On Wednesday November 3, 2014, Capital Roots (formerly Capital District Community Gardens) celebrated the Grand Opening of their new multi-million dollar Urban Grow Center, a regional food hub with the goal of feeding and educating 300,000 people with 1,000,000 pounds of fresh food each year. Consortium chefs Ellie Markovitch, Renee Panetta and Consortium director Lecco Morris were on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony to cook with local produce and to serve Ellie’s Black Bean Chocolate Soup.
“This Black Bean Chocolate Soup is not my mother’s recipe. But it started as a Brazilian blended soup. A “caldo” for a celebration day.”
Several years back, when I met fellow Consortium chef Noah Sheetz, I learned that New York grows black beans and I could get them at The Honest Weight Food Co-op. Since then I have learned so much about local food in New York. The Urban Grow Center will help more people have access to local and fresh food. Local food tastes better for so many reasons and the stories and connections make the taste unforgettable.”
Black Bean Chocolate Soup started as a Brazilian blended soup - a “caldo” for a celebration day.