Less than three weeks ago Linh Hoang had her first baby. A little girl she named Anne. This Saturday Linh will be serving up authentic dishes from her native Vietnam – like pho, bun cha noodle and, of course, spring and summer rolls. Because that’s how she rolls. She has been preparing traditional Vietnamese food for family and friends for years, but decided it was time to launch her new takeout business, VN TO GO, at the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market this summer. Due date be damned. Please give this Pleasantville resident a warm welcome. Her dishes are as fresh and delicious as she is determined.
And in other “life events” news…. Nichki, the face and force of Letterbox Farm Collective is getting hitched this weekend. Here’s to a long, happy and healthy life with her partner. Of course, good health is assumed given the amount of gorgeous, organic greens they eat. And those eggs? And if they treat one another anything like they treat their animals at the farm (64 acres of fields, woods, ravines and mountainside just outside of of downtown Hudson) a life of happy is also in the cards.
Sweetness is back with her gluten-free assortment of donuts and nut-based cookies. I hear the donuts were the talk of the town this week.
Don’t forget to pick up a variety of meats and fish for grilling, because everyone knows that while mom brunches on Mother’s Day, on Father’s Day, Dad grills. Stone & Thistle has more sausage varieties than I could ever dream up. Mangalitsa has their bacon burgers made with heritage pork. FarmEats has killer steaks and Letterbox of course has those rockin’ pork chops. And don’t forget grill-loving fish like swordfish and tuna.
Don’t like to cook fish? Fortunately someone else does: Pura Vida Fishery’s Capt Rick has joined forces with a young, creative chef, Vanessa Martenson, to open a fish store and casual restaurant in Hudson, NY. They met at a Restaurant Depot when both were checking out kitchen supplies. They got to talking about fish and when the captain saw how excited she got at the thought of skate wing sliders he hired her on the spot. The Captain tells her what kind of fish he’s bringing in and the whisks start spinning under her toque. Her menu changes daily based on that day’s catch: crab and sweet potato bisque, lobster mac n’ cheese, herb-y fish salmon and crab cakes. Hipster cioppino that tastes more Brooklyn than Boston. And all of these dishes are available to go inside the fish case at Pura Vida. Make sure to pick something up along with your porgy or bass.
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)