RE: local foods, local restaurants
Title: Re: [cg] local foods, local restaurants
Gateway Greening hosts Chefs in a Garden as an annual major event.
10-12 top area chefs prepare large tasting portions with ingredients grown in
community gardens. It is a sellout each year, earning around $35k.
the chefs provide the remaining ingredients, which are usually exotic like fresh
goat cheese or fish, meat, poultry. The chefs are all there, explaining
the dishes as they prepare them. The wine and beer is donated by family
owned businesses, as are breads and desserts...the flower
arrangements are donated by a flower grower from central Missouri, publicity
gets better every year. It's $100 per person with sponsorships of $300,
$600 and $1200 for individuals and corp sponsorships starting at $2500 and
up. This takes many volunteers to pull off, up front money for
rentals dinnerware, linens and glassware, and a great deal of
persistance with the Chefs. They are artists, as a rule, are not
particularly organized and are difficult to reach or pin down on exactly what
they will need.
if you deal with only one chef, be prepared to make things as easy
on him/her as you can. Many are very interested in locally grown
foods, sustainable ag issues, slo food. Treat them right and they
will reward you tenfold! and the event makes a great deal of sense, good
I don’t know if this is any
help to your org but lately our garden has been thinking about fundraising,
and bringing in a chef for a candellight dinner/fundraiser IN the garden – it
is summer here... So maybe for you that would be a six month
Having links with restaurants is great – what about
contacting the local top food/cooking educational institution, they may be
quite friendly and have the daytime hours to get involved?
Tamsin, Dig In Community Garden
5/1/03 6:36 AM, "Ali Mramor" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I work for a non-profit community garden
program in Cincinnati, OH and I am interested in starting a relationship
with some local restaurants in Cincinnati. We have 4 children's
gardens throughout the city in which we provide educational programming in
the summertime all based around vegetable gardening. Unfortunately, we
seem to always have more food than we can harvest and give away. We
have been donated a lot to the FreeStore/FoodBank in town in the past, but I
would like some tips on how to get a relationship started with a local
restaurant. I think it would be great to advertise "Food Grown by
Cincinnati Youth" as well as the kids learning a bit about business and, of
course all the benefits of local food production and consumption. All
the produce is grown organically so I'm sure there would be some
If anyone with experience in this could give me some pointers
on how to get started and what all is involved (food/health codes, the
economic aspects, etc.). I think Cincinnati could greatly benefit from
this venture if it can be successful.
Please use my work email provided
below when replying.
Thanks a lot and happy gardening!
Outreach Education Specialist
Civic Garden Center
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