Chef-Farmer Mixers Help Grow Farm Businesses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2014
Springfield, IL – For restaurants it can be easier to purchase produce
grown half way around the world than to buy something from a local farmer in town. Illinois Stewardship Alliance wants to change
that. Since most distribution companies
don't deliver locally grown produce, one-on-one relationships are a key factor
in enabling local farmers to sell their produce, meat, cheese, eggs and other
products to area restaurants. Illinois
Stewardship Alliance (ISA) will host four chef-farmer mixers in central
Illinois in March. The chef-farmer mixers
are a series of events designed to bring local chefs and local farmers together
for the purpose of creating new partnerships that will promote the use of
locally grown food.
"Using locally grown and produced foods puts dollars in the pockets of
local farmers and often provides chefs with the freshest product and unique
varieties making it a win-win for both parties" said Lindsay Record, Program
Director at Illinois Stewardship Alliance.
The dates and times of the events are as follows:
March 10, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
–Peoria, Illinois Central College
March 17, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. –Bloomington-Normal,
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
March 24, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
–Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College
March 31, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
–Champaign-Urbana, Cafeteria & Company
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a question and
answer period hosted by a panel of local chefs, make new business contacts, learn
some tricks of the trade and enjoy ample networking time. Chefs looking to
source fresh, locally grown and produced food and farmers looking to expand
their markets may attend for free.
Interested parties can register online at ilstewards.org or call (217)
ISA is a non-for-profit organization supporting local food and farming
though education, advocacy, and promotion. Our mission is to protect Illinois'
farmland, advocate for local food and farmers, link farmers and their food with
markets and consumers and their needs, build strong local economies, and grow
healthier families and businesses.