Recently we attended the 2nd Annual Rampfest up in Lanark County. It was a private gathering of Ottawa's finest food lovers - mainly members of a local cooking club and also some of their good chef friends here in town. What an afternoon. I tell you this only so you can salivate over the many uses of ramps and if this word is new to you, hopefully you will take a read on the Internet about this fine wild leek. Here is the menu we enjoyed.
*** APPETIZERS ***
Lobster and Ramp Salad Canapé (My personal favourite!!)
Baked Brie with Caramelized Ramps & Sun Dried Tomatoes
Bacon Wrapped Tart of Ramps, Potatoes and Cheddar
Smoked Salmon Rillette with Pickled Ramp Mayo on Baguette
Tart of Wild Leeks & Mushrooms in Garlic Cream
Ramps with Spicy Shrimp & Gnocchi
Hot Italian Sausage with Pickled Ramps & Dijon
*** MAIN ***
Smoked, Ramp Marinated BBQ Beef Tenderloin on a Bun [no picture]
BBQ Poached Salmon in White Wine & Ramps
German Potato Salad with Pickled Ramps
Cheeses with Ramp Jelly & Fruit [no picture].