Three More Ways to Heart Artichokes—Including a Dozen for a Dollar
May 17, 2012
There was already good news on the artichoke front this week when a new aioli discovery presented itself—and reminded me a meaty chunk of artichoke fun is making up new dipping sauces.
This one was a quick tarragon, cumin, lemon juice and fresh garlic swirl into organic mayo and two big backyard arties went bye bye fast.
Then came three more morsels:
1 • Pezzini Farms in Moss Landing right by the has 12 small-apple sized artichokes for the big fat price of...$1. If that isn't awesome the word has officially lost its meaning.
Heading north, they're located on Highway 1 on the last right before 156, which is Molera Street. Look for the giant sign.
2 • Casanova and its engineer-of-a-new-tasty-and-creative era, chef John Cox, are doing a pop-up dinner ($125) with Pezzini and Georis Wines Friday, June 1, to boost Rancho Cielo's inspiring at-risk education programs, including the Drummond Culinary Academy.
Last time Cox did the pop-up thing, it totally popped, with him fashioning all sorts of stunning abalone, electric pestos and pork-belly triumphs with MEarth at the Hilton Bialek Habitat (I got to try the goods as thanks for doing the dishes). That bodes well for a menu "inspired by Guido Pezzini's family Italian recipes for the artichoke."
More good news: the dinner's happening in the field (so wear appropriate shoes and such).
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 • This little thing called the Castroville Artichoke Festival lurks just around the corner.
Anticipate parades, cooking demos, wine tastings, a farmers market, field tours, rockin' music worthy of its own fest and yes, the thistle-of-dreams fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, creamed and even reconstituted into stylish and inventive "agro art."
It happens in downtown C-ville (follow the signs) 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday, with admission at $10/adult and $5/kids, military, seniors.
Try 633-0485 or www.artichoke-festival.org for more.