Slow Food Comes to Tampa Bay!
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Eggplant, Pesto and Goat Cheese Flat Bread
Serving Size : 6
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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8 tablespoons olive oil -- or more as needed
1 1/2 pounds eggplant -- pealed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 teaspoon salt
4 pieces flatbreads or Naan
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
6 ounces mild fresh goat cheese -- cut into slices
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup basil pesto
Heat the oven to 450°. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 2 1/2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately high heat. Season the eggplant with the salt. Fry one-third of the eggplant, turning, until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove. Repeat in two more batches with the remaining oil, using more if needed, and the eggplant.
Meanwhile, lay out the flatbreads and spread pesto thinly over the surface of the crust. Arrange the eggplant slices on the flatbreadst. Sprinkle pepper over the top. Put the slices of goat cheese on the flatbreads and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Bake until the cheese begins to turn golden, about 7 - 8 minutes. Cut and Serve
Celebrate the launch of the new Tampa Bay Slow Food Movement chapter Thursday, July 8, at a Slow Food Sampler reception at Studio @ 620 (http://www.studio620.org) in downtown St. Petersburg.
The event features a menu specially prepared by Chef Dave West of the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium of Brandon (http://www.rollingpinonline.com/) that includes apple walnut honey crostini, eggplant flat breads, Bloody Mary shrimp, diver scallops with pommegranate brown butter sauce and more, all made with foods donated by Whole Foods Market of Tampa (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/).
In addition there will be information tables, many of the people who have been instrumental in getting the chapter organized (Tampa Bay marks Florida's 10th Slow Food Movement group), a silent auction for two tickets to the Aug. 25 Jack Johnson To the Sea Tampa concert dates(www.alatonce.org <http://www.alatonce.org> ) and dinner for two at Tampa's Pelagia Trattoria (www.pelagiatrattoria.com <http://www.pelagiatrattoria.com> ) and other chances to win concert tickets.
Tickets to the July 8 Slow Food Sampler are now on sale for $10 and may be purchased online at www.slowfoodtampabay.org <http://www.slowfoodtampabay.org> . Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of the event.
The reception will be from 7-9 p.m. at 620 1st Avenue South. Anyone interested in learning more about the Slow Food Movement (http://www.slowfoodusa.org/), becoming involved with the new Tampa Bay chapter or who wants to support this local initiative is welcome to meet other members, sign up for news and announcements about future programs and events, find out about membership and learn how to get involved with local schools, support local farmers and personally follow the Slow Food Movement philosophy:
"Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment."
For more information about the Tampa Bay chapter, go to http://www.slowfoodtampabay.org or http://www.facebook.com/slowfoodtampabay or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
The evening's menu includes the following dishes and beverages:
Apple Walnut Honey Crostini
Smoked Salmon Canapes
Eggplant Flat Breads
Diver Scallops with Pommegranate Brown Butter Sauce
Bloody Mary Shrimp
Cheese and Fruit Tray
Steak and Blue Bruschette
Tickets, donations, silent auction:
To purchase Slow Food Sampler tickets for $10 go to: http://www.slowfoodtampabay.org/home/the_slow_food_sampler.
To make a donation to the Tampa Bay chapter and enter for a chance to win two Jack Johnson concert tickets go to: http://www.slowfoodtampabay.org/home/events.
To bid on the silent auction package featuring two tickets to the Aug. 25 Jack Johnson concert and dinner for two at Pelagia Trattoria, look for the special display at the Slow Food Sampler July 8 event at Studio @620. The bidding starts at $50 for a package valued at more than $200. The winning bid will be announced at the end of the event but need not be present to win.