The Grass Is Greener…
Under a cow, apparently. Check out some picks for grass-fed milk products. Plus, a full slate of dining and brew events.
A very welcome wave of grass-fed (not grain-fed) milk products is on market shelves now, and I am a big fan of the full cream, vibrantly earthy taste that comes from dairy cows eating as their systems were designed. Not to mention some proven health benefits from dairy alive with conjugated linoleic and omega-3 fatty acids.
Organic Valley (the organic dairy brand that actually comes from a farmer-owned company (ask me about the “other” brand that lies about its pasture-raised cows) has launched loudly its gorgeous cream-on-top milk and yogurt from grass-fed milk, with a real dairy taste that most of have never experienced.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams come out of Columbus, Ohio, and the kitchen of James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Jeni Britton Bauer. Bauer uses milk from grass-pastured Ohio cows, all-natural ingredients like small batch chocolate from Springfield, Missouri, OYO vodka and whiskey (for Middle West Whiskey Eggnog and Whiskey & Pecans ice creams) and tree-ripened Georgia peaches. The revolving list of scrumptious flavors (including a chocolate so dark it blots out the sun) is available at Publix and some Fresh Market stores.
Yes, more expensive than standard jugged milk and off-brand ice cream, but so worth the price. Treat yourself.
* The Thornton “Bark” Brew Tour is this Saturday from 4-7 p.m., a map-guided self tour through breweries, restaurants and bars in Thornton Park. They include Graffiti Junktion, Dexter's, Burton's Bar, Anthony's Pizza, Island Time, The Falcon, Truck Stop, Jax, Shari Sushi, The Abbey and Muddy Waters.
* On April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Knights for Animal Rights and Volunteer UCF join to bring you UCF's first healthy food festival, Lett-Us Eat. Animal rights, conservation and human rights groups will join food vendors on the Assembly Lawn to foster healthy eating and give away snacks and gift cards.
* The 33rd Taste of Winter Park takes to the tony Winter Park Farmers’ Market on April 18 from 5-8 p.m. Free-range grazing through more than 40 local restaurants, bakers and confectioners is offered from 4 Rivers, Cask & Larder Brewery, The Ravenous Pig, Prato, Bulla Gastrobar and more. Then, the following few nights welcome the Underground Kitchen to Orlando. The April 19th "Spring and Science Align" brings New York Chef Giovanna Delli Compagni, Institut Paul Bocuse Scholarship winner and the Food Network’s Chopped contestant, who will accent the flavors of spring using her molecular gastronomy skills. For the second Underground event, on April 21st, private chef to celebrities Jacoby Ponder offers a "Modern Caribbean" dinner. Both six-course dinners are $150 per ticket including wine pairings. The exact locations are released to ticket holders within 48 hours before dinnertime.
* The German American Society of Central Florida is hosting a German Fest on April 28 in Casselberry, an event full of “Hofbrau Oktoberfest Beer, German food, schunkeling, toasting to Ein Prosit, and live musical entertainment all day long.” And when was the last time you were schunkeled?
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