April is EAT LOCAL Month!
Lowcountry Local First is encouraging the Lowcountry to EAT LOCAL! in their Eat Local Month initiative for the month of April. Eat This! Charleston is joining the celebration of local food and businesses in launching a new editorial series dedicated to the salt of the earth, our Local talent. Look for Local Bites! and visit us online at eatthischarleston.com for features on local businesses that rock our world. Make the choice and Eat Local!
Lowcountry Local First is moving towards buying and eating local, committed to educating and encouraging the public to invest in their local economy with their dollars, their voices, their votes and their hearts. As lovers of the Lowcountry, we understand that we have a choice in what we buy and from whom we buy it. We have a choice in what we eat – and from where and by whom it’s grown. Collectively, our choices have great power. To build or break a life. A business. An economy. A city. A culture. We the people of Lowcountry Local First offer a simple solution: choose the Lowcountry.
April 2012 is the inaugural Eat Local Month, a celebration of the bounty of local food available in the Lowcountry. Organized by local non-profit Lowcountry Local First (LLF), Eat Local Month will provide fun and educational opportunities for those in the Charleston community and beyond, to actively engage in eating what is ripe and in season. There are multiple events planned throughout the month of April to celebrate eating local and support family farms.
Lowcountry Local First encourages the community to join in the month-long ‘Eat Local Challenge.’ Participation in the Challenge is easy. Join in one of the many events planned throughout the month of April, join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, or head over to one of your favorite participating local restaurants offering a "Local Plate Special." The list of participating restaurants will be posted on www.lowcountrylocal.org.
The list of events during Eat Local Month is as follows:
Saturday, April 7th – The ‘All You SHOULD Eat Breakfast.’ Breakfast is the most important m
eal of the day, so why start off on the wrong foot? Start the day by consciously eating locally and seasonally. The ‘All You SHOULD Eat Breakfast’ will take place at the Butcher and the Bee, from 8am-11am. Tickets: $15 for LLF Members, $20 non-members and $7 for kids under 10 years old.
Saturday, April 14th - Lowcountry Farm Tours on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. This one-day farm tour event allows visitors to tour local farms via car. Meet the farmers, tour the farm, learn about the farming process and indulge in food truck fare along the route. Tours will take place from 10am-5pm. Tickets: $30 for LLF Members per car and $35 for non-members.
Sunday, April 22nd - The 5th Annual Chef's Potluck. The Chef’s Potluck is one of LLF’s most popular events of the year, with over 300 people in attendance in 2011. Several of Charleston’s high-profile chefs partner with growers and producers to prepare all-local ingredient dishes to taste out at Middleton Plantation from 4-7pm. Come enjoy live music by the Garage Cuban Band, local beer from Coast Brewery, wine provided by Grassroots Distributors and cocktails from Firefly. There will also be CSA cooking demos. Restaurant participants include: FIG, EVO, The Glass Onion, SNOB, The Fat Hen, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar, Husk, Two Boroughs Larder, Poogan’s Porch, Cru Café, the Daniel Island Club, Duvall Catering and The Grocery. Tickets: $65 for LLF Members and $70 for non-members.
Funds raised during Eat Local Month will go toward EAT LOCAL, LLF’s sustainable agricultural initiative which is designed to grow and support local food systems by connecting local farms, producers, and apprentices to the local restaurants, institutions, and people with a hunger for farm fresh food and goods. Through a variety of education, outreach and apprentice programs, we’re working to get good people to good food and ensure that our agrarian culture continues to be an integral part of the Lowcountry economy and way of life. The Eat Local initiative’s current programs include the Growing New Farmers Incubator and Apprentice Program, Grower’s Groups, Farm to Table, and Community Education and outreach.
ABOUT LOWCOUNTRY LOCAL FIRST:
Lowcountry Local First (LLF), headquartered in North Charleston, SC, is the 44th member organization in a national network of non-profits dedicated to strengthening their local economies, called the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. LLF is committed to uniting local businesses with the mission to promote and preserve the Lowcountry economy through the promotion of local goods and services. LLF also manages the program, “Eat Local,” a sustainable agriculture initiative that focuses on strengthening local farms and producers by creating partnerships with local restaurants, institutions and the community as well as training new growers. To find out more, visit: http://www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org.