The 2016 Artisan Cup & Fork is coming up! It is “A food competition [located in Champaign, IL] championing local farmers and artisan creations.” The competition is supported by The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit foundation that encourages community-based food systems, sustainable growing practices and improving accessibility to local and organic foods.
Eating local and organic has huge benefits for the consumer, the grower, the community and the overall quality on culinary dishes. College Chefs supports and recognizes great impact the lifestyle of local growing and eating can have on nearly all aspects of an individual’s life.
Eight farm to table chefs team up with two family owned farms per each chef to create a signature dish. Their creations are paired with an artisan brewer or cider maker, creating eight uniquely exceptional culinary experience. The event serves as a fundraiser for Champaign-Urbana based on the beliefs that “strong local food systems benefit health, the environment, and the economy.” Among the total of eight chefs competing is our very own Chef Scott Bachman (Assistant to the Director of Operations, pictured lower right), who has teamed up with Brackett Farm, Triple S Farms, and Rolling Meadows Brewery. Joining Scott in the competition will be Director of operations Chef Jared Bost (pictured on the left).
College Chefs (and sister-company Chef Placement Services) are sponsoring the first time event. “We both are involved directly in meeting with local organic farmers and in networking with the farmers and businesses that are making this happen.Establishing core relationships, that are mutually beneficial, is a positive ancillary effect.”
The event takes place on October 23, 2016, 6-9pm at City Center, 505 S. Chestnut St., Champaign, IL.
“Access to the event includes: one tasting of each competitive dish & beverage pairing, three full servings beer/cider, a sampling of the cheese bar and sweet treats, as well as a viewing of the butcher’s demo […] VIP tickets also include access to the event an hour before doors officially open [to..] network with farmers, sponsors, and chefs while enjoying specialty cocktails from Fox River Distillery and an early taste of the competitors’ dishes,” as listed on the official website.
“We both feel proud and excited to be involved and hope to make this an annual event. The most important thing (aside from winning the competition) is to have a presence in the community and supporting sustainable agriculture,” says Josh May of Chef Placement Services.
To purchase tickets, go to: https://thelandconnection.org/tlc-store/artisancupfork
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Written by College Chefs' Danielle Gadus