Appalachian Food Summit Dinner at 21c Lexington

Appalachian Food Summit Dinner

I’m always happy when food is involved, but even more so when it’s made by several of my favorite chefs from the region. Like at the Appalachian Food Summit Dinner at 21c in Lexington earlier this month. So much good food. Such a gorgeous space. So little time. Literally can’t say enough good things about my first Fork + Bottle Dinner at 21c, but I can say that it will definitely not be my last.  Lexington is certainly a city that is growing in both size and impact in the region. I’m finding myself making the short drive West of Louisville more and more often as of late. Louisville’s little sister is finally growing up, and the region is lucky to have her. The Appalachian Food Summit Dinner was the perfect reminder of the food I grew up eating in my grandma’s kitchen, and of the culture that went along with it. A culture that is seeing a renaissance of sorts as chefs begin to embrace comfort food in all it’s iterations. I felt incredibly blessed to be at a table of fellow Southerners sharing food much like generations before us would have done.  Those moments are the ones I…

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Lexington Farmers Market

Before jetting off to Chicago last weekend I hit the road early one morning for a quick trip to the Lexington Farmers Market with Chef Jonathan Searle of Lockbox. Why? Mostly because I’m a glutton for punishment. But also because I’m attending a dinner he’s hosting for the Appalachian Food Summit. Seeing as how I’ve been itching to attend one of their Fork & Barrel dinners for a while now I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about this one. After spending the morning with him and seeing his love for his craft, my mouth is already watering. Plus, I always love the chance to support a good cause, especially one that’s all about Kentucky. After all that is how this blog came to be. So I’m all about paying it forward.  As I walked the market with Chef that Saturday morning I learned that 81% of Appalachian residents do not receive sufficient nutrition. So he’s bringing together some of the best chefs in the region together on July 10, 2017 for a four-course dinner and cocktail hour. Each regional chef is designing and preparing a different course of the family style dinner. Including Searle, Chef Annie Pettry of Decca (Louisville), Chef Ouita Michel of Holly Hill…

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