ABOUT THIS BOX
San Luis Obispo (SLO) is home to 20 weekly farmers’ markets, creating a vibrant local food scene of rich cheeses, meats, fish, bread and produce. It’s also fertile ground for chefs, small-batch food makers, restaurateurs, and cookbook writers who come together to continue the creative journey of cooking. Out of the Box Collective has curated an inspirational box for food lovers who appreciate local traditions and want a simple meal experience to reflect the SLOcal bounty of both food and people coming together to create culinary magic. Our farmers’ market hero in the SLOcal space is Kendra Aronson. She brings her unique voice to the kitchen. The writer and publisher of “San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Simple Seasonal Recipes & Short Stories from the Central Coast of California”, Aronson has compiled a collection of recipes, many by the folks in the community, to showcase the local ingredients that are in several signature dishes from Southern and Central California. The Santa Maria-style Tri-Tip with Pinquito beans, featured in our box and Aronson’s cookbook, is one such local specialty that puts pure heart and soul – and classic Central California flavor – onto your dinner plate.
WHY THIS BOX?
Who doesn’t want to support a food and farming community and culture that is this colorful, bountiful and delicious? When we share our cookbook secrets, we all grow that much closer to the beauty of local and less commercial, handmade and less machine manufactured, intimate and less impersonal. We support a local food economy with seasonal produce that’s best for our health and well-being. By enjoying this box, you may also feel inclined to explore Kendra’s glorious cookbook full of stunning stories and recipes — from Grilled Sausage, Poached Eggs, & Hasselblad Potatoes with Pistachio Pesto to Apple Tartlets.
Autumn is here, and this box will put you in the midst of multiple colors and a change of palate. You’ll enjoy Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, leeks, mushrooms, tart green apples, and pomegranates. And arriving just in time for a delicious preparation of the classic tri-tip meal are pinquito beans, a cross between a pink bean and a small white bean. Once you’re on the path to mastering this dish, there is no turning back. This scrumptious Santa Maria BBQ standard will turn any dilettante in the kitchen into an avid chef with a prize-winning meal for the ages.