Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Day 23 - The Magic of Food
Lecture day...we get to wear normal clothes, eat food prepared by the teachers (or otherwise known as clean out the refrigerator day for lunch; always delicious though),and listen! The afternoon lectures were presented by two local food purveyors...Peter Ward of Country Choice and Arun Kapil of Green Saffron. Peter started Country Choice over 25 years ago. He imports food from around the world and today he talked about Parmigiano-Reggiano. That's him in the picture. It took 600 pints of milk to make that round and two years of aging. The producer of this cheese has to follow very strict guidelines before the stamp of Parmigiano-Reggiano is allowed on the cheese. It was yummy! Our second guest speaker is a past Ballymaloe student and he started a spice import company called Green Saffron. We had an olfactory overload with all the incredible spices Arun brought with him. "The magic of food" as was stated by Peter Ward today, I completely agree!