|Asta is in for 5th Annual Urban Barn Dance|
|Features - Chefs and Restaurants|
|Written by Michelle Lahey|
On October 6th, the 5th Annual Urban Barn Dance is taking place at Community Rowing, Inc. Presented by Mass Farmers Markets - a non-profit organization that partners with farmers, consumers, and communities to foster, enhance, and sustain local farmers' markets - this popular event features live [bluegrass] music, a silent auction, and food that reflects the fall season. The best news? This year's featured chef is Alex Crabb from Asta, which was also just voted Best New Restaurant by Boston Magazine.
"As a beneficiary of the New England agrarian renaissance, it is both [Alex's] duty and his privilege to cook at the Urban Barn Dance," said Shish Parsigian, co-owner.
Asta, located in the Back Bay, features food from local farms on its menu everyday. Crabb bikes to different farmers' markets every morning, filling his backpack with produce which is served that night in his restaurant.
"We feel very lucky to have so many local farmers and markets - the opportunity to shop every day of the week at a farmer's market has really helped to shape Asta's identity," Parsigian said.
At the Urban Barn Dance, things will be no different - Crabb will be utilizing local, fresh ingredients from some of Massachusetts' best farms. The bites and drinks Crabb creates will also reflect the best of the harvest season. Crabb isn’t sure exactly what he’ll be making on the day of the event – that will all depend on what’s at the farmers’ market that weekend – but his menu at Asta tends to boast dishes like scallops with farro, blueberries, and coriander, and cold white soup with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms.
Tickets for the Urban Barn Dance are $75 per person, and all food and drinks are included in the ticket price. Proceeds raised from the Urban Barn Dance support the continued work of Mass Farmers Markets.
[Pictured: Alex Crabb and Shish Parsigian]