A few weeks ago I attended a lunch hosted by Stonyfield at EVOO in Kendall Square. The event featured a talk by Robyn O’Brien, author of the book The Unhealthy Truth which chronicles her discovery of the effects of processed foods on the health of her children and her subsequent quest to uncover what hazards the food industry is knowingly hiding from the public. As a longtime proponent of being an informed eater and knowing where your food comes from, I support what Robyn is doing. Even if you are not satisfied the current findings or claims regarding a certain ingredient, it can’t hurt to veer on the side of less processed and fewer additives. If you have the option, go ahead and choose the milk without rBGH rather than conventional variety, or the snack foods made without food coloring. Better yet, if you have the time and resources, make something yourself using whole, unprocessed ingredients. This eliminates the need to scrutinize ingredient lists. The issue is far more complex, of course, but an important first step is becoming an informed eater and knowing what you are putting in your body.

At the event, we enjoyed a wonderful meal courtesy of EVOO, a restaurant in Kendall Square. Some of you might have visited EVOO in its previous location on Beacon Street in Somerville, where Bergamot now stands. When we arrived, we had a chance to meet and mingle with the other attendees and nibbled on some passed appetizers, including breaded chicken skewers, and spoonfuls of absolutely divine tomatoes topped with straciatella and basil, pictured at top.

The vegetarian entree was a Sweet Potato Croquette with Creamed Corn, Little Tomatoes, Pickled Peppers, Basil and Red Chili Gravy. The croquette was dense with creamy mashed sweet potato wrapped in a slightly crunchy bread crumb coating. The greens and corn added some moisture and lightness to the dense croquette. The red chili gravy was tangy with just a hint of heat and was a perfect compliment to the sweet and starchy sweet potato.

The vegan option that day was a Chinese Box of Mustard Glazed Tofu, Gingered Vegetable-Cashew Salad and Brown Rice.

For dessert, we enjoyed a Blueberry Crisp with Almond-Oat Topping and Corn Frozen Yogurt, made with Stonyfield yogurt. The berries underneath were plump and dripping with syrup juice. They were sour and sweet. The buttery topping was studded with chunks of slivered almonds and was a perfect buttery complement to the sour berries. I always welcome a scoop of ice cream (or frozen yogurt) on top of warm fruit crisp, but my only complaint was that the corn flavor of the yogurt was far too mellow against the flavors of the fruit and topping.

Many thanks to Stonyfield, 360 Public Relations, and Robyn O’Brien for the event, and to EVOO for a lovely meal.

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Cambridge, MA
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18 Responses to EVOO

  1. Love their Chinese Takeout Box presentation!

  2. sarahsmodernbites says:

    I love this: “Even if you are not satisfied the current findings or claims regarding a certain ingredient, it can’t hurt to veer on the side of less processed and fewer additives. If you have the option, go ahead and choose the milk without rBGH rather than conventional variety..” If you have the option, why not chose the one free of CRAP… I mean why CHOSE something that is potentially bad especially when product essentially tastes the same? And honestly, the cost difference is almost always negligible.

    Unfortunately though, I have to say that certain foods that are full of crap like HFCS, hydrogenated oils, hormones, chemicals, artificial colors and sweeteners.. have become ‘normal’… like comfort foods such as the Kraft mac and cheese, peanut butter with HFCS and hydrogenated oils with white bread and HFCS jam, pop tarts, fast food, you name it… all of it has become ‘normal’ and NATURAL peanut butter grosses some people out!? I don;t get how natural has become ‘weird’ all of a sudden….

    Anyhow! Sorry for the rambling on 🙂 That corn ice cream looks AMAZING… especially on top of that blueberry crisp.. SO New England 😀

  3. Daisy says:

    this looks like not only a delicious lunch but a really informative one. I wish i could have made it!

  4. dan whalen says:

    I’ve made many a corn gelato, and trust me it’s hard to get the flavor to be super strong. They should have consulted me…

    • sarahsmodernbites says:

      What’s the trick!?

      • dan whalen says:

        I first removed the corn from the cob, then steeped the COBS in the milk for like 3 hours. Fished out the cobs, made my gelato base with the milk, then added the corn and let that steep another hour or so. Then I hit it with a stick blender till it was practically smooth, then ran it through a medium mesh strainer so that it would have a slight texture but no chunks really. also don’t forget salt!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, I’ll let them know Dan. It seems like an interesting choice for gelato, I guess b/c I think of corn milk as light and milky whereas gelato I think dense and rich.

  5. Molly Galler says:

    WOW! This looks incredible. These are REAL vegetarian options.

  6. shannon says:

    should’ve told them to use the cobs to enhance the flavor in that gelato 😉 (and then strain them out of course!)

  7. Now I really wished I could have stayed for dessert. Corn ice cream sounds really intriguing!

  8. Megan says:

    That vegetarian entree looks so good. Wish I could have made it to this lunch, but it was too long of a trek on a lunch break.

  9. I actually have never been to EVOO, but it looks like the food was great. I used to eat corn ice cream all the time in the Philippines and I actually forgot about it until I read your post!

  10. rcfrugalfoodista says:

    If I had eaten this meal…I would have decided to become a vegetarian on the spot…too bad I don’t have the imagination or the skill to come up with anything near as delicious on my own…lol

  11. Joanne says:

    I am all for steering clear of processed foods in about 90% of my diet…every once in a while I just need an Oreo, though!

    I am in love with that croquette. Seriously…heaven.

  12. Taryn says:

    Everything looks so fresh and inventive and yummy – I’ve never been to EVOO, but would love to try it some time. Especially after this!

  13. Melissa says:

    Looks like a great event and vegetarian and vegan food done right!

  14. Meg says:

    What a wonderful meal!

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