Chef Tom French of Experience Food Project and TENDER partner at the Mercer Island Farmers Market
This past weekend, Experience Food Project’s director, Chef Tom French chose TENDER: farmers, cooks, eaters as the blueprint to show the Mercer Island community simple ways to enjoy and share the bounty of farm-fresh food. Chef Tom began the demo by walking the Mercer Island Farmers’ Market tables choosing a colorful rainbow of ingredients including tender ‘spicy’ arugula, plump red Attika cherries and golden beets, first of the early season peaches and more, to complement a quickly pan-seared filet of salmon crusted with fresh basil. Tom’s conversational approach to working with adults and children and the ease of recipes by chef/author and James-Beard-award-winner Tamara Murphy featured in TENDER helped both experienced and new cooks be engaged and inspired for their own market shopping following the cooking demonstration.
Dedicated to educating children about food and cooking, the Experience Food Project’s mission is to “strengthen families and communities”, which is a value that the TENDER team shares. In support of their efforts, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of TENDER purchased at the Mercer Island Farmers Market went to the Experience Food Project who will be holding Junior Cooking Camps at Mercer Island’s Boys & Girls’ Club this August followed by a community dinner in the Fall. Copies of TENDER are also now available for purchase at Mercer Island’s Island Books.