This morning I blearily checked Facebook, and ran across this post from M.A.’s Gourmet Hot Dogs:
Topping Tuesday?! Airport heights elementary school grows the basil, Table 6 prepares it for their restaurant–M.A.’s has it as the topping today!!! Pesto Delight
This was a win win win WIN for me:
- I love reindeer dogs
- I love pesto (especially FRESH)
- I’d heard about the Airport Heights* project and think it’s really cool
- The sunshine was out today!
Besides, eating something fresh and local is so appealing, especially this time of year when we’re longing for summer but we keep getting snow. I worried my day wouldn’t allow a walk around downtown and was prepping myself for the inevitable disappointment of missing out on such a fun (and flavorful) collaboration.
And then my schedule opened up at the perfect time (more winning!), and I was able to coerce a colleague into braving the chilly temperatures (18 degrees despite the sun) to go for a walk with me to try Airport Heights’ fresh basil / Table 6‘s Pesto / M.A.’s genius grilling (she said, “I’ve never been to M.A.’s, but I do love reindeer dogs…” An easy sell!).
And oh was it good. Pesto-ey delightful, in fact.
Sweet grilled onions, the irreplaceable taste of grilled reindeer sausage, a bite of garlic mixed with the freshest of basil – we decided we could have easily eaten three each, if only they weren’t so filling.
Here’s a bit about the Airport Heights basil growing project, the impetus for my hotdog eating lunch today, from Alaska Bites:
“…students at Airport Heights Elementary School are growing basil. They’ve grown so much basil they’re selling it.”
Read the rest here.
I’m not sure if / when M.A. will be serving up the fresh pesto again (I sincerely hope he does) but it’s worth stopping by for a bite regardless.
How do you eat your reindeer dogs?
*I snagged the photo from the Airport Heights blog… If Airport Heights bloggers are reading this, hope that’s okay! Only way I could get a photo (today) of your gorgeous plants!