7.28.2005

One Prodigious Paella

We like things big in this country, take for example Wednesday's news flurry over plans to construct the world's tallest building in Chicago. While not nearly the same architectural feat, a crew of chef's from Jaleo will construct a monstrous paella this afternoon (weather permitting) at the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market.

Last year's paella, which cost a voluntary $3 donation, was perfectly tasty, but this event is more about the experience of watching cooks stir such a heaping helping of steaming rice. The paella last summer required 122 pounds of rice, more than 100 pounds of chicken and buckets of vegetables from local farms, all cooked in an 8-foot custom-made pan. Check in around 4 or 5 p.m. to see if it's ready, but keep an eye on the weather — the event has already been delayed once.

It's also a great excuse to check out the small market that usually has a great selection of heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, whole grain breads and other produce. The market is open every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. on Eighth St. NW between D and E streets.

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