Saturday, May 12, 2012

Event: Eating Local in the New South

Posted By on Sat, May 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

On Thursday, May 15, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., the Levine Museum of the New South will host a lecture about the eating local movement in the Charlotte area.

Local foods is the bread and butter at Harvest Moon Grille
  • Local foods are the bread and butter at Harvest Moon Grille

The event will be hosted by Dr. Tom Hanchett and will feature Cassie Parsons of Grateful Growers Farm of Lincolnton and Harvest Moon Grill of Charlotte, as well as Kristin Davis of Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension. Speakers Parsons and Davis will both discuss how local eating and farming has affected the region while participants enjoy wine and a Southern buffet dinner from Mert's Heart & Soul.

Cassie Parsons, who wears many hats as a business owner, farmer and chef, will specifically speak about the history of the locavore movement and the economic potential created by this movement. She believes that the Charlotte region has a unique opportunity due to our close proximity to farmland and, thus, quality local products created by these farms. Parsons will also address how Charlotte is the perfect place to bridge the gap between farms and the culinary arts, championing the collaboration between farmers and chefs and its potential for limitless positive effect on the local economy.

Chef Cassie Parsons wears many hats as a business owner, farmer, and chef
  • Chef Cassie Parsons wears many hats as a business owner, farmer, and chef

Parsons also will provide details of how Charlotte residents can participate in the local foods movement. Her joint business venture of both farm and restaurant has a 1.4 million dollar economic impact on the local area and she stands by the fact that every dollar spent on local foods has a multiplying effect on the local economy. Her ultimate goal at this lecture is to illustrate an opportunity to create a win by connecting farmers, the community, and the chefs.

This event is free for Museum members, $10 for non-members and includes program, wine and buffet. The lecture and dinner is presented by Marsh Properties, sponsored by Mert's Heart and Soul, The Charlotte Observer and WFAE 90.7.

Reservations required. RSVP by calling 704-333-1887 ext. 501 or

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