The Return of the Potluck!

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Our Second Annual Chef’s Potluck Dinner & Growing Season Planning Event is coming up on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6 pm in the Ballroom at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls.

Hosted by Two Rivers Food Hub, this is a chance for you, our existing and interested buyers and sellers to meet, hang out, and enjoy some tasty goodness.The event will take place in Smiths Falls at the Gallipeau Centre Ballroom (361 Queen Street East) — It’s just down the hall from the food hub… (yes there will be a tour…) We are inviting ALL of our producers and buyers out for an evening of drinks and eats and to have a series of directed, round-table growing season planning conversations. Our buyers and sellers of all types will be present, giving everyone a chance to meet and talk turkey… or duck… or puntarelle endive… or chilhuacle chilies. Essentially, it’s your chance to ask our buyers what they’d like to see you grow, to meet them and to compare notes on things like pre-processing, packaging, and what sort of value added products they’d be most interested in purchasing this year.

During a series of directed table conversations, we will be asking both what everyone is already planning to grow, when they are planning to grow it, as well as asking what our commercial buyers (including the food hub, through our Local Food Basket program) are looking for (and when). We will follow up within the week with an overview of the notes we gather, and within two weeks with our best recommendations for what else is needed. If there is any specific information you would like for us to gather, let us know and we will try to include it in our questions for the table conversations.

Food will be ‘pot-luck’, provided by a Chef’s Potluck Competition, If you’d like to be a part of that, contact David at [email protected] for more details–the theme this year is TACOS, the winner will receive not only the accolades of the masses, but also THE GOLDEN PAN! Our custom trophy won last year by Andreas Baumann of Green Lake Maple. Anyone can bring a dish (let us know what you plan to bring…) but you must use local agricultural products (your own are fine) to compete for the prize…

The evening will include:
*A ‘cocktail hour’ featuring local craft breweries as an opportunity to network with other producers, processors, buyers, as well as volunteers and members of the staff and board of the Two Rivers Food Hub
*A ‘state of the hub’ welcome address re-capping 2017
*A Chef’s Potluck dinner
*Directed Table Discussions about planning for this year’s growing season (compiled notes to follow the event)
*An overview of systems and processes for participating in the Online Marketplace and this year’s Local Food Basket program.
*A short question and answer session to wrap up the evening by 8:30pm.

We expect this to be a fun, memorable thank you for 2017 and kickoff for 2018. PLEASE RSVP if you are interested– we’d love to have as many of you out as possible and your RSVP will help us plan… [email protected]

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