LOUISVILLE — The Food Literacy Project is hosting its ninth annual Field-to-Fork Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 23, at The Regency in Louisville. Its goal for the event is to increase the organization’s capacity to give young people and families positive experiences with fresh, healthful foods, raising $100,000 to support the development of an urban farm classroom and food education and access program in South Louisville at Iroquois Farm.
The Food Literacy Project’s programs are open to everyone, including Southern Indiana residents.
The event includes a silent auction and five-course dinner that pairs talented local chefs with local farms for an elegant meal inspired by the season’s harvest. The dinner includes specialty cocktails featuring Heaven Hill distillery, passed hors d’oeuvres, wine pairings courtesy of Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery, and beer provided by Against the Grain Brewery.
Featured chefs include Chefs Matt Durham (Seelbach Hilton), Jonathan Exum (Wiltshire Pantry), Michael Hargrove (Bourbon Academy), Rob Henry (American Culinary Federation), Peng Looi (August Moon), Patrick Roney (Ashbourne Farms), Jason Jones (Ashbourne Farms), and Bruce Ucan (Mayan Café).
Proceeds from the Field-to-Fork Dinner will support the Food Literacy Project’s expansion in South Louisville, where it is transforming the former Iroquois Homes public housing complex into Iroquois Farm, creating a rich hub for urban agriculture, fresh food education and access, youth leadership development and employment, community engagement and cultural exchange. Groundbreaking for a new pavilion and outdoor kitchen at their emergent outdoor classroom at Iroquois Farm is planned for later this fall.
“We are working alongside youth, their families and neighbors to create a vibrant community amenity at Iroquois Farm,” Angelique Perez, Food Literacy Project associate executive director, stated in a news release. “The Food Literacy Project’s urban farm and outdoor classroom, robust education and community engagement program, and local farmers market will enable youth and community members to cultivate sense of place and neighborhood pride and gain the knowledge, skills and access needed to thrive and drive community change.”
Advance tickets are required and seating is limited to 200 guests. Tickets are $125 each, not including tax. Visit foodliteracyproject.org for online purchase; to pay by cash or check, call 502-491-0072.
The Food Literacy Project’s mission is youth transforming their communities through food, farming, and the land. Established in 2006, the Food Literacy Project engages underserved youth at increased risk of diet-related illness in hands-on learning with healthful foods. The Food Literacy Project has enabled over 45,000 children to become participants in a sustainable food system — by planting, weeding, harvesting, exploring, tasting, cooking and distributing fresh vegetables. For more information, visit foodliteracyproject.org.
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