This Sunday, Sept. 13th, Cibo Matto and Hearts for Hope invite you to Sip For a Cure

 

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The Hearts for Hope Foundation and Cibo Matto invite you to the 2nd Annual Sip For A Cure Wine and Beer Tasting Event on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2-5pm. The Hearts for Hope Foundation is a “non-profit organization started in 2009 with the mission to provide financial aid to families battling Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The foundation has raised over $400,000 and has been instrumental to many families in alleviating the financial burden that comes with having a CF patient to care for.” Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening disease for which there is no cure.

The Hearts for Hope Foundation was founded by the Finegan family from Mansfield. Their two daughters, Katherine and Fallon, were diagnosed with CF, and their son James carries the gene. During their most difficult times, the donations from the Foundation gave them the financial and emotional support they needed. When their daughter Fallon passed away in 2010 at the age of 16, their mission grew to include so many more families. Diane Finegan says, “The most important thing about the Hearts for Hope Foundation is that what started off as a foundation that our family had established for us when we were in crisis, has really turned into Fallon’s greatest legacy.”

In honor of “Fal”, we hope you can join us and support these families who need your help.

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Choosing Farm-Raised Salmon From the Faroe Islands

There is not enough wild salmon on this planet to sustain the growing demand placed on it by the hundreds of millions of people who enjoy it all over the world. China alone gets most of our own Wild Alaskian salmon. Huge grocery store chains, fish markets, restaurants, and the medical and health food industries compete for it. The wealthy salmon eaters and self-named salmon snobs are pounding the table with fork in fist for more wild salmon.

 

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The alternative for meeting this demand is farm-raised salmon that is safe for you and the environment, plus economical. The majority of the salmon Americans eat is farm-raised salmon, feeding millions of people healthy omega 3’s so we can live longer and eat more salmon. When we shopped for farmed salmon, we cast a net far and wide toward the Northern Atlantic, Norway, and Scotland until we settled on a beautiful remote location called the Faroe Islands. Sounds like a mysterious island where only pirates and lost boys live, but it has one of the most successful salmon farming industries on the planet. We admire and trust how they care for the salmon and the environment, and we’re hocked on it’s taste.

 

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Salmon Dens on the Faroe Islands

Located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, the aquaculture industry in the Faroe Islands is committed to “sustainability and sound stewardship of the environment.” Salmon veterinarians, if you can believe it, “ensure the welfare of farmed Faroese salmon, as it protects the salmon from disease and keeps them completely free of antibiotics.” The clear waters, combined with the fast-moving currents from the North Atlantic Drift, create an environment where salmon can thrive, and a live a life on the wild side, moving freely through large pens where the water is as pristine as the spawning rivers in the Pacific Northwest, if not cleaner.

 

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Herb Crusted Organic Salmon

 

Fish farming has been around for centuries, sustaining cultures from the Romans to the Mayans.  The modern day aquaculture industry is necessary to sustain the world population of over 7 billion people for centuries to come.

 

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The Boston Public Market – First in the Nation

The Boston Public Market is finally open. This “year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh, locally sourced food” is the first in our nation, and it’s like an amusement park for us fresh folks. We would definitely wait in line for the walla walla sweet onion wipeout!  Now all these beautiful, fresh, often strange and always creative products will be available to everybody that might try something new at their table using raclette cheese, charcuterie, or gourmet marshmallows. There is so much to learn and enjoy. These discoveries and the meals they inspire are what excite us, and we hope they will excite you too in the kitchen, whether it’s at your own or Cibo Matto.

Don’t forget to grab that fresh cut bunch of artisan flowers.

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Our Roasted Golden Beet Salad

Our roasted golden beet salad includes baby arugula, pistachios, gorgonzola vinaigrette, champagne orange reduction and a balsamic drizzle. It’s a mouthful, and delicious at that. Everything has a lovely taste on their own and they do not overwhelm each other when brought together. The drama of the balsamic drizzle plays nicely with the champagne orange reduction. The sweet beet stands up to the bold gorgonzola. The soft baby arugula and pistachio provide a nice contrast in texture. Beyond the wonderful flavor, the golden beet is very high in anti-oxidants and loaded with vitamins and minerals. It gets the Gold Star.

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Fresh and organic from Langwater Farm

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Roasted for browning and caramelization

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Sliced for optimal blending

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Flour. Water. Yeast. Salt.

 

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Our fresh-baked bread is the life force behind the success of our business. We use only the best ingredients, fermented to perfection for the ultimate flavor, texture and crumb. Our bread dough has no additives, preservatives, or added sugar, never bleached and never bromated. We only use high quality King Arthur hi-gluten flour, which contains 14% protein. The hi-gluten makes a more flavorful and complex dough. Seems simple enough.

We serve our ciabatta and focaccia bread with fine olive oil, salt, black pepper, red pepper and Parmesan. It’s brought to your table within a few minutes, so don’t start any important conversations. Once you have ripped and dipped, you know you’re in for a wonderful meal with your spouse, best friend, family member or coworker. You have ceremoniously broken bread, which has fallen and risen to the occasion.

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True Colors

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Many times people ask us why our tomato sauce orange. There are two reasons. First, during the summer we use only local, award-winning heirloom tomatoes which come in a variety of colors from purples and reds, to yellows and greens. When making the sauce, the colors combine and make orange. We all know when you mix yellow and red, it makes orange. It’s not magic or butter or vodka. It’s from tomatoes with names like Brandywine, Solar Flare and Mint Julip.

Second, we do not use tomatoes with additives, preservatives, or citric acid. Added citric acid in particular keeps the tomatoes redder. We only use fresh tomatoes without added citric acid which is why our sauce is lighter and orange.

Cultivators, geneticists and big manufactorers have all had their fun experimenting with the tomato. Transforming it inside and out. In many cases, going too far and producing a tasteless tomato. Perhaps when it comes to bringing out the full potential of the tomato, there are too many cooks in the kitchen. So, my philosophy is to let the tomato be itself. It should be free to express it’s true colors…even orange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Than Just Desserts

Leaving Cibo’s after a wonderful meal without trying a delicious dessert wine is like leaving the movie theatre before the credits are over. You’re going to miss out on the full experience. Remember “Anchorman” and “Shrek 2”? Don’t be in such a rush. Stay for that last laugh and dip some biscotti in your Vin Santo.

We have four delicious dessert wines to choose from that we know you’ll enjoy. The Selvapiana with it’s hint of butterscotch. The “Ben Rye” you’ll love for it’s sweet apricot and honey. The Chapoutier from Banyuls, France teases you with cocoa. The “Casa Lola” has a wonderful combination of almond and honey.

When your meal is cleared, and the Vin Santo is presented in the long-stemmed, tulip-shaped glasses, everyone starts to relax and conversations really start to flow. We chose these special dessert wines with that perfect ending in mind. They are worth waiting for!

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 2005 Selvapiana – Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina

Butterscotch, sweet date fruit and a real almondy finish.

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2011 Donnafugata “Ben Rye” – Passito Di Pantelleria

“On the nose intense notes of apricot and peach
followed by sweet sensations of dried figs and honey, aromatic herbs and mineral notes.”

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2012 M. Chapoutier – Banyuls

Fruity with cocoa aromas

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Tre Monti “Casa Lola” – Albana Passito

Apricot, honey and almond

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Celebrating the annual National Farmers Market Week

 

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Some of our favorite meals wouldn’t be complete without the certified organic produce from Langwater Farm in North Easton. So everyday we have many reasons to celebrate farmers markets as we believe Langwater Farm has the most amazing fresh produce around. The colors alone send off sparks of inspiration for daily specials. Their family heirloom tomato makes our Caprese Salad a perfect summer appetizer. Our goal at Cibo’s is to perpare our dishes with all-natural ingredients, with as little junk, chemicals and pesticides as possible…just a good dose of vitamin C and A!

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Our Wagyu Beef Sliders

What does Hello Kitty and Wagyu beef have in come? They are both highly prized and sought after Japanese treasures. But unlike the Hello Kitty world takeover, Wagyu beef arrived in small increments, in the form of sliders, big burgers and meatballs, slowly working it’s way onto the palettes of very satisfied customers, and will occassionally show up on our “Special’s Menu.”

So, should you Wagyu? Absolutely. Here is the short history. The Wagyu, which means “Japanese beef”, toiled for centuries cultivating rice on top of it’s high alltitude dojo, being feed beer and messaged, resulting in a genetically superior, tasty and tender beef, far surpassing Angus. No offense. Not to be outdone, US ranchers crossbred the Angus with the Wagyu. It’s a tale of East meets West, a hard working, lean machine from the US falls for a pampered, fatty bovine from Japan, producing a nice, rich, flavorful alternative to all-American. 

The best Japanese Wagyu breed is Kobe, a delicacy and national treasure, and it’s nearly impossible to find 100% Kobe in the US. If you do, don’t pay the $350 unless the chef can show you the birth certificate saying “Born in Kobe.”

In addition to the unique nature of the meat, our wagyu is grass-fed, hormone free and rich in healthy fatty acids. We prepare our sliders California style with herb mayo and avocado, and Southwestern style with fried onion strings, chedder cheese and bbq sauce.

One other thing. Hello Kitty is also not 100% Japanese. While she originated in Japan, she was actually born in London, England. How did she slide that past us. HELLO!?

 

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Our Top Three Olive Oils.

True story… The Spartans used olive oil to accentuate their chiseled bodies in battle, circa a long time ago.  We, however, use it to accentuate our fresh baked bread. What a versitle little fruit, eh?

There are hundreds of olive oils to choose from, with a huge range of flavors, and we are lucky enough to sample so many of them. The next time you need to replenish the pantry, try something new. Pick one that says “peppery” and try it with your steak. Soak them up with some bread to taste the differences. You will be amazed. Here are our three top choices with flavors ranging from fruity to peppery that enhance, if not define, the taste of all our dishes. It’s also important to note that all our salad dressing are made in house.

First is the Corto extra virgin from California’s Central Valley.  It’s served with the salt and pepper tray and fresh bread when you first sit down to eat. It makes a great first impression.

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Second is the Francesco De Padova extra virgin from the hills of Puglia. We serve it with our bread and salads. It’s described as having “A light fruity taste, with hints of green tomato, ripe olives and light pepper on the finish. It is well balanced and has a lovely aroma.” We concurr.

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Third is the Frantoio Salvagno extra virgin olive oil which is cultivated naturally in Verona, Italy, without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. It has a nice fruity back-taste that is perfect with our fish, salads and chicken dishes. It makes for a nice drizzle on top of the risotto. We respect Salvagno as a company because, like we do, they have chosen to deliver cleaner, fresher and safer food to your table.

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