Good Food

Good food is hard to find.

So when a woman in my town opens up her backyard cottage to some hungry housewives, you can imagine the happy faces.

One of my readers emailed me last week "did you know that a woman in your town is selling lunch and treats out of her gorgeous "shed"? (I would happily live in her shed, it's so nice.....)."

No, I did not know.

Every Thursday, Carolyn opens for lunch between 12-3. The name of her atelier is called Panetica (Latin for "ethical bread").

She bakes beautiful bread with a special grape starter that she's been carrying around with her from country to country (she lived in the UK and Australia prior to moving to NJ).

Everything is homemade and beautifully presented, using fresh ingredients from local green markets.

I felt like I was at Ina Garten's home in the Hamptons, only Jeffrey wasn't there.

Each week, her menu changes.

Get in line.

Yesterday's menu was:

~ Late Harvest Parsnip Soup with quick-preserved Meyer Lemons and Potato Chips
~ Leek, Pea and Ham Galettes with St. Agur and Chives
~ Roasted Chicken Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Mayonnaise and Toasted Pecans
~ Pan Bagnat Salad with Tuna, Green Olives, Haricots Verts, Parsley, Pickled Red Onion, Anchovy and Cucumbers

~ Lavosh Crisps with Sesame Seeds
~ Meyer Lemon Hummus

~ Poppy Seed-Passion Fruit Dressing
~ Strawberry Sauce
~ Leek Confit (in little Weck jars)

~ Sourdough Loaves
~ Cheddar Sesame Seed Shortbread

~ Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
~ Rhubarb and Brown Butter Streusel Tarts
~ Gingerbread
~ Strawberry Oat Scones
~ Chocolate Financiers

I love the idea of selling wonderful, fresh food from your home to hungry locals. It was like a secret lunch club.

Well, the secret's out.

Maybe I'll renovate my garage, open my double barn doors and start selling tarts and sandwiches to the contractors in town for lunch.


See you next Thursday.


Anonymous said…
Losing my religion. Somebody had to fill YOU in? Can't believe your finely honed foodie instincts alone didn't lead you to this gem. Smack dab in the middle of Summit! The food looks GORGEOUS - those Galettes. Next Thursday - it's a date, Ms. Snacks!

You could do this from the carriage house attached to your kitchen. Everyone could eat outside. The line would be around the block.

That is so cool! What a great idea. I wonder what brought her to NJ? No matter, I am sure you are glad she moved in near you! :-) I used to hang out in your neck of the woods a bit, but now I am in South Jersey. If I ever get up north again, I will have to check out this little 'shed' for lunch!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
What a great idea - and so convenient for you. You're right - it could be right out of the Hampton's and Ina's neighborhood. Delicious looking food too. I await the opening of Stacey Snacks food shack next.
Anonymous said…
I love your recipes! And thank you for this information, but can you tell me where Panetica is in Summit? Angela Muller
Betsy said…
Stacey Snacks Shack! Do it! We would all line up!
Can you disclose the secret lunch location for Panetica? Looks fab.
I'd have to do a take out. I wouldn't want anyone to see how much of that gorgeous food I'd be eating.
Kalina said…
So cute, "only Jeffrey wasn't there"

Anything that feels like Ina's house has got to be something special!

Thanks for sharing :)
Anonymous said…
What a charming idea !
This is the coolest idea ever! I love it! I want one of those "sheds". Do it Stace. Stacey Snacks Shack!
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Anonymous said…
I just wanted to say that I went - thank you for alerting me to it! It is so charming, and the food is delicious. You could do it, too, Stacey - just pick a different day of the week, so that I can have another day's dinner covered! Beth