Autumn arrived right on schedule on Sunday afternoon. Normally, this would make us a little sad. Summer is gone. Days get shorter. Nights grow longer. You know the drill.
Comfort food to the rescue!
Sustainable Morristown’s annual Locally Grown Supper Sunday lined a ballroom of the Hyatt Morristown with 14 food stations boasting everything from local pheasant to sustainable salmon mousse.
Pretty soon, we were channeling Sammy Davis Jr.:
Well you talk about your childhood wishes…
You can even eat the… compostable utensils?
We didn’t actually test that theory. Maybe next year.
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Half of Sunday’s offerings were vegetarian.
“We wanted to make sure there was something for everyone,” said Barbara Taylor, who enlisted this year’s chefs and farmers for Sustainable Morristown.
Among other things, the nonprofit plays matchmaker between restaurants and farms.
“We stress how important it is to support local farms, how the food tastes better. It’s always fresher. It travels less distance. There are not enough farms to support this right now,” Barbara said.
By her estimate, about 200 diners came to the $100-a-head fundraiser.
Entertainment included the Byrdgrass trio, and awards honoring area environmental champions. Morristown’s Parsons Village apartment complex –which has installed solar panels and a community garden–was the institutional winner. Two popular local ladies shared business honors : Andrea Lekberg of The Artist Baker and landscape architect Carolle Huber, co-founder of Grow It Green Morristown. Bike and Walk Morristown took the prize for nonprofits.
If all goes well at next year’s dinner, Sustainable Morristown’s Paul Miller will hand out prizes for a bike-share program. He said efforts are gaining speed to create a system in Morristown, Morris Township and Madison enabling people to rent bikes at strategically placed docking stations, similar to the new program in New York.