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Ramp Fest 2011

Ramp Fest 2011

OK, so I have a thing for ramps. When I worked at Aquavit, one of the great pleasures of Spring was making the ramp vinaigrette. I loved that scent of green garlic that fills the room when you blanch them. We would buzz them with lemon juice and oil, yielding this gorgeous emerald green dressing. So it’s no wonder that this year as the days started to warm a little I turned my thoughts to the ramp. Through one of life’s weird coincidences, when I was on a business trip, my husband decided to visit some friends in rural Virginia and go foraging. When I heard there was a festival just for ramps, I couldn’t resist. I hopped on the Amtrak and headed to Hudson, New York for Ramp Fest 2011. Chefs from all over New York state united in a converted glue factory (it was a lot more picturesque than it sounds) to present their ramp dishes. On a side note, if you haven’t been to Hudson before, it’s picture postcard-beautiful.

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About francoiseeats

I'm currently working as a freelance travel and food writer, and photographer. I spent two years at StarChefs.com, the culinary on-line magazine for the industry insider. My articles have been published in New York, NY and Richmond, VA. After graduating from Columbia University and recovering from the tragedy of not being able to read Camus books for a living, I attended The Culinary Institute of America, where my scone consumption rose drastically. Fluent in French and Italian, I've worked in some of New York's top restaurants and covered food-related stories in a number of publications, from The Richmond Times-Dispatch to Time Out New York.

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