These local food movers and shakers came out to the Buy Fresh Buy Local Networking Mixer and Chef’s Challenge at the recent Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference. Click any photo to open a slideshow and learn more about each business or organization that participated.
At the end of the first day of the 2013 Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference in December, we held a Buy Fresh Buy Local Networking Mixer and Chef’s Challenge in order to provide and opportunity for local producers to network with food service providers and retail and wholesale buyers. The Wednesday evening program included networking, refreshments, a performance by the local band Many Nights Ahead, and a celebration of locally grown foods prepared by area chefs. Our goal was to feature a variety of locally grown and produced items, including meats, produce, dairy, and value-added products (such as jams, sauces, honey, baked goods, flours) while creating a festive atmosphere for mixer attendees to mingle and make business connections.
We had a great turnout. Thanks to everyone who came out to the mixer, including Piedmont Environmental Council, The Farm Table, ChiknEGG Productions, the Natural Capital Investment Fund, Valley Conservation Council, Paradox Farm, Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF), Virginia Food Works and Homegrown Virginia, J & W Farm, Saunders Brothers, Friendly City Food Co-op, Mt. Crawford Creamery, Homestead Creamery, Virginia Farmers Direct Marketing Association, Allegheny Mountain School, Shenandoah Food, Farm-to-Freezer, Farm Credit of the Virginias, the USDA Farm-to-School Program, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), The Little Grill Collective, Cristina’s Cafe, and Clementine Cafe. If we missed anyone, please let us know in the comments!
Many thanks to Hannah Bendfeldt for compiling much of this information.