Monday, October 20, 2014

#TastetheSeason at Sweetgreen

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I'm a big fan of Sweetgreen, a healthy take-out restaurant with several locations in Boston/NYC/DC/etc. In addition to having delicious locally-sourced food, they were the ones who kindly hosted my Boston Marathon photo exhibit last April-
Last night I was invited to a farm-to-table dinner hosted by Sweetgreen at Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon, MA to celebrate their new seasonal fall menu and bring the Sweetgreen "family" together. Nice idea, huh?? I went with my new friend Jackie of South Shore Saturdays and met up with a few other fitness buddies like Sarah, Christina, Eliza, and Caroline, plus Rachel who had put the whole event together. 
The evening started off with popcorn and a hayride where we got a tour of the farm which is huge! Sweetgreen uses a lot of the farm's produce in their menu items so it was cool to see where the ingredients come from and learn how they're grown. We even tried some sweet corn on the cob (raw!) and it was amazing. 
 When we returned to the farm, we had some appetizers, hot toddies and Downeast Cider (based in Charlestown) which was new to me and I loved it. For dinner, we all sat at long tables in one of the greenhouses and passed large bowls of food around family style (to encourage conversation) - veggies from the farm, roasted brussels sprouts, hummus, and several of the new seasonal items from the restaurant. Each dish was better than the last and I can honestly say I enjoyed everything. I had tried the new "Rad Thai" salad with shrimp, red cabbage, and spicy cashew dressing a few days before when I stopped in their Fort Point location but all of the other dishes were new to me.
I love Sweetgreen because they make healthy food fun and interesting and they also promote community involvement and bringing people together. I will always make a point to visit one of their locations when I'm downtown and maybe someday they will make it to the South Shore! Fingers crossed!

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