard and heirloom lettuces, keeps longer than anything you'll find priced similarly in grocery stores - even the fancy ones. And we couldn't begin to put a value on Clara Gerica's gorgeous hand-peeled, de-veined Louisiana shrimp.

green plate special

Babcia Kubiak bread baker Graison Gill and "Delicious" Bywater communal kitchen's Anne Churchill make their final appearance of the month under the GPS tent with: Buddhist sour soup with tofu, tomatoes and market veggies in tamarind broth, Khmer veggie fried rice, lemongrass pork brochettes, stir-fried market veggies with ginger and garlic, smoked fish spread on Babcia Kubiak bread, kale chips, chocolate cookies with gin-soaked cranberries and walnuts, and rocky road ice cream in homemade cones.

Thursday Market, February 24, 2011 | 3 pm - 7 pm

Mid-City New Orleans | 3700 Orleans Avenue at the Bayou

Being a little nosey at the market can get you a lot of good recipe ideas. We picked up our latest at Bill Ryals' table last Thursday: roasted beet salad (Jim Core has some beauties, and Oakland Organic has all sorts of leafy greens for salads - lettuces, chard, arugula) with Ryals Goat Dairy lemon-dill chevre. The lemon and dill make all the difference.

Saturday Market, February 26, 2011 | 8 am - 12 pm

Downtown New Orleans | 700 Magazine Street at Girod

New Orleans is dotted with great neighborhood restaurants, like Cafe Degas, which this year celebrates 25 years of classic French bistro food under oak-lined Esplanade Avenue. Join owners Jerry Edgar and Jacques Soulas and writer Troy Gilbert for a tasting (Crab & Mirliton Bisque anyone?) and signing of their newly released cookbook this Saturday. The book includes recipes for menu mainstays like French onion soup and steamed mussels, as well as seasonal local ingredient-focused dishes and cocktails.

Recipe of the Week

Cut Off, LA-based grower Tad Ledet brings some beautiful red, ripe tomatoes to our Saturday market. He also brings some unripe ones perfect for these Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade.

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