Saturday, September 09, 2006

Chef Tom Peters Demonstrates Fruit Carving to Marketgoers

A couple of weeks ago Chef Peters impressed and entertained the Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market crowd with his amazing ability to transform fruit into art. Chef Peters works at Heritage Woods Retirement Community as a chef but has practiced the skill of fruit carving for years.

Using a fine gauged set of instruments as well as regular knives, he created a flower bouquet on the face of a watermelon, coaxed a swan from an apple and dressed up many other pieces of fruit. Carved fruit makes a wonderful table top display.

In conjunction with our theme of seasonal fruit, we served up smoothies Slow Food style; all local ingredients except the bananas. Favorites included a banana/watermelon/mint/honey smoothie and a peach/cantelope/banana/blueberry one. We tried every combination available to us and they were all good. There really isn’t a recipe for these healthful concoctions, simply take fruit and a little ice and blend it thoroughly. To thin add orange juice, to avoid using ice use frozen fruit in addition to fresh.

As always, thanks so much to Mary Ellen, our visiting chef Tom Peters, and all the market vendors who provided the delicious produce that made the event possible.

See you September 16th when the Montessori kids and Charlie Headington whip up some wonderful creations fresh from their Edible Schoolyard.

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