Fresh Local Organic Seasonal Sustainable
At TacomaAromaFlavor.com headquarters, I make most of our meals from scratch.
I prioritize using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients that have been produced ethically and sustainably. Sometimes those ingredients are certified “organic” and sometimes they aren’t, depending on what is available.
Still, I like the shortcut of the acronym “FLOSS” to represent my intentional choice to support fresh, local, seasonal food systems. ~It neatly encapsulates the concept and it’s easy to remember. (And my dentist appreciates any reminder of the dental floss languishing in my medicine cabinet.)
When I dine out, I want to maintain those same standards of eating. I opt for small local restaurants and bars whose chefs and bartenders share my ideals.
Here’s what some of those folks have to say on the topic:
“As Americans, we waste a large percentage of produce due to not eating within the local season. Everything tastes better when it is in season. Plus, using local produce not only creates jobs, but the produce lasts longer without travel time.” Jon Maley | ChūcH
“We strive to showcase all the wonderful flavors of the Pacific Northwest by sourcing fresh and seasonal ingredients from local producers as much as we can. We utilize local farm fresh eggs and herbs from our own garden, as well as meats and mushrooms delivered by the people who raise and forage them. We believe that you need to start with great ingredients if you hope to create delicious dishes.” Elisa Marzano | Marzano Italian Restaurant
“By changing the menu with every season, we can create dishes that reflect the best of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Whether that be fresh salmon, seasonal produce, or the latest batch of craft IPA to come out of a local brewery, we are able to keep our menu tasty and interesting. Keeping sustainability in mind, our meats are ethically sourced, which not only feels morally correct but makes for a better flavor.” Blanca Rodriguez | Pimienta Bistro
“Cooking seasonally is quite important because we like to use ingredients that are in their prime — to catch the vegetable or fruit with the best flavor and consistency.” Jan Parker | Jan Parker Cookery
“We change our menus every 5 or 6 weeks so we can work within the micro-seasons and take advantage of all of the amazing products that the PNW has to offer. We think the food is more interesting, tastes better, and helps give a sense of place.
We strive to source the best ingredients we can, treat them with care, then present them with kindness and generosity that demonstrates our passion for excellence.” Chris Keil | en Rama
“Here in the PNW we have a wealth of delectable, seasonal foodie finds. Using local, seasonal ingredients helps keep things fresh and compelling. As a bartender, I like to mirror a few ingredients a chef is featuring on the rotating menu because it makes it more interesting to pair flavor matrimonies. If you can blow a guest’s mind with the perfect nibble and libation one-two combo, you’re having a good night at work.” Jackie Casella (Fender) | Upcoming book: “Whitegirl Wasted: Recipes and Tales from the Rail”
“I support local, seasonal, organic, and sustainable because it is my responsibility as a chef and local business owner to support like-minded people.” Blake Lord-Wittig | Spice Lab / De La Terre