Junto’s smoked sturgeon
The August full moon is known as a “Sturgeon Moon” as historically native Americans found it the best time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes and on Lake Champlain.
And now, MacGregor Mann of Junto will be donating a portion of each Best of Philly winning sturgeon dish sold to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
The sustainable-farm raised sturgeon dish is smoked on Alder wood with romanesco, fermented celery root, watercress, lemon verbena and white wine emulsion. The dish at the Chaddsford restaurant is $30.
Atlantic sturgeon were once plentiful on the Delaware River, although now less than 300 spawning adults from the Delaware River’s distinct genetic line of Atlantic sturgeon remain. Learn more about Atlantic sturgeon here.
The donation will continue as long as the sturgeon dish is on the menu, which hopefully isn’t going anywhere.
This weekend, Junto in Chadds Ford is serving up a four-course whole duck tasting menu. And while it will always be focused on showcasing the aged ducks at the center of the plate, the kitchen will be varying the menu each night.
The menu is $50 per person and designed for two people. If there are more than two guests, the restaurant recommends some accompanying dishes. And remember: Junto is BYOB, so plan ahead.
You can make your reservations by calling the restaurant at 484-574-8041. The menu will be available until Sunday night.
A recent dish at Conshohocken’s Blackfish | Photo via Blackfish
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