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Food Truck Frenzy brings new flavors to Watertown

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WATERTOWN — Vendors filled the western parking lot of the Salmon Run Mall on Sunday for the monthly Food Truck Frenzy, which brings unique offerings to the north country.

Food trucks, craft stalls, nonprofit informational booths and small shops scattered the parking lot for most of Sunday afternoon. Trucks, some from as far away as New Hartford, Oneida County, were offering authentic Filipino food, fresh lobster rolls, Italian ice, pizza and much more. Vendor tents with toys, yard games, clothing, sunglasses and accessories also dotted the lot, all featuring the wares of local small businesses.

Ms. Bailey sais she started the monthly festival last year, as a way to bring more diverse offerings to Watertown and give people another activity to choose from on weekends.

“I was trying to get some stuff out here for our community to do, because we don’t have much,” she said.

Autumn Bailey, who runs 315 Artisan Market in the mall, is familiar with coordinating multiple vendors together and organizing events. Her shop features items from north country artists.

Patrick and Christine Crump had a stall set up featuring their handmade items, from cornhole boards to shelving, all made with designs meant to appeal to people they respect.

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Aquatic ‘Superplants’ Are Local Food for Cows That Lead to Lower Emissions

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Using a water-born crop that grows at breakneck speed, an innovative cattle feed startup could reduce livestock emissions in a variety of ways.

By reducing methane emissions from the bovine’s digestion, growing the plants on smaller lots than traditional feed, and using the farm’s manure to cover input costs, the aquatic feed offers protection to the invaluable beef industry from zealous politicians and activists who aren’t willing to wait for innovation to improve the carbon footprint of livestock.

Called Fyto, the startup boasts of a “library” of aquatic crop varieties that offer superior nutrition compared to other feeds like alfalfa.

Relatives of a common pond vegetation called duckweed are grown in installed greenhouses on the farm. In a pool of water, which they ironically consume in far less amounts than terrestrial crops, the duckweed can double in size every three days, which is among the fastest growing speeds for any crop for any purpose, expect for some species of bamboo.

The greenhouses’ speed and efficiency is believed to be able to support large herds of beef and dairy cattle on less land than herds from Brazil, where forest is cleared for soybean plantation to feed the cattle, generally need.

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A Map Shows Where Locals Can Find and Pick Wild Food for Free

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People suffering with the cost of living crisis are being offered help—a map which shows them where they can find and pick free wild food.

The Community Food Support Map shows people where food can be foraged, from vegan bacon alternatives to flower heads that can be used to make puddings.

Based in Rame, Cornwall, the social enterprise Family Foraging Kitchen created the map as a valuable resource source for all and a way to offset the rising cost of living.

“Despite delivering our free courses and food boxes, I felt we needed to do more to help,” company founder, Vix Hill-Ryder, said.

“The cost of living at the moment is so expensive that we no longer can afford to go into a supermarket and do a weekly shop.

“It just doesn’t stretch that far. Stretching that is the way forward—and I can show you how to do that simply just with a local hedgerow”.

The map shows people where they can find wild food in an area of Cornwall.

It described where you can discover “the best dulce”—a type of seaweed also known as sea lettuce flake—that makes a sustainable vegan bacon alternative.

With the cost of living crisis affecting the nation’s diets, households have experienced a reduction in both the frequency of meals they consume and their nutritional value.

In April alone we saw over two million residents skipped at least one meal because they could not afford or could not access food.

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Taste of the Town returning in April

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WATERTOWN — Taste of the Town, when local food lovers are invited to taste food from participating restaurants and cast a vote for their favorite, is returning to Jefferson Community College for the first time since 2019 on April 23.

Restaurants interested in participating in Taste of the Town may reserve a spot and register online at tasteofthetownnny.com or email tasteofthetownnny@gmail.com to learn more. There is no fee for participating restaurants. Businesses that would like to sponsor Taste of the Town may email tasteofthetownnny@gmail.com. Complete details about sponsorship levels and benefits can be found online at tasteofthetownnny.com.

Nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Watertown Sunrise Rotary Foundation Taste of the Town grant. The Watertown Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation is a charitable fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled to safely bring this event back to an in-person format after the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel it the past two years,” Kraig Everard, Watertown Sunrise Rotary Club president, said in a statement. “We encourage all eligible North Country nonprofits to apply for grant support. Watertown Sunrise Rotary’s mission is ‘Service Above Self.’ By offering local nonprofit organizations this one-time grant, Sunrise Rotary creates a lasting partnership with them.”

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Gourmet Meals Cooked Over Molten Lava: Foodies Offer One-of-a-Kind Experience in Ancient Canyon (LOOK)

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This pop-up event in Saudi Arabia used molten lava to cook food for diners.

The unbelievable scene was produced by experimental creatives at London-based Bompas & Parr studio, utilizing research from a leading expert in molten rock, Professor Robert Wysocki of Syracuse University in the U.S.

Guests were seated in The Shlal Canyon at AlUla and served dishes of local produce, seared using the intense 2,462°F (1,350°C) heat of lava channeled from a volcano.

For 700 SAR ($186) per person, the menu featured whole salt-baked celeriac, charred fillets of beef finished across molten lava, and pit-roasted saddles of goat grilled across fire pits.

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Fresh start coming for Watertown’s Jreck Subs

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WATERTOWN — The new owner of Jreck Subs remembers going after school to buy a sub three or four times a week at a Jreck sandwich shop in his hometown of Kent, Ohio.

So when a friend called a couple years ago asking whether he’d ever heard of Jreck Subs — and if he’d be interested in acquiring the sandwich chain — Matthew G. Darrah wanted to know more.

“I just said ‘Wow,’” Mr. Darrah recalled. “I went there with my high school buddies. It was the only franchise outside of the north country.”

In 2019, he acquired Jreck Subs when his company, Fresh Start Franchising Inc., became the winning bidder at an auction for Jreck’s franchise rights, trademarks and other brand-related property.

Mr. Darrah, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is president and chief executive officer and a major shareholder in Fresh Start Franchising.

The company’s corporate headquarters are located in offices in the former Agricultural Insurance Co. building at 215 Washington St. in Watertown, where he and his management team are planning the company’s future.

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Owners of Sackets’ Battlefield Eatery planning restaurant in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — Christin D. Filippelli wants people to feel like they’re at their home when they eat at her new Court Street restaurant.

She and her business partner Jessica R. Williams are renovating the building that once housed Severance Photo at 168 Court St. to open The Eatery.

She hopes people will feel The Eatery will be a second home for families and friends.

“I don’t want to be cliche and say like ‘Cheers,’” Ms. Filippelli said, referring to the lyrics of the theme song from the 1990s sitcom that “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.”

Construction has already begun on the vacant building owned by local businessman Stephen J. Bradley.

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Three new restaurants open in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — A popular juice bar has relocated, a restaurant with Filipino food has landed in the city, and a family with a rich history in the local food industry has reopened a restaurant that closed at the start of pandemic.

With the three new restaurants, the city’s food scene continues to change.

On Bradley Street, co-owners Jezza Vargas and her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Kellogg, opened Flavors of the Philippines on Dec. 1, offering a sizable menu of Filipino and Asian foods.

“There’s not another Filipino restaurant in 300 miles,” Sgt. Kellogg said.

The restaurant occupies a building at 568 Bradley St., once the home of a car detailing business and a sandwich shop years ago.

The couple completed major renovations before the opening.

Ms. Vargas went to culinary school to learn to be a chef at Lyceum of Philippines University in Manila and has eight years of experience in the food industry in Colorado Springs, where she managed two restaurants. They moved to the north country this fall when he was assigned to Fort Drum.

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