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Northshore November 2019

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 6 NOVEMBER 2019 PHOTOGRAPHS, TOP TO BOTTOM BY LESLIE BRIENZA,COURTESY OF ZUMA, AND BY JARED CHARNEY In writing this letter, in which I intended to focus solely on buying local, I remembered a petition Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours sent to me this past summer on the possibility of taxes being raised on imported cheese, wine, olives, and whiskey from Europe, as well as a favorite staple in my fridge: Irish butter. e petition did not deter the U.S. federal government from imposing hefty tariffs—25 percent—on $7.5 billion worth of imported goods from the European Union. This all stems from a dispute between the United States and the European Union over illegal subsidies to Airbus, and the idea that these subsidies have cost American aerospace companies hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue over the nearly 15 years of litigation. The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the United States on October 14, giving our country the ability to create these tariffs. The countries most affected are France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. So what does this have to do with our little corner of the world? Gourmet food shops, such as Joppa Fine Foods in Newburyport, The Cheese Shop of Salem, Savour Wine & Cheese in Gloucester, and Pamplemousse in Reading, could potentially have to raise their prices on imported items, which could hurt sales at these small locally owned and operated businesses, along with other shops in the region and across the United States—not to mention the producers of these European products. Although I am a huge advocate for purchasing local produce, meats, and cheeses, we simply can't replicate Italy's Parmigiano- Reggiano, England's sweet tea biscuits, France's Puligny-Montrachet wine, or Germany's plum jams. I hope we as a region will not only continue to support our local produce farmers, cheesemongers, vintners, brewers, bakers, and fishermen but also continue to support local businesses that supply us with unique and delicious items found in the global market. All this being said, I want to also celebrate our locally produced foods here on the North Shore. Writer Dinah Cardin shares tips on shopping locally to create a gorgeous Thanksgiving feast, and Andrew Crump checks in with Beverly's latest taproom, Old Planters, where the owners are proud of their townie roots and brews. Jeanne O'Brien Coffey visits The Modern Butcher in Newburyport, whose owners purchase whole animals directly from New England farms, creating tasty cuts of meat. Sarah Shemkus speaks to Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a subscription-based program that aims to sell the highest-quality local fish while balancing the economic and environmental challenges faced by Gloucester's fisheries. And Alexandra Pecci visits three regional bread bakers who deliver delicious loaves to the North Shore every week. We have so much to be thankful for in our bountiful corner of the world. We hope you enjoy our most delicious issue of the year and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Nancy E. Berry, Editor WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU Send comments to the editor: Top to bottom, Annarossa's fresh bread, sliced yellowtail with green chilli relish, ponzu, and pickled garlic from Zuma, and the Raymond Cabernet Savignon from Pellana. E D I T O R ' S N O T E WELCOME TO THE ISSUE NOV 2019 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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