2nd Annual Spring Fundraiser to be held
at Overmountain Winery
This Sunday, for the price of $25.00 ($10 for kids 3-13), Slow Food Foothills has pulled together an incredible match of fresh, local food carefully curated from our very own Carol Lynn Jackson and fellow locavore Suzanne Strickland of Stone Soup along with local musical line-up for enthusiasts of all types. Ticket available at brownpapertickets.com, La Bouteille in Tryon and at Overmountain Vineyards.
Beginning at 4:00 pm, all are invited to come taste wines, take vineyard tours and bid on over 60 items generously donated to our Silent Auction. With items ranging from $2.00 opening bid to $100.00, there’s something for everyone’s tastes and budgets!
At 4:30 pm, local high school musicians will get the crowd moving to their upbeat sounds. Shortly thereafter, fresh wood-fired pizzas from Foothills Fireplace & Stove’s own Greg McCarren will be passed around to tempt the appetite.
At 5:00pm, we will all get to hear a quick word from our Founding Farmer, Lee Mink of leap and our President, Carol Lynn Jackson. A Blessing of the Food will be offered and the appetizers such as black eye pea hummus & chips, a crudite basket almost too pretty to eat, and organic deviled eggs will be passed around as we move into our second music act of PCHS’s Morgan Pratt and Price Marshall on the guitar and saxophone. Next, PCHS graduates Cole Pellatt, Cade Underwood, and Madison Alexander, the 2012 Polk’s Got Talent 3rd place winning trio, will be singing and guitar-playing.
At 5:30pm promptly, we will begin our dinner buffet service. This year’s menu of herb-marinated leg of lamb, slow roasted pork butt, smoked chicken salad with basil, parmesan, spinach and sun dried tomato, macaroni and cheese, black bean, corn and tomato salad, beet, quinoa and kale salad, broccoli salad, potato salad and mixed greens with carolina strawberries, goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic dressing sourced locally will leave us all nourished and appreciative of the many, local growers in our area.
After we’ve had a chance to exhale from all that good food and music, place additional bids on Silent Auction Items and fill our glasses with wine, Bottle Tree beer, lemonade or tea, and grab some cookies and brownies, we can all get ready for yet another highlight to the evening.
At 6:30 pm, Gigi Dover & the Big Love will play their ever popular World Music incorporating the sounds and vibes of world instruments such as the sitar, ukelele, djimbe & glockenspiel. The sound is a fresh, palatable blend of gypsy, jazzy, funky southern-soul and world music. Gigi and her husband Eric move effortlessly from high energy to soft ballads and back again. A rich sonic experience creating what is being called a “Gypsy Soul meets Russian Carnival” sound.
With Andrew Marcadis on percussion and newest member Melissa Raymond on bass, the quartet tours extensively through the north and southeast US, also Europe and the UK but will be with us on Sunday for a second time. Haven’t heard them? Can’t wait? Log onto their website to check out some of my favorite tunes such as One Heart from latest album The Robin is High & The Mustache is Long or Was it Just Yesterday and A Better Place from The Avocado Sessions. All CD’s will be available for sale on site too.
Rounding out the evening will, weather permitting, be a lovely sunset over the Foothills as we announce Silent Auction winners & cheer Gigi into a string of encores. For those of us who just don’t want the evening to be over, a seat near the ever popular Overmountain fire-pit will be the place to wind down and give thanks for all the wonderful things Polk County has to offer.
(At time of print, weather forecast is 50% rain. This event will take place rain or shine but please dress appropriately as this is an outdoor event.)
—by Mindy Wiener, Event Chair, photos by Erik Olsen.
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment…food that is good for those who eat it, for the planet, and for the people that grow it
Here, in the foothills of the Carolinas, our local Slow Food Convivium is blessed with an abundance of tailgate markets, organic growers, food artisans. and emerging farm-to-table restaurants. We use tastings, field trips, and various kinds of food- centered celeb rations to explore authentic flavors…and to slow down and enjoy a world of good food and good company.
Slow food Foothills is a local subchapter of Slow Food Asheville, a “convivium,” of the international Slow Food movement. The local groups are called “convivia” because they bring together, in a convivial and enjoyable way, people who love food and traditions. Our convivium was founded in October, 2011.
Questions? Feel free to send us your inquiries and ideas on how we may better serve you, our foothills community.
Ideas? Do you have an idea you would like to present to the board, or an event you would like to host? Please feel free to em ail us, we would love to hear your input!
Come and celebrate our monthly Slow Food foothills organization potluck and planning meetings! Bring a potluck dish and, if interested, your own beverages. On a given Sunday from 4:30-6:30, this event is open to all members and potential members of Slow Food Foothills. There will be a short presentation about the activities and programs that the group will develop together. Please bring your own plate, silverware and cup to cut down on paper and plastic waste. The evening includes:
- Meet Slow Food Foothills chapter officers and members.
- Share in the planning for the purpose of the group.
- Enjoy the company of neighbors and new acquaintances committed to local food and its clean, affordable and fair access to all.
Slow Food Foothills programs and events include, but not be limited to: fresh and sustainable cooking classes,sustainable growing practices, Heritage Foods Education, preserving food traditions, Slow Food on Campus (working with students and educating about sustainable food systems), Slow Food in Industry, Restaurants, and local Events, Gleaners for Good (NC is llth worst in nation for family food hardship), Slow Food Events in WNC (gathering together to enjoy food), Slow Food FamilyStyle picnics and housewarmings (no gathering too small.)