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Chefs set up during last year’s Grow Local-Eat Local Celebration. Courtesy photo.




Grow Local-Eat Local Celebration; Little Plates … Big Results

When: Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The New Hampshire Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester
Cost: Tickets cost $55
Visit: nhfoodbank.org




Culinary fare at Food Bank
Grow Local-Eat Local Celebration benefits outreach

09/25/14



 Chefs from across the state will be bringing local and seasonally inspired plates to the New Hampshire Food Bank’s sixth annual Grow Local-Eat Local Celebration.

“The big draw is to celebrate the harvest, benefit the program and celebrate our great food system, chefs and restaurants,” NH Food Bank Program Manager Helen Costello said during a phone interview. “We’ve had so much great food. They’re all high-end restaurants and all the chefs are creative with what they do.”
Participating restaurants include Cotton, Granite Restaurant, Local Eatery, Martingale Wharf, The Common Man Inn & Spa, O Steaks & Seafood, Mountain View Grand and Bedford Village Inn. There are also local bakeries — Black Forest Cafe and The Crust & Crumb Baking Company — plus local wineries, breweries and a meadery — Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery, Hermit Woods Winery, LaBelle Winery and Moonlight Meadery.
The tasting event was created to support and bring awareness to the Food Bank’s outreach programs, including its production garden, Cooking Matters nutrition program, food stamp outreach and culinary job training program.
“A lot of these restaurants have come in as guest chefs for our culinary program or hired our culinary students. And some of the chefs have been long-time volunteers in our Cooking Matters program,” Costello said.
Each restaurant features a different plate, and many find inspiration from what’s in season.
“It might be a pumpkin soup or a roasted vegetable appetizer, and then different years we’ve had different types of meat and fish,” Costello said. 
The New Hampshire Food Bank works with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture and the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection for the event. 
“A number of those restaurants are local-certified restaurants,” Costello said. “So one of the things we like to do is invite local farmers from the farms that restaurants source from to make that connection. … It ties in nicely with the local food theme and with local restaurants.” 
 
As seen in the September 25, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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