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The Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia is hosting its own gourmet farm dinner 6:30 p.m. June 10 at Swift Level in Lewisburg. This "Friends of Food" dinner will celebrate West Virginia's culinary heritage and local farm products with a five-course dinner served in a pastoral setting.
Some of the region's finest chefs will join forces to showcase "New Appalachian Cuisine" featuring local farm products, and featured wines will be paired with each course courtesy of the Wine Shop at Capitol Market.
On the menu that night . . .
- An antipasto buffet by Hawkins, with gourmet cheeses from Green Glades Creamery
- A soup by Chef Oscar Aguilar from DiOGi's in Fayetteville
- An appetizer by Reed VanDenberghe from Stella's in Lewisburg, and formerly the popular Moxie Cafe in Union
- An entree of filet of beef or veal by Chef Stephen Gustard of The Greenbrier Sporting Club
- A cascade of shortbread tarts, again by Hawkins
Tickets are $100 per person, and advance purchase is required. They can be purchased online at www.castironcookoff.org or by mailing a check made out to "Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia" to 1508 Bigley Ave., Charleston, WV 25302.
Money raised will go toward funding worthy culinary and farm-to-table initiatives like the Country Roads and Cast Iron cook-offs, the Future Farmers of America's Heritage Content and the www.wvfarm2u.org website, among others.
Lewisburg is one of the state's brightest culinary hotspots and Swift Level is absolutely breathtaking. I can't think of a better setting for an event showcasing West Virginia chefs, farmers and the fruits of their labor.
Contact writer Steven Keith at dailymailfood...@aol.com or 304-348-1721. You can also follow him on Facebook and Pinterest as "DailyMail FoodGuy," on Twitter as "DMFoodGuy" or read his blog at http://blogs.dailymail.com/foodguy/.
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