Jennifer McIlvaine has opened Bruschettina (“Farmer’s Market Fare”) at the Columbia City Farmer’s Market this summer. She prepares wonderful tapas-style snacks on her trusty gas grill (pity the poor girl in this summer heat!). They’re magnificent. If, like me, you sometimes don’t eat lunch–you can take a tasty late one at the Market (open 3-7 PM on Wednesdays) with Jennifer while you do your shopping.
She chooses her major ingredients from other Market vendors: Tallgrass hominy bread (one of my favorite breads), goat cheese, beets, etc. She toasts up the bread on the grill and offers four different ingredient options: chickpeas and octopus (mmm!), beets and olive oil, chevre and chopped ? and cucumbers with olive oil.
The last time I posted about a Columbia City vendor (Belle’s Buns) Food & Wine Magazine noticed and asked to include Carolyn Ferguson in an upcoming article about artisanal baking. I can’t promise Jennifer anything that grand. But having my reader’s approbation and patronage would be nice for starters!