Earth day is about to be upon us and everyone is using the annual holiday as an opportunity to celebrate our glorious home that is planet Earth. And while I don't normally get too far outside the city limits, this dinner sounds like something worth leaving Boston for. Michael Leviton, behind Kendall Square's Area Four and West Newton's Lumiere is all about using local, sustainable ingredients in his cooking. At Lumiere, his seasonally inspired menus are rustic yet refined and have been attracting New Englanders for years. Now, as the restaurant celebrates it's 13th anniversary, it's only fitting that they host the dinner of all dinners on a day meant for celebrating and spreading awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment.
Everything Down To The Salt & Pepper features a menu made entirely from New England ingredients. That's right, 100% local AND sustainable, and the menu items themselves are certainly something to get you drooling. They'll be serving up a seven-course prix fixe tasting menu filled with delicacies including cheese selections from Cricket Creek, Jasper Hill and Ruggles Farms; Oysters served with Cider Mignonette; Cape Code Sea Scallops, Roasted Lovejoy Brook Farm Veal, Fried Poached Chip-in Farm Egg from Cricket Creek Farm and so much more; finishing things off with a Caramelized Lanni Orchards Rome Apple Tart topped with Maple Creme Fraiche and Cider Sauce. YUM. You can check out the full menu below.
Ticket prices are a bit steep -- $125 a head or $175 if your looking to pair your dinner with beers, wines and cocktails, all local of course. With a generous portion of the proceeds going to the Chefs Collaborative with Organic Valley, it's definitely a delicious cause worth supporting!
Fried Poached Chip-In Farm Egg
Kristen's Ramps and Pickled Fiddleheads (if Sean finds any)
Cape Cod Sea Scallop
Dried Scallop-Kelp Consomme, Shiitake Mushrooms and Eva's Pea Greens
Lumiere Charcuterie Plate
featuring Frizzell Hill Farm Goat, Lucki 7 Farms Pork, Lovejoy Brook Farm Veal and Misty Knoll Chicken
Wild Watercress Salad
Roasted Lovejoy Brook Farm Veal
Root Vegetable Blanquette and Sorrel
Cheeses from Cricket Creek, Jasper Hill and Ruggles Farms
Champlain Valley Apiaries Honey, Maine Mustard Oil and Dried Cranberry Compote
Caramelized Lanni Orchards Rome Apple Tart
Maple Creme Fraiche and Cider Sauce
6pm on Sunday, April 22 at Lumiere
1293 Washington Street, West Newton
617-244-9199 for reservations
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.