Get Healthy, Live Well and the West Georgia Regional Food System Collaborative are inviting area farmers and restaurateurs to discuss ways to bring more locally sourced products to menus throughout the region.
A “Farm to Chef Networking Day” will be held Monday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carroll County UGA Cooperative Extension Office at 900 Newnan Road in Carrollton.
Area farmers, restaurant chefs, caterers and food service directors from schools, hospitals and nursing homes will gather for the afternoon to network and discuss ways to streamline food distribution in the region. Farmers, chefs and food purchasers from Carroll, Douglas, Coweta, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Cleburne and Randolph counties are encouraged to attend the event.
“Farmers around here can grow a lot of different fruits, vegetables and meats. When local restaurants purchase food from area growers, the food they serve is fresher and more nutritious, and more money remains flowing through the local economy. This is a win-win for everybody,” said Bryan Hager, owner of Crager/Hager Farm and co-chair of the West Georgia Regional Food System Collaborative.
The Farm to Chef Networking Day will feature a panel discussion with Tommy Searcy, co-owner from Gum Creek Farm, Executive Chef Glenn Barnett from Sunset Hills Country Club, and Linette Dodson, director of school nutrition for Carrollton City Schools. The event also will include “Speed Dating for Farmers and Chefs,” a networking opportunity. Attendees should be sure to bring plenty of business cards, brochures and food samples of their products.
Farmers are invited to stay from 4 to 5 p.m. for a focus group on the needs and opportunities for farms in west Georgia. The focus group will be led by Barbara Kawulich, PhD, from the University of West Georgia.
Pre-registration is available through Monday, Nov. 4. Cost for the event is $5, and includes snacks. Checks may be made payable to Carroll County 4-H. For more information or to register, call Paula Burke at 770.836.8546 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.