Top 50 Food People

July 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm 2 comments

Okay, let’s give the Raleigh News & Disturber a hand for listing the Top 50 culinary reasons to love the Triangle. They got it mostly right and I would only quibble with a few of their winners — fried dough at the State Fair is perhaps an understandable guilty pleasure, but there ain’t nothing to love about running a race while gorging on Krispy Kremes (except maybe that it’s for a good cause).

We can surely agree we love chefs Andrea Reusing, Amy Tornquist and Ashley Christiansen, whole foodie Lex Alexander and, well, all of the other usual suspects of excellent cuisine in our foodshed who made their Top 50.

Nevertheless,dear editors, we noticed a few glaring omissions: Though you glorified noteworthy purveyors of mostly healthy local fare, and you praised the most worthy Carrboro Farmers Market, you failed  to mention a single one of the more than 250 sustainable farmers in the Greater Triangle area who labor mightily to grow all of this glorious food. Or how about a nod to the Central Carolina Community College sustainable ag program (first of its kind in the nation), which attracts new farmers to the region  and gets them growing .Or the numerous nonprofits and research organizations  promoting sustainable food policy?

And what about the region’s hinterlands? Chatham County should get special  mention for some of the pioneers who  launched our local sustainable farm movement more than 30 years ago long before “locavore” was even a word, including:  Bill Dow (first certified organic farm, helped start the Carrboro Market, has mentored countless new farmers, foodies and activists), Harvey Harman  (Sustenance Farm,started the CCCC program), Debbie Roos (the only sustainable ag extension  agent in the region, never seems to sleep and  should be cloned), Alex and Betsy Hitt,  and many more.

Pittsboro may be tiny, but I’m betting we have more locavore cuisine per capita than the big cities, which in itself should be newsworthy. Our latest hidden gem is  Angelina’s Kitchen (Greek food with a local twist) an outstanding carry-out that buys from the Pbo Farmer’s Market and about 20 different local farmers and promotes them all  on its blog.  We also have two Farmer’s Markets  in town and six CSA’s in our “metropolitan” area.

So  do check out the Top 50, share your ideas for others with the N & O,and let them know they should cast the net wider and make this a running series.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beth Mullenberg  |  July 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Okay….I agree with you whole heartedly that the N&O missed it a full picture. But I have to say my most useful nugget of info in this post is about Angelina’s. Greek in Pittsboro! I’m sad they are only open during the week since that’ll make it tough for me to get there but I’m going to try.

    • 2. sustainablegrub  |  July 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      I think you’ll like Angelina’s. I’m lucky cause I love only a mile away.


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