Welcome to Spoonful’s Summer Issue!
Summer is the season of saltwater, of feeling the wind in our hair and sunshine on our skin. It’s the season of hot dogs at the ball game, frosty margaritas in salt-rimmed glasses, and handfuls of salty popcorn, cuddled in the air-conditioned chill of darkened movie theaters. Summer is a season that invites adventure and togetherness of all kinds.
This summer, join us as we tuck into a backyard brunch with Top Chef star and co-host of The Chew, Carla Hall, complete with her take on Nashville hot chicken and a proper southern pound cake. Enjoy this video from a chill, friendly gathering with Carla and a few of her friends and supporters in Brooklyn, New York:
Then, travel with us around the coast of the United States, beginning in New England, for a feast of mussels and clams with MasterChef finalist Anna Rossi. Learn how to harvest Amagansett Sea Salt on the shore of Long Island, then travel down to Virginia for a family crab boil. From there, head south, stopping in Miami for beachside tacos, and on to Louisiana for lunch on the deck of Brooke Bass’s sailboat. Heading out to sea, we go salmon fishing in Alaska with Sitka Salmon Shares. Elk, chanterelles, and wild berries balance these seaside stories, offering a salt of the earth experience in the mountains of Colorado. And since the salt isn’t the most important part of those summer margaritas, we travel to Santa Cruz to Venus Spirits to sip El Ladron, their stateside take on Mexico’s tequila. In all of these travels, we welcome you along with us.
We hope you’ll take inspiration from the meals in these pages to craft summer adventures of your own. A season, if you will, to taste.
Photo by Nicholas Gang, video by Joe Kramer