Farm to Kitchen: 5 Lessons from a Vegan Restaurant

My Experience as a Kitchen Helper at a Vegan Restaurant (Approx. 6 min. read) An Instagram Ad Last November, as my time at the Brunnenburg farm was winding down, I scrolled past an instagram story: “kitchen helper wanted.” It was the only vegan spot in Bolzano. I had just returned from a mid-hockey-season trip toContinue reading “Farm to Kitchen: 5 Lessons from a Vegan Restaurant”

In the Spirit of Chestnut Season

Weeks 4-6 at Brunnenburg Castle – Traditional Alpine Farming (Approximately 6 min read) One of the cutest streets in my hometown of Montclair, New Jersey is Chestnut Street. It’s a bustling side-street with great restaurants and artsy shops. For my entire 18 years of living there, I couldn’t have told you if there was aContinue reading “In the Spirit of Chestnut Season”

Stomping Grapes and Sulfite-Free Wine

Week 2 at Brunnenburg Castle – Traditional Alpine Farming (Approximately 4 minute read) You are washing the dishes. Inevitably you accidentally hit the spoon at just the wrong angle. Suddenly you’re blasted with a water cannon and left soaking wet at the sink. That was Week 1 on the farm. Except replace your spoon withContinue reading “Stomping Grapes and Sulfite-Free Wine”

The Case for Local Produce

Amaretto Pear Strudel (Vegan Farm-to-Table) with Pears from Brunnenburg Farm (Approximately 5 min read) I’m No Chef Ten years ago, the only thing I knew how to cook was pasta. Without exaggeration, I cooked it *every* *single* *day.* Back then, I only bought non-perishables; shelf-life was the name of the game. If I could haveContinue reading “The Case for Local Produce”

What is love? Baby don’t herd me.

Experiencing the 1000-year-old Alpine Sheep Trekking Tradition (Approximately 5 min read) At a farm-to-table Brunnenburg lunch last week, I received an invite to tag along on the students’ upcoming field trip. They said they were going to see the seasonal sheep migration and naturally, I jumped at the chance. The Transhumance is an ancient grazingContinue reading “What is love? Baby don’t herd me.”

Italian Wine, American Roots – No, Literally

Day 2 at Brunnenburg Castle – Traditional Alpine Farming (Approximately 3 min read) The commute today was a little bit slower… my bus got trapped behind a tractor chugging uphill at its own pace, unperturbed by the line of cars in its wake. But once I arrived, the stop-and-go bus was quickly forgotten because IContinue reading “Italian Wine, American Roots – No, Literally”

I’m a farmer now!

Day 1 at Brunnenburg Castle – Traditional Alpine Farming (Approximately 5 min read) This morning, I set out for Brunnenburg Farm to begin my newest adventure working on an organic vineyard an hour north from my new home of Bolzano, Italy. Brunnenburg Farm is located beside a 13th century castle, presiding over and protecting theContinue reading “I’m a farmer now!”