As some restaurants are becoming more conscious about using locally sourced ingredients, and “farm to table” options are becoming more desired in the US, it’s important that we continue to educate consumers about the different ‘localvore’ choices that are available to them.
On Saturday, April 26th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Yelp Buffalo will be hosting an event at The Lodge on Chippewa in order to highlight some of the best local farms and locally sourced ingredients. On that day, there will be many farm fresh dishes available to sample, prepared by The Lodge’s chef Todd Lesakowski (a chef who is also planning a rooftop garden atop the restaurant).
By preparing seasonal delights, using ingredients provided by the showcased farms, the idea is to introduce visitors to the freshest local offerings. The farms participating are T-Meadow farms, Plato Dale Farms, Dan Tower Farms, Native Offerings Farms, and Boston Valley Gourmet Mushrooms.
While this ‘farm to table’ event will be both fun and festive, it is also being held to educate folks on where our various ingredients come from – restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, etc. Local farms provide an ever-increasing amount of food to our communities, but if you’re not paying attention, how much of it is actually ending up on your table?
The Lodge and Yelp are joining together to give us a closer look at our food economy, by organizing an event that will create a sample menu for us to try. The menu will be showcasing local delicacies that include everything from regular staples to some adventurous eats. For those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, the offerings boast “Snout to Tail Variations,” “Sashimi Deviled Eggs,” and “Organic Rooster Empanadas”.
‘Yelp Rocks the Farm’ will also feature a lively bluegrass band (Mountain Run) that starts at 3:00pm. So, come on downtown to the ‘farm’ on Saturday for some funky farm fresh goodness!
*Admission is FREE for the 21+ crowd (when you register through Yelp – click here). However, a $10.00 donation that will go towards the local farms is suggested.