On Saturday, September 24, the Art Center of Burlington, Iowa hosted its third Annual Street Art and Home Brew. The 300 block of Jefferson was blocked off for budding artists to practice their craft under the tutelage of the Art Center's instructors. Skunk River Medicine Show played throughout the event, Orange Ember provided food for the event, and the Burlington Makers of Beer, M.O.B., donated home brewed beer for tasting.
This was the last event of the year for the Burlington food tent, Orange Ember, who will be returning to Burlington's downtown next year in a food truck rather than a tent. On the menu that evening was their herb crusted potato and a pork loin sandwich. Barbecue sauce was offered for both, and herb butter provided for the potato.
The Street Art and Home Brew event ran from 3 PM to 6 PM, a little early for me to eat a full meal. I ate only the herb crusted potato, and my husband had the pork loin sandwich with barbecue sauce.
The herb crusted potato has been a staple side dish for Orange Ember throughout the spring and summer seasons, and without a doubt, it is one of the draws to their stand at each Farmer's Market. The herb crusted skin of the potato provides a strong flavor, and I find the rosemary on the skin is the strongest note. I rarely eat the skin off of a baked potato, but whenever I get my food from Orange Ember, I eat least get through part of it. Eating it with the body of the potato itself helps to strengthen the flavors provided by the herb butter.
With a future food truck in the works, we can only hope to see more from Orange Ember, and we hope to see them at next years Street Art and Home Brew. You can visit Orange Ember at their facebook page, or check out the Art Center of Burlington for future events.
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