Big Heated Tent

18 Dec

“So, what are were you thinking?”

That is the most frequently asked question I have gotten since we announced that we are doing a dinner on New Year’s Eve: OUTSIDE (in a HEATED tent.)

I was thinking is that this is the time of year that we have really great locally made food. We have a fantastic supply of meats, cheese, milk, butter, amazing root vegetables, etc. The list goes on and on. Yes, we have a great supply of local food! There, I said it. The excuse of not cooking locally in the winter is just not true anymore. There is more local food out in the marketplace than ever. We have the ability to eat year round with the season. That is the idea.

Ok, I know most of you understand that already or you would not have any idea that this blog exists. So, next question: Why outside?

Well, why not?

It is New Years Eve, Right? It is a special night. How many times have we gone out for New Years Eve and gone to a restaurant just for that one night because of tradition. How many times have you gone to a friend’s house, just because, well, that is what we always do? How many times have you just said, “it is just like any other night, except prices go up, and everyplace is crowded,“ and not gone anywhere. Here is your chance to ignore all the same things that you always do. Here is your chance to step out of the norm and do something that most people normally would not do. It is a special night, right? End your year with a bang. Who else amongst your friends and family are going to be able to tell this great a story about what they did on New Year’s Eve?

I think you get my point. It is a special night. Do it up.

The bigger reason is that it is a break the habits that you’ve built over your lifetime. That is really what eating locally is about: breaking the bad industrialized eating habits we’ve had in the past couple of generations.  Or should I say, we need to get back to a traditions and a habits of our grandmothers.

You go through the week, thinking about what to eat, what to cook, and we get in the habit of doing the same thing over and over. We all have our reasons: family favorites, convenience, budgets, and habits. This really comes down to habits. If we all start to change our habits, little by little, we will be able to change.

So, this year, I challenge you to break a habit right at the end of the year. Start a new tradition. Do something on New Year’s Eve that is really different. Why not start with having dinner in a HEATED TENT, in south Minneapolis.

Sounds like a good break in tradition.

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