On Sept. 14, 2017, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered on UNC Asheville’s Quad to enjoy delicious local food, music, and fellowship at the third annual Farm-to-Table dinner.
Focusing on the theme of migration, students, faculty, and staff speakers encouraged attendees to consider and appreciate all the people who facilitate the complex journey our food makes, from gardens and farms to markets and kitchens, and finally, to our plates. Mexican folkloric dance performances by Raíces (Roots), a children's group from Nuestro Centro, an outreach center that offers services for the hispanic community of Asheville, and song and dance from Cornbread & Tortillas, a collective of artists from Kentucky and parts of Latin America, accompanied the meal, along with bluegrass music, Cherokee song and dance, and clogging.
The beautiful meal was as multicultural as the entertainment. Diners enjoyed Algerian okra and tomatoes, English shepherd’s pie, salad with Cherokee heirloom tomatoes, chorizo and hominy stew, cornbread and corn tortillas, butternut squash and sweet potatoes, and more, with ice cream from Asheville’s The Hop for dessert. The food came from local farms and food providers.
A packet of seeds from Asheville’s Sow True Seed complemented each table setting, with a message from writer and naturalist Janisse Ray about how we can all be part of cultivating and sustaining our food: “A seed makes it itself. ...But it needs help. Sometimes it needs a moth or a wasp or a gust of wind. ...It needs a garden and a gardener. It needs you.”
Read more about Farm-to-Table 2017 in the Mountain Xpress.