At Avanti last week, Jack feasted on his beloved meatballs with ribbons of pappardelle (they are killer) , while I roamed the range looking for some new flavor hit. Big fun arrived in the form of a roast half Poulet Rouge, one of those deeply flavored, heirloom French breeds that are wowing foodies all over the Bay Area these days.
Avantiâ€™s kitchen finished the roast poultry with a red wine sauce, and served it with an unctuous parmesan risotto and a watercress salad ($17). Shaved fennel topped the risotto, which made a fine impression on the poulet. It really does taste like a meal in France, only much closer to my house. . . If youâ€™re lovinâ€™ the pork chops at Avanti, then you are familiar with the pasture-raised, organically-fed pigs raised by Jim Dunlop of TLC Ranch. Jim emails to tell me that heâ€™s got even more grass-fed pork available at the farmers markets on weekends. â€œWe have new boneless roasts, succulent ribs, fresh ham, bacon, franks, breakfast patties, and other yummy cuts.â€
See for yourself â€“ my freezer is already well-stocked with TLC sausage â€“ at the Westside Santa Cruz market, every Saturday 9am â€“ 1pm. And if youâ€™re fiscally wise, and have a big freezer, you might want to order a half pig ($6/pound) or even a whole one ($5.50/pound) but remember, an entire pig carcass weighs in the neighborhood of 300 pounds. So make sure youâ€™ve got some friends and neighbors around when you take delivery.
Contact TLC Ranch, and make some inquiries.