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Sam Cover registers for Spokane Marathon

Local restaurateur and award-winning chef Sam Cover all set to prepare to run this year’s Spokane Marathon

Following a busy and highly successful year for the award-winning chef and local restaurateur, Spokane native Sam Cover shows no sign of slowing down in 2020 as he prepares to launch his latest venture and, later in the year, tackle the famous Spokane Marathon for the fourth time. Already set to prepare for the event, Cover reveals more about the marathon and what’s in store for himself and his fellow runners.

“With my latest restaurant venture set to launch early in 2020, I’m already making every effort to prepare for this year’s Spokane Marathon,” explains Cover, an advocate for hyper-local food and its benefits also recently named as the chosen spokesperson for local produce suppliers at an upcoming food and wine festival. “Even with nine months to go, I’m already running twice a week in preparation, and hitting the gym whenever possible to ensure that I’m in the best possible shape ahead of this year’s event,” he adds.

Set to take place on Sunday, October 11, 2020, Spokane Marathon is, according to Sam Cover, one of the most scenic marathon courses in the United States. “One of the most scenic courses in the country, the Spokane Marathon takes runners out of downtown Spokane and along several miles of the famous Lilac Bloomsday Run course,” reveals Cover, currently a three-time veteran of the race who last ran in 2018.

Next, he says, they take in the Centennial Trail, high above the Spokane River, before meandering through the campuses of Spokane Falls Community College and Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. Continuing on among the stunning fall foliage, those partaking in the Spokane Marathon will, according to the famous chef and Pacific Northwest native, also take in many stately homes, pass through the trendy Kendall Yards neighborhood, and run under the Monroe Street bridge in the final mile. “Here,” adds Cover, “you have the most incredible view of the Spokane Falls.”

The finish, he says, is then fewer than 100 meters into the beautiful Riverfront Park. “Also set to take place on the same day are a half marathon, a marathon relay, and a 10K race,” adds the chef, wrapping up, “perfect for those looking for something a little different from the traditional marathon event.”

To find out how you can join Sam Cover at this year’s Spokane Marathon, or to learn more about the event, head to http://www.thespokanemarathon.com/.

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Sam Cover Marks a Stylish End to 2019

Celebrated chef and Spokane County native Sam Cover celebrates a prosperous end to the year and looks forward to what’s in store for 2020.

 

Recently announced as the chosen spokesperson for local produce suppliers at an upcoming food and wine festival, award-winning chef and restaurateur Sam Cover, a Spokane County native, is also set to host a number of black-tie events in and around Spokane between now and the start of the New Year. This follows a successful twelve months for Cover, who, in early 2020, is due to open a brand new restaurant in his hometown.

 

Throughout 2019, award-winning chef Sam Cover has spoken at great length about local food trends, the benefits of hyper-local ingredients, the Pacific Northwest region’s best eateries, and much more. A particular advocate for local food and drink, the Spokane County native was recently announced as an elected spokesman on behalf of local produce suppliers. Accordingly, he will appear as a representative at a prestigious upcoming wine and food event due to be hosted in the popular Washington state county of Spokane County soon. 

 

Cover is also set to open a brand new restaurant in the Spokane area early next year. The venture will, he says, see him combine indulgent but thoroughly local ingredients with beautiful, elegant plating that embody the so-called upscale comfort ethos—that couples local food and a significant level of luxury—which he loves. 

 

Proposing a professionally executed taste of home, Cover promises that every dish will be prepared to perfection. “It’ll be the perfect mix of hearty, local and regional cuisine and fine dining,” he said of the restaurant earlier this year.

 

Between now and the New Year, Cover will also host a number of glitzy black-tie events in and around Spokane and across wider Spokane County in the run-up to his restaurant launch. “It’s been another successful year,” adds the award-winning chef, wrapping up, “both for myself and for the profession and restaurant industry in the U.S. as a whole, and I look forward to what’s to come in 2020 and beyond.”

 

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, distinguished chef Sam Cover has made a name for himself working in kitchens across Spokane County and elsewhere in America, from New York City to Los Angeles, managing teams in some of the nation’s most highly regarded restaurants and hotels. With more than two decades of experience under his belt, the chef is known, in particular, for his fresh fish and seafood dishes.

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DG Contracting Continues Investment in Cutting Edge Technology

Spokane-based roofing and home improvement company DG Contracting continues to invest in the latest products, tools, and services.

Renowned for quality, service, and value, trusted roofing and home improvement company DG Contracting continues to lead the market in Spokane County and surrounding areas thanks to repeated investment into the latest cutting edge products, tools, and services. Equipment such as the Equipter RB4000 roofing buggy and investment into top-of-the-line roofing materials such as Timberline HD from GAF have now seen DG Contracting top-rated on home maintenance, repair, and improvement resource HomeAdvisor where the business has also scooped a number of prestigious awards including Elite Service Professional and Best of HomeAdvisor.

DG Contracting believes that investment into costly cutting edge equipment such as the Equipter RB4000 is essential. From protecting owners’ homes and businesses from the possibility of falling debris to allowing for safe access to great heights, DG Contracting has invested heavily in the buggies which run on 13-horsepower Honda engines. A 4-foot roll-back feature, 12-foot lift, and a near-4,000-lb capacity container also support both efficiency and a cleaner job site, according to the RB4000-equipped home improvement and roofing firm.

The business was established in 2013 on a value system of integrity and customer service. In the years since, the firm has continuously sought to invest in the latest tools and equipment. Such investment, says the company, allows DG Contracting to offer a wider-than-ever-before range of products and services to its clients.

Always attentive to customers’ needs, DG Contracting uses only the very highest standard of roofing materials backed by a 15-year warranty on workmanship. Products including award-winning Timberline and Timberline HD shingles from GAF and investment into technology and equipment such as Equipter RB4000 roofing buggies ensure that DG Contracting remains among the most trusted home improvement and roofing companies, not just in Spokane or Spokane County, but across Washington State.

This, the company says, is reflected in its five-star rating on HomeAdvisor, which provides its users with the tools and resources needed to complete their home maintenance, repair, and improvement projects. DG Contracting has also earned several HomeAdvisor awards, including Best of HomeAdvisor, HomeAdvisor Top Rated Professional, HomeAdvisor Elite Service Professional, and HomeAdvisor Seal of Approval.

To find out more about DG Contracting, which predominantly serves clients in Spokane, Cheney, Post Falls, Rockford, Worley, Four Lakes, and surrounding areas, head to https://dgcontractingspokanellc.com/.

DG Contracting

DG Contracting Rated Rive Stars on HomeAdvisor

Spokane County roofing and remodeling specialists DG Contracting proud to be top-rated among HomeAdvisor-listed professionals.

A trusted home improvement and roofing contractor servicing Spokane, Washington, and surrounding areas, DG Contracting promises prompt, professional, and reliable service with an emphasis on excellence and complete client satisfaction. Now top-rated among HomeAdvisor-listed professionals based on more than 140 verified customer testimonials, DG Contracting invites potential clients to call or visit them online to find out why the Spokane County-based business comes so highly recommended.

DG Contracting is currently rated 4.97/5 on HomeAdvisor based on almost 150 verified ratings. Rated by criteria, DG Contracting scores 5/5 for quality, 5/5 for customer service, and 5/5 for value for money, according to the service which provides its users with the tools and resources they need to complete their home maintenance, repair, and improvement projects.

Spokane County-based DG Contracting serves clients in Spokane, Post Falls, Cheney, Four Lakes, Rockford, Worley, and surrounding areas. Specializing in roofing and remodels, the company offers roofing and asphalt shingle roof installation, among other services. In business since 2013, state-licensed and trade-registered general contractor DG Contracting is proud to offer free estimates to all clients.

“DG Contracting and their crew are the best!” begins DG Contracting’s latest five-star HomeAdvisor review. “They removed the tile from our roof, repaired a sagging portion due to broken trusses, removed our spouting, repaired or replaced facets as required and then installed new three-ply composite roofing material all in less than two weeks,” reveals the testimonial, posted by DG Contracting client David, from Liberty Lake, Washington.

“DG Contracting were timely and accomplished everything we requested during a difficult weather period, including snow, rain, and freezing temperatures,” they continue. “Can’t say enough positive things other than the roof looks great!” adds David, wrapping up his review.

HomeAdvisor-as featured on Bloomberg, MarketWatch, financial news outlet Barron’s, and in the Chicago Business Journal-provides homeowners with the tools and resources required to complete their home improvement, maintenance, and repair projects. With HomeAdvisor, individuals and families are able to view average project costs, find local home professionals, and instantly book appointments online. The company is based in Golden, Colorado.

Further to achieving a five-star rating on the platform, DG Contracting has also earned a number of HomeAdvisor awards including Best of HomeAdvisor, HomeAdvisor Top Rated Professional, HomeAdvisor Elite Service Professional, HomeAdvisor Seal of Approval, and Five Years with HomeAdvisor, marking more than half a decade of active HomeAdvisor membership.

To learn more about DG Contracting or to read additional DG Contracting reviews, visit the Spokane County contracting firm’s profile on HomeAdvisor at https://www.homeadvisor.com/rated.DGContractingLLC.39796902.html. Alternatively, for further information or to request a free estimate, call 509-209-1894 or head to https://dgcontractingspokanellc.com/.

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Sam Cover Puts Forward Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes as Award-Winning Chef

Veteran restaurateur and celebrated chef Sam Cover highlights his favorite Thanksgiving recipes in time for this year’s holiday.

 

A celebrated chef and veteran restaurateur, multi-award-winning Sam Cover has worked in some of the country’s top hotels and dining establishments in addition to opening and running a number of his own highly successful restaurant businesses. Set to launch his latest venture in Spokane, Washington, early next year, Cover reveals a number of his favorite Thanksgiving dishes in time for this year’s holiday on Thursday, November 28.

 

“While I’m known for embracing the latest food trends, and for my commitment to locally sourced ingredients and the ever-growing farm-to-table movement, Thanksgiving, I believe, is a time for traditional food and drink,” reveals Cover, a Pacific Northwest native, born and raised in Washington’s Spokane Valley. 

 

Sam Cover has spoken at length about his passion for hyper-local food and its benefits, as well as his love of the authentic flavors of the Pacific Northwest. When it comes to Thanksgiving, however, the award-winning chef and restaurateur is one for tradition. “Brussels sprouts in butter, roast turkey, rich gravy – Thanksgiving is all about tradition and a taste of home,” he suggests. “That’s not to say there isn’t room for a little creativity, though,” adds the chef, “and I do enjoy experimenting with additional flavors.”

 

Cover points toward his popular cranberry sauce recipe as one example. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, the chef’s unique cranberry sauce is, he says, a perfect Thanksgiving accompaniment and a welcome twist on more typical offerings. “My Thanksgiving green bean casserole always goes down well, too,” explains Cover of his vegetarian-friendly dish spiced with herbs and rich with sour cream and a variety of cheeses.

 

Other Thanksgiving dishes and sides favored by the chef include a tomato-based turkey soup, roasted butternut squash, spiced pumpkin seeds, candied yams, and celery stuffing, plus a more unusual winter fruit salad with poppyseed and lemon dressing.

 

For dessert, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Cover’s approach remains wholly traditional. “From bread pudding and pumpkin pie to cookies, cheesecake, and other family favorites,” he adds, wrapping up, “there’s no better Thanksgiving dessert than the time-honored traditional options we’ve all grown up with and which we’ve all invariably come to know and love.”

 

Award-winning chef Sam Cover’s all-new restaurant is set to open in Spokane, Washington, in early 2020.

Sam Cover Outlines His Favorite Dishes

Spokane County native and award-winning chef Sam Cover shares several of his favorite dishes, heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest. 

 

From locally sourced salmon served with roasted squash to poached pears, chocolate souffle, and homemade quince turnovers, award-winning chef Sam Cover is heavily committed to sourcing local ingredients wherever possible, and to creating and delivering dishes with a strong Pacific Northwest feel. Currently in the process of launching an all-new restaurant venture, Cover shares some of his favorite recipes. 

 

“One of my favorite lighter dishes is roasted celery root with walnuts and fermented tomato,” explains Cover. “I also love chilled oysters on the half shell,” adds the celebrated chef, from Spokane, Washington, “half a dozen or a full dozen at a time.”

 

Less local dishes also favored by Cover include escargot bordelaise and wagyu beef tartare. “Essentially, however, I’m extremely heavily committed to more local and regional cuisine, particularly from the Pacific Northwest, but I also love French food and often take inspiration for my dishes from the restaurants of Paris,” the chef explains. 

 

“Locally sourced salmon served with roasted squash, for example,” he adds, “paired with braised greens and Oregon olive oil is both delicious and incredibly comforting.” 

 

Local, artisan-baked breads, meanwhile, and wines from local vineyards are, according to Sam Cover, the perfect accompaniment. 

 

Similarly comforting, says Cover, are his three favorite desserts. “Poached pears, chocolate souffle, and a homemade quince turnover served with local ice cream are all favorites of mine,” adds the chef. 

 

Cover has previously spoken at length about the latest luxury food trends, hyper-local food and its benefits, Seattle’s best-rated restaurants, and traditional Pacific Northwest cuisine. 

 

He also recently revealed his proposal for a brand new restaurant, coming next year. “It’ll be the perfect mix,” adds Cover, wrapping up, “of hearty, local and regional cuisine combined with fine dining in a cozy and comfortable environment.”

 

Award-winning chef Sam Cover’s all-new restaurant is set to open in Spokane, Washington, in early 2020.

 

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, distinguished chef Sam Cover has made a name for himself working in kitchens across Spokane County and elsewhere in America, from Los Angeles to New York City, managing teams in some of the nation’s most highly regarded restaurants and hotels. With more than two decades of experience under his belt, the chef is known, in particular, for his fresh fish and seafood dishes.

Sam Cover Reveals Proposal For All-New Restaurant

Celebrated chef and Pacific Northwest native Sam Cover is set to bring a new style of luxury dining to Spokane Valley with his latest restaurant venture.

 Having worked across the United States during more than 20 years as an award-winning chef in some of the country’s top hotels and restaurants, home is, as they say, where the heart is, and, for Sam Cover, that’s Washington’s Spokane Valley. Returning to his roots to launch his latest venture, the Pacific Northwest native is set to deliver an entirely new flavor of luxury dining to his home city of Spokane, in easternmost Washington state, opening in 2020.

“I’m hoping to bring a new flavor of luxury dining to Spokane,” Sam Cover explains, “while also maintaining a true taste of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a familiar taste of home and family, but in an upscale and luxurious-feeling setting.”

Inspired by popular restaurants found in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Cover wants to combine different aspects of Pacific Northwest cooking and dining, and deliver them perfectly to diners in his home city. “As a region, we’re famed, in the Pacific Northwest, for our fresh fish and seafood,” explains the chef, “as well as the growing farm-to-table movement, both of which will be central to operations at the new restaurant, as will dedicated vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus.”

“As a chef,” he continues, “I love to source everything as locally as I possibly can, and, with a luxurious twist on both local and regional dishes, as well as some from a little further afield, I hope to merge both traditional and more contemporary fine dining.”

This, Sam Cover believes, is what will give his latest venture a genuine, personal, and truly heartfelt edge within Spokane’s increasingly competitive restaurant market. “It’s about what I like to call ‘upscale comfort,'” he goes on to explain. “The restaurant will represent the ideal place to enjoy a mix of indulgent but thoroughly local ingredients and beautiful, elegant plating that embody the upscale comfort ethos I love so much,” adds the Spokane Valley native and award-winning chef.

Proposing a professionally executed taste of home, Cover promises that each and every dish will be cooked to perfection. “It’ll be the perfect mix,” he adds, wrapping up, “of hearty, local and regional cuisine and fine dining, delivered in line with the farm-to-table spirit which we should all be embracing in order to support not just our local businesses, farmers, growers, and other suppliers, but the environment, too.”

Award-winning chef Sam Cover‘s new restaurant is set to open in Spokane, Washington, in early 2020.

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Sam Cover Shares a True Taste of the Pacific Northwest

Celebrated chef and Pacific Northwest native Sam Cover showcases some of the region’s most famous food and drink.

 

From fresh oysters and smoked salmon to garlic fries, specialty cheeses, and donuts, Pacific Northwest native and celebrated chef Sam Cover, from Spokane, Washington, showcases some of the region’s most quintessential flavors from right across the food and drink spectrum. 

 

“The Pacific Northwest is perhaps best known for its fresh seafood,” suggests Cover. While the region may not have one particular famous dish or style of cuisine, the chef is entirely correct: North America’s Pacific Northwest is, indeed, famed for its seafood. “From fresh, grilled, smoked, or salt-cured salmon to lobster and oysters, seafood is a staple of Pacific Northwest cooking and dining,” he adds, “from family kitchens to luxury hotels and restaurant tables stretching from Seattle to San Francisco.”

 

The region is similarly famous for its array of wild berries, nuts, and mushrooms – many of which can be foraged for by those who know what they’re doing, according to Cover. “Hazelnuts, or filberts, as we call them, are a Pacific Northwest staple,” he reveals, “so much so that they are, in fact, the official state nut of Oregon!”

 

Wild blackberries are particularly abundant, too, according to the chef. “Often foraged for alongside wild mushrooms, few places on earth offer a better opportunity to get outdoors and collect delicious, fresh, and—importantly—incredibly versatile local ingredients,” adds Cover.

 

Another local dish enjoyed by much of the Pacific Northwest is garlic fries, Cover reveals. “Seattle’s Safeco Field baseball park, in particular, is famed for its delicious and incredibly powerful garlic fries, normally served with a couple of apple slices just to take the tangy edge off,” he adds.  

 

Elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest, Portland, specifically, Sam Cover says, is known for its donuts. “Portland, Oregon, is a hub for a wide variety of regional food trends,” he explains, “and donuts are no exception.” 

 

Oregon, too, is renowned for its specialty cheeses—cheddar in particular—while Portland is also central to the Pacific Northwest’s thriving craft beer scene, according to the celebrated chef. 

 

“Craft beers are big business in Portland and across much of the region,” adds Sam, wrapping up, “and, with such a broad array on offer, there’s usually a good opportunity to discover a beer which perfectly complements whatever you’re cooking or eating, from tangy garlic fries to delicious fresh seafood.” 

 

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, distinguished chef Sam Cover has made a name for himself working in kitchens across Spokane County and elsewhere in America, from Los Angeles to New York City, managing teams in some of the nation’s most highly regarded restaurants and hotels. The chef is known, in particular, for his fresh fish and seafood dishes. To date, Sam has enjoyed more than two decades of fast-paced life as a chef, winning multiple awards for his food in the process, and shows no sign of slowing down as he prepares to open a brand new restaurant in early 2020.

Sam Cover Showcases Seattle’s Best-Rated Restaurants

Celebrated chef and Pacific Northwest native Sam Cover takes a closer look at three of Seattle’s top-rated eateries.

With 2019 now more and more rapidly drawing to a close, and with barely ten weeks until the end of the year, celebrated chef and restaurateur Sam Cover, from Washington State, reveals Seattle’s most popular and best-rated eateries of the last twelve months.

“According to TripAdvisor, Seattle’s most highly rated restaurants include a trendy Italian, a unique Korean gastropub, and a cozy, family-friendly pizzeria,” Cover reveals.

The Pink Door, TripAdvisor’s current Travelers’ Choice among restaurants in Seattle, boasts a score of 4.5/5 based on more than 2,600 reviews making it the third best-rated restaurant in the city as of October 2019. “Marketed as Italian, contemporary, and vegetarian-friendly, The Pink Door is immensely popular with locals and tourists alike,” explains Sam Cover, “which is often a great indication of a fantastic restaurant, especially in a large city such as Seattle.”

“We aspire to create a stellar culinary and visual experience,” suggest the restaurant’s owners. Smart casual dress, they stress, is required. “Grazie!” adds the award-winning Italian eatery.

In second place, Cover reveals, is Chan, a uniquely positioned Korean gastropub. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner five years in a row, the establishment is widely praised for both its food and ambiance. “Vegetarian-friendly and with a wide range of gluten-free options, Chan is wildly deserving of its place toward the very top of Seattle’s best restaurants,” adds the chef and Pacific Northwest gourmet.

Taking the top spot, however, is Pizzeria Credo, located on California Avenue in West Seattle. “Rated number one out of more than 3,200 restaurants in the city, Italian eatery Pizzeria Credo, which, again, is vegetarian-friendly, is, of course, famed for its incredible pizzas,” reveals Cover.

Another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the Italian restaurant promises wood-fired, Napoletano-style, thin-crust pizza, made from imported Italian flour and tomatoes, with homemade mozzarella. “Credo’s gourmet pasta, meanwhile, is made from classic Italian recipes,” adds Sam. What’s more, Credo’s chef Jacques’ famous signature salads are, he says, both beautiful and delicious in equal measure, thanks to a mix of local organic greens and fresh fruits, cheeses, nuts, and flowers. “Families, too, are always welcome at this most popular and cozy West Seattle eatery,” adds the renowned chef, originally from Spokane.

In addition to award-winning restaurants, Seattle, a city on Puget Sound in America’s Pacific Northwest, also boasts thousands of acres of stunning parkland and evergreen forests, flanked by towering mountains. Washington State’s largest city with a population of more than 700,000, it’s also home to a thriving tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon alike headquartered in the Seattle metro area. “A 1962 World’s Fair legacy, it’s also home to the world-famous Space Needle, its most futuristic and iconic landmark,” adds Cover, wrapping up.

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, renowned chef Sam Cover has made a name for himself working in kitchens across Spokane County and elsewhere in America, from Los Angeles to New York City, managing teams in some of the nation’s most highly regarded restaurants and hotels. The chef is known, in particular, for his fresh fish and seafood dishes. To date, Sam has enjoyed more than two decades of fast-paced life as a chef, winning multiple awards for his food in the process, and shows no sign of slowing down as he prepares to open a brand new restaurant in spring 2020.

Sam Cover Explains Hyper-Local Food and Its Benefits

An award-winning chef and a keen proponent of hyper-local cooking and ingredients, Sam Cover offers a closer, professional insight into the concept.

A leading chef from the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States, Spokane Valley native Sam Cover is a keen advocate for both the existing farm-to-table movement and the newer and now-rapidly-growing trend specifically for hyper-local ingredients. A celebrated professional with more than 20 years of experience working in some of America’s best restaurants and hotels, Cover provides an expert insight into the burgeoning trend for hyper-local food and drink.

“As an already outspoken proponent of the farm-to-table movement, often I’m asked, ‘What’s the difference between farm-to-table, organic, local, and hyper-local?'” reveals Cover.

Surprisingly, ingredients labeled ‘local’ may come from as far as 400 miles away, according to the chef. Organic ingredients, meanwhile, he also reveals, may originate anywhere, but must adhere to a strict set of rules in order to achieve and maintain organic status. “These include, for example,” says Cover, “only utilizing agricultural practices which are free of chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides.”

It’s the farm-to-table ethos, though, and, in particular, a move toward sourcing chiefly hyper-local ingredients that interest the chef the most. “While farm-to-table simply promotes sourcing meat, vegetables, and other produce from as locally as possible, the hyper-local movement takes things one step further,” Cover explains.

The award-winning chef says that while farm-to-table ingredients may come from a farm in a neighboring town or even state, the hyper-local trend promotes sourcing items from as close to your home, restaurant, or grocery business, for example, as physically possible. This can include anything from herbs grown in a kitchen garden and eggs or poultry produced within the local community to beers created by neighborhood breweries, according to the expert. “Hyper-local is typically considered to be anything under three miles,” says Cover, “which, in our major towns and cities, is quite an achievement.”

In more rural areas, however, hyper-local often hinges on food grown or raised in the immediate vicinity, such as on or in a business or individual’s own plot or garden, or a neighboring property. “One major benefit of hyper-local is that ingredients can be enjoyed the very same day, sometimes within just minutes,” points out Spokane-based chef Sam Cover, “when they’re as fresh as absolutely possible.”

Hyper-local ingredients also have extremely low or zero food miles associated with their production and transportation, in stark contrast, he says, with even certified ‘local’ ingredients which can travel hundreds of miles before they’re consumed.

“Hyper-local food, therefore,” adds Cover, wrapping up, “is not only an excellent means of enjoying the very freshest ingredients on offer, but it’s also a fantastic way to reduce environmental impact and your own environmental footprint at the same time.”