North Country local-food advocate GardenShare has produced a guide to help restaurants and dining services locate sources of food from around the region.
The "Regional Food Guide for Restaurants" lists over 100 individual food items such as bean sprouts and bison meat, organic cheese and free-range turkey. Wholesale suppliers are listed for each item. Complete contact information is cited for each of these 110 regional suppliers and distributors.
“I think this will be a wonderful asset for any food institution to tap into the local food market," says Jenny Walker, chef-proprietor of 1844 House, a popular bistro in Potsdam noted for its creative use of local foods.
"We get requests quite often from other restaurants that are looking for local sources—-and this is just the resource that is needed,” Walker says. “I can't tell you how happy I am to see this come together. Well done.”
The guide was produced on a disc, making it convenient for chefs to access on any computer.
Complimentary copies of the disc were mailed this spring to over 200 restaurants, school and college cafeterias, and hospital dining services across the North Country.
Other chefs interested in receiving a complimentary copy may request one by emailing GardenShare at email@example.com or by writing to GardenShare, 860 Maple Ridge Road, Richville NY 13681.
Research for the guide was done by GardenShare's Community Projects Coordinator Sarah Tulloch, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston.
To learn more about GardenShare and its programs, visit its all-new website at www.GardenShare.org.