March 15, 2017 11:23 AM
Decades ago, volunteers saw a need for space to grow healthy food in the Hillside of Duluth - to fill that need, the Duluth Community Garden Program got underway in 1977 with a few garden plots in the Central Hillside.
Forty years later, the program has grown to 255 garden plots in 19 locations. These locations span the range of the city and grow all sorts of sustainable foods.
Food enthusiasts once again have the opportunity to try some of the sustainable products at this year's 'The Art of Local Food.' This is the sixth year for the event.
The Duluth Community Garden Program is partnering with the Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association to highlight the local flavors of food grown in Duluth with a five-course gourmet dinner put together by professional chefs. The chefs will share about the dishes and the use of local sustainable food.
"The chefs, they really do all the hard work in preparing all of the food," said Emily Richey, director of the Duluth Community Garden Program.
Richey spoke of chefs with the organization coming from local culinary places, such as Duluth Grill, OMC Smokehouse, the DECC, East High School's Culinary Training Program and Upper Lakes Foods.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to help both the Duluth Community Garden Program and the Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association. There is also a silent auction and David Abazs, a local farmer and food systems expert, will speak about a resilient food system in the Northland.
Tickets are $50 per person. They can be purchased at both Whole Foods Coop locations, the Duluth Grill, or on the Duluth Community Garden Program's website. Some tickets will also be available at the door.
Doors open at Clyde Iron Works for 'The Art of Local Food' at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16. The first course will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2017 11:23 AM
Created: March 15, 2017 10:01 AM
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