Taking Local Food to a New Level

Taking Local Food to a New Level

Taking Local Food to a New Level

Spencertown Academy Arts Center Conversations with Neighbors presents ‘Beyond Local: Taking Local Food to a New Level,’ a conversation with Fish and Game chef Zak Pelaccio and author Ruth Reichl, on Saturday, December 14, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow. Tickets are $20,  available at spencertownacademy.org. Advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Pelaccio is a celebrated chef and restaurateur who penned the critically acclaimed  cookbook, ’Eat with Your Hands.’ In 2012, he and a business partner created the restaurant Fish & Game in Hudson, N.Y. Pelaccio buys whole animals and uses every part, creates his own condiments and puts up produce all summer to feed his guests. Plates, bowls and tables are locally made.

Ruth Reichl is a writer and editor who has been Editor in Chief at Gourmet Magazine; restaurant critic for the The New York Times, and restaurant critic and food editor for the Los Angeles Times. As co-owner and cook of a collective restaurant, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, Ca. She is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs ‘Tender at the Bone,‘ ‘Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires’ and ‘For You Mom, Finally.’ She is also the host and executive producer of Gourmet’s ‘Diary of a Foodie’ on public television, and the editor of the Modern Library Food Series.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center Conversations with Neighbors is an occasional series designed to spark neighbor-to-neighbor conversations and celebrate the richness and diversity of the Columbia County community. Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.

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