Sunday, May 23, 2010

Farm to Fork

Today was one of the most exciting Sunday’s I’ve had. I volunteered at the 2010 Farm to Fork Picnic & Fundraiser that celebrates local food & farms be bringing the two together for one fantastic afternoon. 30 local farmers and chefs were paired together to create phenomenal local, gourmet dishes. My head was spinning with excitement!!!

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The event ran from 4-7 PM, as volunteers my friend Kelly and I were asked to arrive at 2 PM to assist with set-up (we sliced strawberries for Irregardless Cafe, Raleigh) and then check-in/live auction once the event started. Our shifts ran from 2-5 PM; which was perfect because then we had 3 hours to enjoy ourselves in the midst of all of these fabulous foodies.

Headed to Hurdle Mills, NC.

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It was a beautiful day, from this photo you’d have no idea that we had a change of thunderstorms all weekend long. Thankfully it only sprinkled for a very short time and we were home in the knick of time for a huge one to hit.

Chefs beginning to arrive and set up

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Click to enlarge and view the pamphlet of farmers, restaurants, and dishes.

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Starting to go full force, 700 tickets were sold for the picnic.

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A hearty trio played throughout.

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After our shift, the first place we stopped was at FullSteam Brewery’s table for a drink.

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We tried the Sweet Potato Ale and…

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the Sour Rhubarb Ale with Mulberry Syrup, so good!

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Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite tables:

Italian Sausage with Wilted Rapini, Pickled Fennel and Chapel Hill Creamery’s Mozzarella (Neil’s Deli)

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Bluebird Meadows Vegetable Pasta with Pasolivo Olive Oil (Foster’s Market)

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Lyon’s Farm Strawberry Gazpacho with Cucumber & Basil (Herons at the Umstead)

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Rainbow Meadow Farm Ground Lamb and Chorizo, Roasted Fennel Seed and Revolution Brioche (Six Plates Wine Bar)

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Duck Run Farm Roasted Beet Crostini, Capers, Onions, Elodie Goat Cheese, and Grilled Lindley Mills Ciabatta (Il Palio)

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Dutch Buffalo Farm Roasted Beet Salad with Fresh Mint and Creamy Carrot Vinaigrette (Poole’s Diner)

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Rare Earth Farms Beef Sausages Cooked in Tomatoes and Honey with Mint, Feta, and Onion Pickles (Giorgio Restaurant)

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Cane Creek Beef Shortrib Sliders with Caramelized Onions on Scratch Biscuit with Leamon Garlic Aioli (Saxapahaw General Store)

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Four Leaf Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Local Cheese

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Walking Fish Cornmeal Breaded Fish on Lacy Cornbread with Pea Puree, Radish Pickles, and Green Tomato Relish (Watt’s Grocery)

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Peregrine Farm Spring Vegetables with Hickory-Smoked Trout and Beet Ricotta; Cornmeal Cake with Blueberries and Sorghum Buttermilk Cream (Magnolia Grill)

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Escazu Artisan Chocolate Cake with Big Boss Beer and Celebrity Dairy Goat Cheese; plus samples of Barefoot Farms Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream and L & G Farms Beauregard Sweet Potato Cake with Brown Sugar Bourbon Buttercream (Crumb)

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Fullsteam Brewery Porter Dark Chocolate Truffles topped with local honey and pecan granola (Dolly Mama)

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This was by far the most amazing food event I have ever attended. Kelly and I have already committed to one another we must do this again next year…let the countdown begin.


Marlow said...

Looks like you had a blast! LOVE the tee! I was able to go last year as a Foodbuzz Correspondent. LOVED IT!!! Can't believe I missed it this year because I had to move :(

Anonymous said...

You got a lot of great pictures!

sarah (SHU) said...

next time i am SOOOOOOO there!