Local notions are the best. Indulge me as we traipse down this path.
Fool Magazine asked 100 chefs and food writers to name the most underrated chefs in the world. I love this question! Check it out and see the answers, the responses may surprise you.
So, of course this begs the question, who is the most underrated chef in our own town? Harcey at Victory 44? DeCamp at La Belle Vie? Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson of Catbird Seat in Nashville think its Doug Flicker. Defining underrated is half the battle but I can't disagree with Josh and Erik since I have been saying the same thing for the last five years. Who do you think deserves mention in this category? What’s your local notion?
Big Daddy's BBQ
John T. Edge wrote this compelling BBQ piece for Parade last week. We have been making Minnesota smoked meat on our truck and perfecting what we think is a unique take on the “pastrami au Canadien.” Quebec-ers we ain't, and here in the Great White North we don’t have very many decent BBQ spots. Market Bar-B-Que and Smalley’s are good depending on what style you like. Big Daddy’s, Ted Cook's, and all the rest seem uneven and I am wracking my brain but cannot come up with any others that even resemble the real deal that has captivated the rest of the nation. What's the local notion, anyone out there seen anything that qualifies as real, quality stuff?
Some awesome local sausages are making their way to your kitchen. From my pals at Butcher and the Boar comes this awesome way to jumpstart your next backyard grilling experience. I like this local notion best of all, because decentralizing our food system is the only way to effectively heal it. And locally sourced meats turned into locally made food products by employees cashing local pay checks, feeding local consumers is an entrepreneurial solution to environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability problems. We need more of these local notions.