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Chicken BBQ Sizzler – Join Us – July 31st

by Slow Food Cape Cod on July 21, 2009


Jen Holloman (our resident cheese maker) and her husband Jay Beitz from Ocean Song Farm are raising French Label Rouge chickens, in support, we preordered 25 for a Community BBQ, (hosted by our members Beth and Kim Campbell and Tom Gainey). This will be a great house party for us to get together, support our local farmers and share in fabulous food.

Early spring I got a call from Jen Holloman, it was just an idea at the time, to raise Rouge Chickens on the shores of Cape Cod for Slow Food. One thing led to another, and the next I knew we were planning a BBQ. Location was next, and our members Beth and Kim Campbell, and Tom Gainey, offered to host at their home in Brewster. They have connections to a very large BBQ with rotisserie, I suggested a keg of Cape Cod Beer, next thing you know we have a community supper for July – a house party of sorts.


So here is the deal, we will BBQ the chicken, and tap a keg of Cape Cod Beer. We ask that members bring something local to share – a side dish/dessert/appetizer, along with a beverage of your choice. Cost is $25.00 per person, location is in Brewster – will provide directions. It should be a fun night for all of us to get together under the stars and talk local foods and get to know what Jen and Jay are doing at Ocean Song Farm. Event will be held rain or shine.


I am really curious about tasting Label French Rouge Chickens, since they are regarded as the best poultry in the world. The birds are traditionally raised, free ranging and are all about taste that is vividly distinguishable from industrial breeds. Jen and Jay have raised the chicken at Long Pasture Sanctuary, Cummaquid and they are protected in their little “chicken tractors”. This breed is a slow growing bird (81 days), raised in harmony with nature and fed an all grain diet.


Event: Community BBQ

When: Friday July 31st

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Brewster MA (will send directions)

Cost: $25.00 per person

What to Bring: One Local Side Dish (appetizer, salad, dessert, cheese…. or what ever you would like to share) and your choice of beverage

RSVP: Mary at slo






Post by Mary DeBartolo – Slow Food Cape Cod Convivium Leader





Join us for our “Beef and Beer” celebration to kick off the summer season.

The subject matter is grass fed beef and the questions are: Where can you buy it on the Cape (?),  How does it taste (?), What is the big deal about it (?), and of course, the very important question, once it becomes a grilled juicy burger , what can you possibly pair it with (?)….
If these questions have been causing you to lose sleep, (or like me, to stop eating burgers) we have the answers. We are providing a taste and tour of all flavors of Cape Cod Beer and a smattering of sliders and Cape Cod Porter braised short ribs, from Northeast Family Farms.
Each hour we will be providing tours of the expanded digs at Cape Cod Beer (we are talking 5,000 square feet of space!). Todd Marcus, head brewmaster along with his wife Beth, have created an amazing business devoted to making local artisan beer. With a couple of gold medals from GIBC under their belt, for their Cape Cod Red (American Amber) and Dunkel Weizen (wheat beer) the tasting is sure to please.
We are also setting up a grill,  which will be tended to by Dole and Bailey’s Northeast Family Farms (NEFF).  This is our opportunity to  be educated about one of the finest meat products around New England. Dole and Bailey and NEFF has created a supply chain to connect the local farmer to the chef and markets that desire their products. All the cattle is grass-fed with a strict set of protocols to be raised slowly without the use of hormones and feed grade antibiotics. The result is an authentic, artisan food.
Date: Saturday, May 30th
Location: Cape Cod Beer
                1336 Phinney’s Lane
                Hyannis, MA
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM  (tours every hour)
Cost: $13.00 adult and $8.00 per child
(Alternative refreshments will also be available)
Every hour on the hour, a representative will offer a tour of Cape Cod Beer and representatives from Northeast Family Farms be on hand to answer all product information. 
Stop by for 10 minutes for tasters and nibbles or come and BBQ with us for the afternoon.  We look forward to kicking off the season with Cape Cod Beer and learning more about NEFF.
Posted by: Mary DeBartolo – Slow Food Cape Cod Convivium Leader


Island Merchant Community Supper – June 10th

by Slow Food Cape Cod on May 18, 2009

Join us for our next Community Supper at The Island Merchant in Hyannis, Wednesday June 10th. A special menu has been created for Slow Food – see below (yum!),  and we will have the chance to meet Les Hammilla, owner of Barnstable SeaFarms. Bev and Joe Dunn are the dynamic duo behind the scenes at the Island Merchant.  Their focus is to infuse local Cape Cod foods with an Island flair. Bev runs the front of the house, while Joe is our man in the kitchen, leading the troops. You do not have to just take my word on it – they were honored with  The Best of Boston’s 2007   award for Fusion food. Island Merchant is also  going to be included in an upcoming spot on Chronicle with Anthony Everett. In addition to the regional menu’s, they provide a home base for local musicians which earned them a spot on Cape Cod’s “A List”.
Speaking of the “A List”, we have a guest speaker, Les Hammilla, from Barnstable SeaFarms, to talk to use about his endeavor in growing oysters and littlenecks in the cold waters of Cape Cod. He also made the “A List”, their business will harvest per order, ensuring the freshest possible shellfish – we will be sampling in our first course.
Can’t wait!!
When: Wednesday June 10th
Time:  7:00 PM
Where: The Island Merchant, 302 Main Street, Hyannis Ma
(Across from TD BankNorth)
RSVP: Directly to The Island Merchant – 508-771-1337
Price: $40.00 per person 
First Course
Barnstable SeaFarms Littleneck & Shrimp Ceviche
Second Course
Capabilities Farm Tomato Salad – tossed with a local spring mix, fresh mozzarella, oil & vinegar
Third Course
House Smoked Pulled Pork Tossed with House Made Potato Parmesan Gnocchi
Carmelized Onions & Local Goat Cheese atop local  wilted Swiss Chard
Fourth Course
Cape Cod Beer’s Drunken Chocolate Porter Cake
Topped with a Dark Chocolate Glaze
Suggested Wine Pairing $3.00 per Course
Post by Mary DeBartolo – Slow Food Convivium Leader


Cheese Making Class – May 17th 1:00 to 5:00 East Orleans

by Slow Food Cape Cod on May 10, 2009



Here are the details for those attending the Cheese Class  Sunday May 17th from 1:00 to 5:00. Class is sold out, so if you have an interest, send me a note and we can start a wait list for another class in June.

Slow Food Cape Cod is offering a cheese making workshop with Jen Holloman and her husband Jason Beetz (head herdsman) from Ocean Song Farm. When: May 17th  from 1 to 5PM  – limited to 6 participants, will plan more in the future for those who have an interest. Please email me if you would like to attend, once I confirm your spot, please send check.

Where: East Orleans – My House – will send directions, once you are confirmed  (508) 237-3191 cell #

Cost – $40.00 per person (or $65.00 for two people sharing one pot) – non refundable (unless we fill your spot) Payable in Advance to: Mary DeBartolo / PO Box 203 / East Orleans MA 02643

What to Bring:

one gallon or larger stock pot, colander that fits inside the stock pot to drain the curds and whey, baking dish or other large container to plunge the stock pot into an ice bath, candy making thermometer (to 220 degree Fahrenheit), metal whisk, metal spoon, container to bring home cheese , toppings for cheese we will share in class (herbs, spices, edible flowers, anything that inspires you). I have extra equipment, and will have on hand for those that would like to borrow.

Jen and her husband Jason Beetz, have a herd of goats, living the good life – grazing on grass, in Barnstable. She has agreed (yeah) to teach Slow Food members and friends how to make cheese with fresh goat milk from Oak Knoll Farm. We will be making both chevre and ricotta from the goat milk. This will be a hands on activity! In addition to making the cheese, Jen is going to bring some pre-made plain chevre that we can flavor with our toppings. I’ll supply the crostini, crackers, bread and other food items to savor with our chevre (and some wine).

Posted By: Mary DeBartolo – Slow Food Cape Cod Convivium Leader



Forage for Local Greens – Saturday Afternoon May 16th

by Slow Food Cape Cod on April 30, 2009

I am really excited to offer an opportunity for us to forage for wild greens at Cedar Spring Herb Farm, on Saturday, May 16th from 2:00 to 3:30.  (price is $18.00 per person). We will be under the guidance of Donna Eaton, an herbalist, organic farmer, and teacher; she has a vast knowledge of culinary and medicinal herbs, Cape Cod farming, and the practices of Native American traditions.  It is a great opportunity for us to get to know Donna, see the 7 acre farm in Harwich, and learn about local greens that grow in the wild. After we complete our “weed walk” we will get together and share our harvest (as in make a salad), we will also include a tasting of artisan cheeses (Shy Brothers) and freshly baked bread. For a drink, we plan to sip some freshly brewed herbal iced teas. I am sure we will have some lively discussions.

P.S. – Cedar Spring Herb Farm is the location for the Outstanding In The Field Dinner this summer in August.
If you would like to join, email me to reserve your spot. I had an opportunity to meet Donna last year at CLASH, and have been looking forward to getting our Slow Food group together and spending this time on the farm.  
When: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 2:00 to 3:30
Where: Cedar Spring Herb Farm
           159 Long Pond Drive
           Harwich, MA
           508-430- HERB(4372)
Price: $18.00 per person
Look forward to seeing you!
Mary DeBartolo
Slow Food Cape Cod Convivium Leader