NY1's Valarie D'Elia recently journeyed to her ancestral hometown of Benevento, Italy to serve up a locally-sourced farm-to-table feast.
At the Libreria Masone in Benevento, Italy, books are always on the menu.
But every Friday night, like too many words crammed onto a page, the independent bookshop plays host to local farmers, who together with members of a food co-op contribute to a farm-to-table meal.
“You have to bring the plates, it’s just a way to be current with the philosophy,” said Lorenzo Canzanella, a member of Gas Arcobaleno.
The philosophy is part of a food movement called Zero Kilometers, where organic ingredients, fresh from the farm, make quick trips to your plate.
“They didn’t travel a lot, they have been picked during the day, they are very, very fresh,” said Maria Cutillo, a vegetable farmer.
Many of the farmers who sit around the table on Friday night not only sell their products directly to the public earlier in the evening, but distribute food that has been pre-ordered by members of the co-op.
Most of the people who participate in the pot luck meal are co-op members who pitch in with a dish. On Friday night, pizza, foccacia beans with pesto, tomato and fennel salad as well as local wine and limoncello made the rounds.
Tourists are welcome to attend for a small fee. Don't worry about packing a plate, attendees are supplied with a biodegradable one.
The experience gives visitors a taste of the Campania region that they can write home about.