David Bernabo is hard to pin down. He has had published work and performances in multiple disciplines including dance, film, music and visual art. His latest project is a three-part documentary called Food Systems. The series is an in depth look at our local food ecosystem—from our restaurant history, to a look at farm dinners in our region to a dissection of what our local food cycle looks like.

The first part of that series, a feature-length film on the history of our restaurants will premiere at Row House Cinema on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 pm.

His best meal last week? The best cheap date in town.

Last week, my wife and I celebrated our six-year wedding anniversary. Well, one of them. We got married four times over the course of five weeks, six years ago. (Me: wow).

 So we had a collective celebration for all of them and we went to Legume for Cheap Date Night, which is every first Wednesday of the month. 

 You can’t beat it. $50 for a three-course dinner for two.

 We ordered all different things for all the courses so we could taste everything.

 For starters, we had a watermelon gazpacho and a simple salad. The gazpacho was really terrific. I’ve been making watermelon soups all through summer and I was happy to find out that my soup is not too far off Legume’s!

 The salad we had was served with a nice vinaigrette and we also had a side of some house-pickled vegetables.

 For the mains, we had a polenta ratatouille and a halibut dish. The ratatouille was really good—it was served with ricotta, which broke it up nicely and topped with a soft boiled egg.

 The halibut was served over a terrific grain and had a little crisp crust.

 For dessert, we had cardamom pots de crème and a plum tart—which was neat to taste because we have been getting a lot of prune plums through our CSA. I think I’m going to make one.

 All that for $50. It was a great time.