Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chef Sonya Coté Launches Locavore Movement: Homegrown Revival (1st dinner Nov 16th)

After years of embracing the local food movement, Chef Sonya Coté (East Side Showroom), is commencing a dinner series around the state that will incorporate local foraging and farming. The events, cleverly dubbed The Homegrown Revival, will be held monthly with less than 50 attendants. Every month, Coté will create a new meal from locally sourced meats in addition to vegetables found in the gardens of Springdale Farm, prepared in the style of Italian family dinners. This is the ultimate in local, seasonal eating, and only 24 seats are available each month. Tickets are $65 and the events are BYOB.  Each dinner will have a farmer who grew or raised the food, and some dinners will welcome historians and provide a food preparation lesson. The first dinner is slated for November 16.

“I’m proud to announce the first round of The Homegrown Revival dinners in Austin. Our hope is to raise awareness and educate diners on the accessibility of local foods. “I would hope that people would take away a sense of empowerment where they would be able to prepare things for themselves based on simple technique and to not be afraid to try it,” shared Coté.“These dinners are meant to be informative and fun and, of course, tasty,” said Homegrown Revival founder Coté. “We want to create an intimate atmosphere that will spur conversation and action. Ultimately, we hope to take this show on the road and educate Texans in small towns about their local bounty.”

The first dinner on Nov 16 will be hosted at Springdale Farms and will feature porchetta of rosemary-stuffed suckling pig, spit-roasted over pecan wood. Jason Stevens (East Side Showroom and The Tigress Pub) will create a unique aperitivo and digestivo cocktails to bookend the Italian Feast.

The December 14 dinner will be a traditional Italian Feast of Seven Fishes that will highlight Texas Gulf sourced seafood and by-catch.  Other upcoming dinners include: a January dove dinner, February frog dinner and a March hare dinner. For dates, tickets and info visit their web site.

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