Thanksgiving Comes Early to the Montavilla Farmers Market!

November 12, 2012 |  by  |  Blog, Chef Demos

We’re thrilled to announce a special Thanksgiving edition (if you will) of our Market Chef series! This coming Sunday, Nov. 18th, come see the Country Cat’s own Mike Eels  and Daniel Miller of Adalu Stew— both former Market Demo Chefs — join forces and cook up a complete Thanksgiving feast. They’ll be using fantastic produce that our wonderful farmers are bringing in and a turkey from Cerigioli Gardens, as well as turkeys kindly donated specifically for this cause by New Seasons market (a very close second best thing to a local farmers market, as we all know).

The boys will use their super cheffing skills to transform the bounty of the Autumn market into a delicious repast, worthy of every food lovers’ favorite holiday. Starting at 10 am, Mike and Daniel will be demonstrating a new dish every half hour :

10:00 Squash soup
10:30 Celery root and sweet potato gratin & Cranberry Sauce
11:00 Braised brussel sprouts
11:30 Perfect Country Gravy
12:00 Deep Fried Turkey (did you catch that? – DEEP. FRIED. TURKEY. dig it.)

Finally at 1pm, ‘dinner’ is served! Plates heavy with all that marvelous food will be sold at $5 a pop, and 100% of the proceeds will go to support our Everybody Eats program, an incredibly important local outreach program that is so very needed at what for many of our neighbors is a cold, lonely and hungry time of year.

This will be more than just another meal. Mike and Daniel have a high hopes for this puppy, far beyond simply filling bellies and teaching kitchen skills. As Daniel so eloquently describes; “We’re hoping it’ll be much like being in the kitchen all day for a family Thanksgiving; enjoying the food preparation and camaraderie as much as the gustatory experience.  The whole idea of the demo, and of Thanksgiving itself, is to be thankful for the bountiful food that is so prevalent here in Oregon, to truly appreciate the food as well as those who grow it. More than simply a cooking demo, Mike and I are hoping to foster the communication between farms, farmers and home cooks. The shared food is our medium.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. See you at the market & Happy Thanksgiving to all!



  1. Wonderful article! BTW Dr. Louise Rose, ND from Rose Cabinet Medicine will be with us at the demo to discuss food as medicine and how eating locally and seasonally boosts the immune system and can help you get through winter without illness. Will be tons of fun!

  2. Local turkeys can’t be beat! Hope to see you there.


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