A big salute goes out to Chuck Williams, the founder of Williams-Sonoma, who took time out from his busy schedule during the International Association of Culinary Professionals meeting here to pay a visit to the Crescent City Farmers Market April 19. Mr. Williams, still energetic in his nineties, rang the opening bell and then made the rounds at the Saturday Market, visiting with vendors Tim Perilloux, Kay Brandhurst, Cheryl Scripter and others. Williams — who comes from California, where the farmers market tradition is well established — was impressed by the welcoming atmosphere he found in New Orleans. And we were honored to have him as our guest.
If you only know bamboo shoots from cans and take-out Chinese food, you really ought to check out the fresh ones that Joe Dobie is harvesting on his Mt. Hermon farm. But do it quick, because they're only available for a couple of weeks each spring. Dobie gets his from a 70-year-old grove at Briarhill Farms, where the bamboo grows as much as a foot per day, reaching heights of as much as 62 feet. "I cut them when they're about 18 inches tall and still tender," he says. "Then I boil them down and put them in jars with a little garlic or salt."
We're pretty used to seeing the occasional star chef drop in at the Crescent City Farmers Market, but things were really abuzz Saturday, April 19, when Rick Bayless paid us a visit. Bayless, the Chicago restaurateur, author and television cooking show host, was in town with the International Association of Culinary Professionals and took time out to browse the Market and meet with staff and vendors. A board member of the Chicago Green City Market, Bayless asked questions about our wooden token currency system and shared information about foraging and other aspects of market management.
Join us at the Crescent City Farmers Market Tuesday, April 22, when restaurateur Ralph Brennan will be signing copies of the hot-off-the-presses Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook. The book, co-authored by New Orleans food writer Gene Bourg and featuring photographs by Kerri McCaffety, is chock-full of recipes and cooking tips gleaned from the Brennan family's three generations in the local restaurant business.
We're really honored to have as our guest Saturday, April 19, author and Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams. Mr. Williams is in New Orleans to receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, which is holding its annual meeting here April 15-19. He has agreed to take time out of his busy New Orleans tour to ring the Crescent City Farmers Market's opening bell, and we hope to have a big crowd on hand to welcome him.
This month marked the first anniversary for Justin Pitt's presence at our market. In a letter to the market community, Justin Pitt's thanks New Orleans and the Crescent City Farmers Market.
Welcome to strawberry season. While we welcomed strawberries back to market in early December, the sweet strawberry season is now upon us!
When the Crescent City Farmers Market regrouped after Hurricane Katrina, one of the casualties was our popular Thursday evening market at the American Can Co. apartment building. The neighborhood has been gradually rebounding in the years since the storm, and now, thanks to Cork & Bottle Fine Wines proprietor Jon Smith, it's getting its market back, too.
Muriel's Jackson Square, in the French Quarter, is proud to announce it has named Gus Martin as the new Executive Chef. He comes with the breadth of knowledge and depth of experience that can only come from a 25-year culinary veteran. "Chef Gus will bring a lot of presence and vast gastronomic ability to our kitchen. He will improve upon the rich, mouthwatering dishes New Orleans diners have come to expect from Muriel's."
Grab a bowl and gather 'round the gumbo pot! It's time for Gumbo Giveback, this year's fundraiser to benefit the Crescent City Farmers Market. The event, which is sponsored by the International Association of CulinaryProfessionals, kicks off Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Girod Street and Magazine, with live music and some of the city's best chefs stirring up big pots of the signature Louisiana dish.
Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.