Pamela Barnes stopped by this weekend to offer us some of the huge, beautiful Jerusalem artichokes she grows in her home garden in El Sobrante. Chef Canales says these are some of the best he has ever seen. Pamela’s sunchokes are currently being served in a salad with aged Provolone cheese and Meyer lemon. Artichokes also abound, and appear throughout the menu. The beginning of choke season corresponds nicely with the tail end of Dungeness crab season, making for a brief but delicious window of time in the Oliveto kitchen.
Keeping true to our mission of shining the spotlight on the talent & moxie of all of our suppliers, we’ll take this opportunity to also give Pamela a plug: not only a master gardener and wallpaper expert, Pamela is also a playwright and lyricist. Her play, Josephine, the Pirate Queen, will have a run at The Knox Center for the Performing Arts, on the Contra Costa College Campus, July 7 -10, 2010.