Waking up to a big lake lined with peach trees and other greenery was only one of perks we experienced when visiting the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center this past week for Hazon’s Jewish Food Conference. Hazon, meaning “vision” in Hebrew, hosted several days of workshops in the Connecticut Berkshires (Canaan, CT to be specific) centered around the theme of food, and explored through the lenses of social justice, sustainability and Jewish ethics.
In between delicious breakfasts at Mountainside Cafe, our new favorite Route 7 destination in the Berkshires, we prepped hundreds of portions of fresh sea bass ceviche, influenced by the flavors from our favorite Moroccan fish tagine, and deftly seasoned with Burlap & Barrel single origin spices.
We also shared our origin story at the conference’s keynote address, alongside visionaries such as Mitchell Davis (EVP of the James Beard Foundation), Joel Berg (CEO of Hunger Free America) and Sandra Sherman (Director of Nutrition Education at The Food Trust), as well as curated and moderated the well received Foodies and Farmers of the Berkshires Bioregion panel, featuring some of the most talented producers and educators from the entire Berkshires region.
The fulfilling experience of bonding and connecting with others over shared values came right before an exceptionally challenging weekend [for us, and for our country]. But spending a few days with very curious Jewish mothers (Why aren’t you married yet? Wait, how old are you again? Are you single?) left us in a particularly open mindframe, and absolutely ready to engage in relentless dialogue. We are fighting back with love.
Aside from that, not a ton has happened around here in the last week. We’ve been finalizing details for the Locavore Dinner at NYC Ag Tech Week, which we are curating, sourcing for and cooking (*shameless plug* get your tickets now because they’re selling out). We’ve also been solidifying our Japan travel itineraries - and yes, we’d love your recommendations.
We’re finally feeling like we’re in the last real stretch of summer, so if you know of anything we should be checking out before it’s over, please send us an email.
Liz & Shelley