Bedford Chef Talks Cocktails, Cookies And Greenwich Wine And Food Festival

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- New Canaan, Conn. resident Nancy Roper, the Chef/Owner at TRUCK in Bedford and an Ambassador Chef at the upcoming Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival sat down with Daily Voice for some burning food (and drink!) questions.

Nancy Roper, the Owner of TRUCK in Bedford is an Ambassador Chef at the 2015 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival.
Nancy Roper, the Owner of TRUCK in Bedford is an Ambassador Chef at the 2015 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival. Photo Credit: Submitted

On what folks can expect at this year's festival: Cocktails! "We're actually taking a break from cooking at this event and instead we will have three bartenders from Truck continuously squeezing fresh Persian limes and hand-shaking our signature margarita, 'The Powerwagon.'"

On what inspires her: Great ingredients. "Right now the weather's changing, two weeks ago, we couldn't imagine cooking winter squash, but when we had a blast of crisp autumn air, we turned to roasting crescent shapes of delicata, and baking spaghetti, and red kuri squashes."

On what she's cooking now: "I have a lot of potatoes from my garden so I'm doing mashed, or boiled (squooshed with a fork) with a lump of good cultured butter, Maldon salt, freshly ground black pepper and topped with chopped parsley, fall chives--I've got a tiny bit of basil left."

She's also a fan of beans and salads. "This year was a great year for green, wax, purple and Roman beans, I usually just blanche them. We cook a lot of great dried beans at the restaurant. 

I also like to make variations of the chopped salad we do at TRUCK using a different bean, different salad greens, different cheeses (crumbling triple cremes, or roquefort-types, or goat cheese), ripe sun gold tomatoes, halved, bit of some type of onion-chopped scallion, or torpedo reds. 

If we have leftover cold chicken or fish, or even a cold rare hamburger I'll toss that in. A ripe avocado, tossed with good olive oil and lemon juice makes a great dressing. Any fresh green herb from the garden gets tossed in as well."

On what she loves to cook: "I have a weakness for cookies; my quickest recipe is a brown sugar shortbread which gets better as it ages and is heaven with a cup of Earl Grey tea."

The Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival runs Sept. 23-26; go to for more information.

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