Across the river in Cambridge, Oleana and Harvest are long-time participants in the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets Strawberry Festival.
Maura Kilpatrick, Pastry Chef at Oleana, and Co-Owner and Chef at Sofra in Watertown, and I chat in Oleana’s lovely outside garden dining area. Maura, who has been at Oleana since it opened in 2001, says of the restaurant’s commitment to the locavore movement, “It’s everything we do because we have a farm” referring to Chef Ana Sortun’s husband’s business, Siena Farms.
Who’s got a better job than me?
I was prompted to ask myself that question when the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets invited me to give some blog love to the sixth annual Strawberry Dessert Festival.
Hmmm. Let me see. Do I want to write about Farmer’s Markets? Desserts? Strawberries? Three checks in the yes column there.
Do I want to subject myself to the arduous task of tasting the lush and luscious strawberry creations of Oleana, Harvest, the Fireplace and Lineage all in the name of job fulfillment? Still listening….she says as she wipes a smudge of strawberry off her chin.
Do I want to capture the excitement of chefs across Brookline and Cambridge when local strawberries juice up their creativity? Can you say ‘former pastry chef’s dream?’
Would I like to salute the local farms who deliver said strawberries, so ripe and red and juicy and sweet, so close to the fields that they’re still moist with dew and warm from the sun? Why, yes. Yes, I do. Continue reading