Waxhaw’s New Town Farms Hosting Farm-To-Chef Event

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Charlotte Magazine is hosting a Farm-To-Chef fundraising lunch, Saturday June 10th, at New Town Farms in Waxhaw.

The Farm-To-Chef event is multi-course lunch on New Town Farms with some of Charlotte’s top chefs and their favorite farmers participating. All of the participating chefs will share their stories of food and inspiration.

Local farmers will offer up their best summer produce to some of Charlotte’s top chefs who will then prepare a delicious meal for attendees. There will be live entertainment and unlimited beverages.

Tickets were $75 and include a multi-course lunch that will be served with Biltmore wines. Specialty cocktails will also be available. All participants must be 21-years-old or older.

New Town Farms is located at 4512 New Town Rd in Waxhaw.

Featured chefs include for this inaugural event include:
Jamie Lynch-5Church
Bruce Moffett-Moffett Restaurant Group
Rocco Whalen-Fahrenheit
Paul Verica-Heritage Food and Drink
Clark Barlowe-Heirloom Restaurant
Mike Chanthavong-O-Ku
Luca Annunziata-Luca’s Modern Italian
Chris Coleman-Stoke
Franke Jones-204 North Kitchen and Cocktails
Alyssa Wilen-Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Austin Wood-The Wooden Vine
Ashley Boyd-Heritage Food and Drink and 300 East

A portion of net proceeds from the event will benefit the The Matthews Community Farmers Market and The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Both groups are active in the Charlotte local food movement and are supported by chefs and farmers alike.

New Town Farms has been hosting farm dinners for over a decade and their statement on their web page explains their philosophy for hosting these events.

“We held our first farm dinner in 2006, these dinners were a natural outgrowth of working with chefs in our region, and our mission to help educate people on the origins of their food. Believing that many of our agricultural, environmental, food, and health woes stem from our dislocation from the land and the work of farming, it has been our purpose to educate as a part of helping to heal this divide.

“Early on at New Town Farms we saw great value in a plate of well farmed, well prepared local food as one of the best educational windows back to matters of land, soil, animal husbandry, and health. In recent years thoughtful chefs and farmers have been among those on the front lines in this important work,  and it has changed the way we eat.

“As Wendell Berry famously said, “eating is an agriculture act”.  When people make enlightened food choices it has agricultural implications that work to better care for the gift of this land that sustains us all.  And what more pleasurable way to make these connections than to enjoy a well farmed meal, lovingly prepared, in the very place from which the food was brought forth.

“At heart these are beautiful times to come together with friends and family to enjoy and celebrate these blessings.”

The event is sponsored by Charlotte Magazine and more information is available at https://www.culinarylocal.com/venue/new-town-farms/

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at ripig1979@yahoo.com.