Commonwealth Cambridge is an impressive, sprawling space. The polished concrete floors and wood pallet-lined walls give off a rustic, industrial vibe, a stark contrast to the typical sleek and modern Kendall Square joints. The floor is littered with found objects, recycled furniture hand-picked at the Brimfield market, and loads of old school chairs from a school in Belgium. The unfinished design was the vision for Chef Steve “Nookie” Postal, and brought to life by architect and designer Eric Robinson.
After a many-months-long hiatus, this past week we finally got back into the “kitchen,” and whipped up a new recipe using some fun new tools at Local Root.
Recently, Local Root hired a new store manager, Kathy, and she and I have had a great time thinking up new and different ways to make the store a success. Just one of those many ideas included the reintroduction of “cooking days” as we call them here, when we take a few minutes away from our desks and the customers, and methodically put together a recipe. These cooking days are most often spurred by something a customer has suggested, a new cookbook we’ve received, or a kitchen tool that may seem unusual or obscure that we’d like to shed some light on.
Last Thursday, we celebrated the 1 year anniversary of Local Root’s opening, and what a year it has been! During the first 12 months, Local Root has become a real destination for all things cooking – kitchen utensils, cookware and bakeware of the highest quality. We were excited to celebrate not only their first year in business, but also many more prosperous ones to come.
Last week we shared with you the table setting and cocktail hour portion of our most recent Dinner Series event, and today I’ve got the menu to share! Rene from Hi-Rise has worked with us on a Dinner Series before, and has a knack for throwing together a menu based around what’s fresh and in-season mere days before we sit down to eat his food. It’s a fun way to eat, and it certainly makes for the ultimate in flavor and presentation.