The Heart of Food

Zest. It's something distinctive, invigorating, and can brighten a dull day or a bland dish. Zest is flavor and character, spark and spirit. It's what Edmond "Eddie" Le Draoulec, who passed away earlier this week after a long illness, had in spades and lavished on his daughter, who spreads it around in kind. Pascale is in California with her mother and sister, and expects to be back in Hastings in a few days.

A personal essay she wrote about her father — proud, impeccable waiter, charming raconteur, sterling family man — was published in Saveur magazine a few years ago. In her reading of the piece, recorded for NPR's "The Splendid Table," discover the essence of human affection and the heart of Pascale's food — and farmers' market — story.

ALSO THIS WEEK: Batter up! You can register in-person for Little League from 9 to 1 p.m. at the Community Center during market hours. This will be the last day to qualify for the early-bird discount.

AND: Please try to attend our community forum about the farmer's market this evening at the Library at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents and shoppers to let us know how we are doing. Please come share your thoughts!