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Advocates of Local/seasonal/organic ingredients

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Advocates of Local/seasonal/organic ingredients

Warthog | Aug 16, 2007 05:03 AM

Which chefs and restaurants in the area are advocates of "eating local" and "eating seasonal"? We'll give bonus points for organic, but there's some debate as to whether "organic" shipped a thousand miles or so is really a "win" in the big picture over something fresh and local that's not strictly organic.

In any case, which restaurants exemplify these ideals? Which ones are active in educating their customers about things that are local and in season, but may not be familar - some of those "what the heck is THAT?" veggie, fruit, or herb items that one might find in a good farmers' market, but not in the local supermarket for example.

What triggered the question was my experience in Southern Maryland last weekend, where I ate in two very nice restaurants, neither of which seemed to make any mention or use of the bounty of local seafood and produce surrounding them. A lot of places simply aren't near good sources of produce, meat, or seafood, but Maryland and Virginia ought to be feasting on the local bounty. Are we?

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