North Shore Favorites to Take Part in Saturday’s Boston Local Market

Posted: September 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Boston Local Market, Chococoa Baking Company, Event, Lark Fine Foods | Tags: , | No Comments »

There’s an interesting event happening this Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 in Boston. Since there are a bunch of North Shore connections, and it’s all about local food, we thought you’d want to know about it.

Maggie Battista, a fabulous local writer and photographer, is one of the minds behind Eat Boutique. The event is the company’s first Boston Local Market, featuring food purveyors and cookbook authors.

Newburyport’s Chococoa Baking (gourmet whoopie pies) and Essex’s Lark Fine Foods (cookies for grownups) are among the participants. Ipswich’s Didi Davis Artisan Foods will be displaying their inventive condiments. Not from the North Shore, but certainly of interest to foodies, are Arlington’s Quinn’s Popcorn, Somerville’s E.H. Chocolatier, Vermont’s Fat Toad Farm (goat milk caramel sauce), The Stand (drink syrups and preserves), The Wine Bottega, and The Cupcakory.

Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery will be signing her cookbook from 1:00 to 1:45. Amy Traverso, senior lifestyle editor at Yankee Magazine and author of the just-released The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, will be signing her book from 2:00 to 3:00. And Amy McCoy, author of Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare Bones Budget, will be at the market all afternoon sharing sample items from her cookbook.

The market will be located at Twelve Chairs, a design shop and studio at 319 A Street in Boston. Attendance is free, but please let Eat Boutique know you’ll be there by signing up here.

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On a Lark

Posted: December 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Gloucester, Lark Fine Foods, Sweets and Treats | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

“All of life is a dispute over taste and tasting.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Gloucester resident Mary Ann McCormick and her daughter Nicole Nordensved enabled us to enjoy quite a dispute over taste recently. In 2007, McCormick started Lark Fine Foods, a purveyor of fabulous “grown up” cookies, and they have been growing in popularity ever since. These are sweet and savory wonders chock full of real butter and quality ingredients, made without preservatives or genetically modified ingredients.

On a recent stop at Shubie’s in Marblehead, I met Nicole, a Salem resident who works for her mom a couple days a week and was handing out samples. I was immediately fascinated with some of the taste combinations. Chocolate and chili? Shortbread with rosemary and sea salt? And what the heck were olive wafers? These are definitely not your kid’s cookies.

I brought a bunch of flavors back home and invited Jill to share them for a taste test. The next day, I received an e-mail from her outlining her response. Her favorites were the Polenta Pennies, bite-sized lemony cookies that feature golden raisins. She had also enjoyed the Coco Locos, toasted coconut butter cookies, but felt some of the others were too strong.

Her assessment made me laugh out loud, because it was the exact opposite of mine. While the sweeter cookies were good, I found the spicy ones much more memorable. The rich chocolate Cha-Chas with their hot spicy kick and the tangy Mighty Gingers were both terrific.

Lark also features two cookies with sweet and savory combinations; the Scourtins, a traditional French-style wafer made with olives is the most unusual in their repertoire, and the Salted Rosemary Shortbread, which was my absolute favorite of all the cookies. The organic rosemary and the sea salt make the buttery shortbread sing with subtle flavor.

Lark’s products, which are headquartered in Gloucester and baked in Essex, can be found in specialty food stores and markets throughout New England, helpfully listed on their Web site. You can order online as well. Whether you go for spicy or mild, if you try these unconventional treats yourself, let us know your favorites in the comments—and remember that disputes over taste can be seriously fun.

Lark Fine Foods
5 Way Rd., Gloucester
(978) 768-0012
www.larkfinefoods.com

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