09/06/2011

Local Flavor: Why the best food is close to home.

Chef Ryan Littman plants the seed for healthy eating.




Taste the fruits of his labor at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

Keri Glassman A good chef can’t be afraid to get his hands dirty, which is something Chef Ryan Littman takes seriously.On any given day, you’ll find him digging around the resort’s 8,000-square-foot garden; chatting up farmers at the local market; or stopping along the side of the road to squeeze fresh cantaloupes. Why, you might wonder, would a chef who oversees the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa’s seven restaurants go through all this trouble? For Littman, it’s in the taste.

Keri3Food tastes best when you're invested in it, whether that means growing it yourself (like Littman) or learning more about the people who do. Plus, eating local is not only good for the environment—it's good for you, says nutritionist Keri Glassman. The less time your food spends traveling, the more nutrients and flavor it retains.

When it comes to cooking, keeping things simple is key: at the resort’s restaurants, including Rivertop Grill and Cibolo Moon, you’ll discover how honoring fresh ingredients and using basic techniques is a recipe for a fantastic meal.

Inspired to visit your local farmer’s market? Try out Chef Littman’s Parisian Gnocchi and Farmstand Frittata recipes, and share some of your own.

What food is growing in your garden?

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you’ll discover how honoring fresh ingredients and using basic techniques is a recipe for a fantastic meal.