Il Pittore Introduces Local Farmer Menu

 beef ravioli

Starting this week until the end of the summer, Il Pittore will introduce a new menu dedicated to the hot season and all of its offerings. Chef Chris Painter, who was just awarded Best Chef by Philly Mag’s Reader Poll, is taking advantage of the summertime produce in his Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farmers’ Menu. Using products from Green Meadow Farms in Lancaster and other local PA and NJ farmers, Painter will create a 4-course tasting menu.

Guests will start with a Chilled Cucumber Soup, followed by Pennsylvania Pride Beef Ravioli (see picture), Striped Bass, and, to finish it all off, Peach Upside-Down Cake.

Guests are encouraged to make early reservations because each night, there are only 20 available dinners. The menu is priced at $45.

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Believe It Or Not: Fall and Winter CSA Signups Are Open

Greensgrown Farms | Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Greensgrown Farms | Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

It may be near 80 degrees today, but believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the fall and winter. Local community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs are opening up registration lists for autumn and winter produce shares, and spots usually fill up fast. So if you want in, it’s time to get on the horn.

For CSA novices, like myself, here’s how it works: You buy a “share” in a farm’s seasonal harvest, and in return you get weekly (or biweekly) deliveries of fresh produce straight from the farm itself. With these local CSAs, you can eat healthy, delicious produce long after those summer tomatoes and blueberries have gone out of season.

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