Bolsa Does Local

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Like many other communities around the country, the Oak Cliff neighborhood in south Dallas has seen interest in (and support of) local food skyrocket.

In an area that not too long ago was considered a food desert, the Bishop Arts District is now the epicenter of delicious, fresh and local food. Organic food co-ops, CSAs, urban farms, artisan producers and restaurants are thriving all over the neighborhood.

But few places illustrate how the real food movement has taken hold here better than Bolsa. This is a restaurant that buys their ingredients from a revolving roster of over 40 local farms. An old auto repair shop has been re-purposed into a shining example of how when you build a place for folks to eat locally grown food, they will come.

Executive Chef Jeff Harris worked for six years with Tom Colicchio at Craft, in New York. That experience is good news for diners in Oak Cliff because what his kitchen is producing is phenomenal.

When we spoke with him recently, it was plain to see he was very excited about the upcoming growing season in Texas. He told us, as he showed us around, that he “couldn’t wait to get his hands on tomatoes, corn and summer squash.” Look out!

It makes sense that Bolsa means “bag” in Spanish because their new chef-driven market, Bolsa Mercado, is filling lots of them with locally produced products. Texas-made cheeses, olive oils, jams and other good things line the shelves at this sibling down the block. Housemade sausages and Animal Welfare Approved meats are waiting in the butcher’s case. A wide selection of prepared food and an intelligent selection of wine make this a place for folks to eat well on the go.

Bolsa is a great example of how the real food movement is putting down locally roots.

What example of the real food movement do you see in your neighborhood?

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