Saturday, April 6, 9:30-10:30 am – an introduction to co-ops and Wild Oats Market, given by our general manager, David Durfee. Please join us in the Wild Oats cafe for coffee, pastries and conversation. Bring your questions and suggestions for our GM! This will also be a chance for you to meet others who have recently joined the co-op, and to get a tour of the store, including our kitchen and bakery facilities in the basement. This orientation is especially for those who have joined the co-op since September 2012, but all Wild Oats member-owners are welcome to join us. We will serve coffee, tea and breakfast pastries from our bakery.
We’ve all heard that following a Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest ways we can eat. Fortunately, Mediterranean dishes are among the most delicious dishes to eat too! Follow this link to some tasty Mediterranean-inspired dishes. You will find many of the ingredients you need for these delightful dishes at Wild Oats Market. Give them a try if you get a chance!
Our chef prepared brisket and matzo ball soup today, which will be available on our hot bar on March 25 and in our grab n’ go deli throughout the week, as long as our supplies last. If you enjoy Greg’s brisket and matzo ball soup, please be sure to stop by the store early in the week, before it runs out!
On Monday April 1 at 7 pm, Caretaker Farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, and Images Cinema, both of Williamstown, are co-sponsoring a free screening and discussion of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, a film by best-selling author Jeffrey M. Smith. The film will be followed by a talk and discussion featuring biologist Ed Stockman, M.S., owner of Summit Farm in Plainfield, MA and an organic farmer for 41 years. For the past 13 years, Stockman has been lecturing against genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and their use in food. He is co-founder of the Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs movement.
The film quotes physicians and scientists who say that after two decades the same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock and pets that have been fed genetically-modified foods are now on the rise in the U.S. human population. They assert that when people and animals stop eating such foods, their health improves.
The talk and screening are free; however there is a suggested donation of $5.
Watch the video trailer for more information.
If there’s one plate of food that says “party,” it’s the cheese platter. Enticing and satisfying enough to carry a celebration on its own, the cheese plate is also the perfect attraction for introducing guests to one another before the main course.
Putting together a spectacular cheese platter is easier than you might think. Here are a few tips:
The Cheese Platter
- Serve cheese at room temperature. The cold from the refrigerator inhibits its flavor, so take your cheese out half an hour before guests arrive to allow it to “bloom.”
- Provide a serving utensil for each variety of cheese on your tray.
- Serve a selection of three to five contrasting cheeses. Think different tastes, colors, and textures, like mild with robust (like Brie with blue cheese), fresh with aged (like Boursin with aged Gruyere), or soft with hard cheeses (like chevre with Parmesan).
- Create a themed tray by offering cheeses from one region or source, or showcase an array of cheeses made from different milks (cow, goat, sheep).
Whether you serve them individually or on the same platter, some foods are perfect complements to cheese. These include:
- Fresh and dried fruits
- Crostini, flatbread, and other crackers
- Hearty and crusty breads
To create an antipasto platter, include a mix of marinated vegetables and cured meats.
Wine and Beer Cheese Pairings
In general, a wine that comes from the same geographic area as the cheese will be a good match. Here are some other pairings:
- Goat cheeses and dry red wines
- Cheddars with sweet wines and pale and brown ales
- Fresh, medium, and hard cheeses with crisp, fruity red or white wine
- Cheeses with bloomy rinds (like Brie) and fruity red wines or light, dry champagnes
- Swiss cheeses with dark lagers, bocks, and Oktoberfest beers
- Feta and wheat beers
- Sweet cheeses with fruity beers
Check out the cheese offerings—especially any local cheeses—at the co-op. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the array of choices, just ask the staff for recommendations (including wine pairings). Then just sit back and wait for the doorbell to ring—your celebration will be off to a flavorful start!
This article first appeared on the NCGA Stronger Together web site. Visit this site for more articles and information about healthy and delicious eating.