Bear in Boots is a Gastropub located on Falmouth's Main Street on Cape Cod. They pride themselves as the only restaurant in Falmouth that makes every plate from scratch. In the second week of March, they held their second Meet the Farmers Dinner.
The head chef teamed up with local farmers to create four courses of food. Each course was created using local products and was paired with a local glass of beer or wine.
1st Course: Terrine
This course was the perfect winter appetizer. It was made of Swiss chard terrine with candied bacon and edible black paint. My favorite part was how the bacon tasted with the Swiss chard. Besides the amazing bacon, the puréed carrot was a piece you won't forget.
2nd Course: Hocks and Egg
If you love ramen as much as I do, you'll be obsessed with this soup. This soup was made with a pork hock brodo (aka broth), root vegetables, with a locally sourced soft poached egg.
3rd Course: Bone and Collard
This course was made with hickory and apple smoked pork ribs, braised collard greens, potato purée and cornbread crostini. On this plate, there wasn't anything that wasn't amazing. One of the best surprises was the cornbread crostini— it was the perfect combo of sweet and savory.
4th Course: Taking A Leek In Public
My two favorite parts of this dish were the cheddar cheese crumble on top of the bread pudding and the lemon gel. The coffee ice cream was unlike anything else. The bread pudding was made with leek and nutmeg, which paired wonderfully with the housemade ice cream.
Overall, the best part of this night was learning where the food and wine came from. Everything on your plate had a story and it involved people from a community. You were eating food you could locally find and cook at home during the week.