This week's Chefs on the Loose segment features Chef Len of American Char and Mitch Visser of Crisp Country Acres.


WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) - Chef Len of American Char is on the loose gathering up fresh veggies from Crisp Country Acres.

Alana talks with Mitch Visser and Chef Len about the importance of using produce that's close to home and the difference it makes in taste.

You can visit American Char at 9104 Us Hwy 31 in West Olive and Crisp Country Acres at 5888 120th Ave in Holland.

Panzanella Salad

· 3/4 pound day-old crusty peasant-style bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)

· 2 large tomatoes or Cherry (about 1 pound), trimmed and each cut into 8 wedges

· 3/4 cup sliced hot house cucumber

· 1/2 cup green onion

· 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

· 3 oz blue cheese

· 4 oz chopped bacon

· 6 tablespoons smoked tomato vinaigrette

· 1 c chopped romaine


In a serving bowl stir together the bread, the tomatoes, the cucumber, the onion, the oil, the vinegar, the basil, and salt and pepper to taste until the salad is combined well.

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