In recent years farm-to-table has become increasingly more popular among foodies and hipsters nationwide. The term describes the direct relationship between local producers and local buyers. No distributor or shipping across country, and most importantly no irradiation. It is a marketing term that promotes local seasonal product production.
When I first heard this phrase I was filled with love and happiness for Sonoma County, the place I call home. I was happy to come from a place where there was no alternative way of eating. We have been eating farm-to-table our entire lives. For most of us living in Sonoma County, and certainly those of us living the Wine Country lifestyle, we have only ever eaten farm-to-table, grape-to-glass. It was how we grew up, it is how we continue to live.
Food & Wine is unique to the human experience, it makes us feel a certain type of way. If we all sit and enjoy a meal together each of us is going to feel something a bit different, even though the camaraderie will be similar. Sharing a meal with others is one of the most ritualistic human experiences we can engage in. Sharing a meal of Food & Wine transcends all social barriers that seem to divide us, it’s a language we all speak.
This section of the site is dedicated to exploring Farm-to-Table & Grape-to-Glass.
French Onion Soup
2 1/2 pounds yellow onions, halved, and sliced 1/4-inch thick (8 cups) 1/4 pound unsalted butter 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup dry sherry 1/2 cup brandy or Cognac 1 1/2 cups good dry white wine 8 cups beef stock 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 12 ounces of Gruyere Cheese 1 French Baguette