Locavores unite at Food for Thought

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Foodies, local chefs and advocates of the local food movement pack the multi-purpose room at Northeast Regional Library at Food for Thought on Oct. 20, 2011.

Eating with a conscience will be one of the messages at the second Food For Thought event to benefit the New Hanover County Library and Cape Fear Community College’s culinary arts program. 

To be held on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cape Fear Community College’s new Union Station building, the event will unite proponents of the local-farm-to-table movement from across the food industry.

Event founder Wilmington resident and former Gourmet magazine senior travel editor Pat Bell said the event combines the food of various Cape Fear area restaurants with a message. 

“The event is not just come and have some great food … this one we are focused more on the learning aspect of it as well,” Bell said. “We are involving a lot of the farm-to-market organizations like Feast Down East.”

Along with the nonprofit economic development program, the restaurants that will attend include Longhorn Steakhouse, Aubriana’s, Caprice Bistro, South Beach Grill, 22 North Restaurant, Catch, Chef Charles Rousey with the Hilton Wilmington Riverside and Wilmington’s only certified Master Chef Olivier Andreini with the Country Club of Landfall. Bell said the event would also give some patrons the first taste of new Wilmington restaurants like Perkeo and Pembroke’s. Each of these restaurants and more will be serving up small plate dishes that showcase their unique tastes. 

Held two years ago at the New Hanover County Library, Bell said the community’s response to that inaugural year influenced the decision to plan another event. 

“The reason we are doing it again is because it was very well-received and popular, and the chefs all liked it,” she said. “Everyone that came really enjoyed it so we thought it would be a worthwhile event to do again. I have always felt that promoting real food and good eating was something that is important.”

Bell also said the library’s partnership with CFCC’s culinary arts program has become a good partnership. 

“We just decided that the two organizations were a very good match,” she said. “We are both educationally oriented in different kinds of ways and we could work on promoting people learning a lot more about food.”

Tickets are available for purchase at all New Hanover County Library locations for $50 and sponsorships are available as well. For more information, visit www.libraryfoundationnhcpl.org

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