Foodie Underground: A Year in Review

ColumnFoodie Underground is turning one year old. Help us celebrate and win!

“From supper clubs to mini farmers’ markets to beyond…weekly!”

Those were the words of my editor last March. I had just finished writing a roundup of farmers markets around the country, and in the process, had found an assortment of all kinds of other “DIY markets.” That had the potential for at least another story. And then another article turned into another and another, and suddenly, we had a weekly column on our hands.

The words “weekly column” were mildly daunting as I wasn’t entirely sure how this new feature would take form, and to be perfectly honest, I only had a couple of story ideas lined up. Certainly not anything to get me through a year. But I forged ahead, racking my brain, my connections and the internet for all that seemed “underground” and avant-garde. And Foodie Underground was born.

With lots of direction and ongoing tips from said editor, Foodie Underground has become a beloved feature where we take a look at food trends of all kinds. It’s also allowed me to take a ridiculous amount of food photographs.

I like to think of Foodie Underground as a place to explore “democratized foodie-ism.” If anything has become clear in the last year, it’s that food lovers exist in all circles. We’re not pretentious culinary pros with our noses in the air. Some of us love to cook and some of us are happy never putting a foot in the kitchen. But we all appreciate good food, where it comes from and the stories behind it. And we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

There’s coffee delivered on bikes, cookies baked in an apartment and served out of a window on a string and underground markets gone wild with home brewed kombucha. It’s all part of a movement that’s making us not only enjoy food, but think about it as more than just something we consume for sustenance.

Foodie Underground turns a year old next week, and to celebrate, we want you to take part and show us your foodie favorites. Maybe it’s a hand-me-down recipe that you can’t go to a dinner party without, maybe it’s your favorite local food truck that serves up a mean plate of organic tacos, maybe it’s a photo of your home brewed liqueurs, maybe it’s a painting rendition of a classic recipe, or maybe it’s your weekly indulgence for taking food porn shots. Whatever it is, we want to see it! Get creative.

Send your photos, recipes and Foodie Underground favorites to tips[at]ecosalon[dot]com. Our favorite submission will win a set of Festival Sol Mini Bowls, made with recycled glass, from VivaTerra. So cute!

Good luck, and see you next week.

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of Anna Brones’s column at EcoSalon, Foodie Underground. Each week, Anna will be taking a look at something new and different that’s taking place in the underground food movement, from supper clubs to mini markets to culinary avant garde.

Images: Laura Cooke Ceramics, Anna Brones, VivaTerra

Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.