Chefs gather to rally for Appalachia – Family Style Dinner to Benefit Appalachian Food Summit

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A number of guest chefs will join Lockbox executive chef Jonathan Searle for a four-course dinner and a cocktail hour Thursday, August 10 benefitting the Appalachian Food Summit.

Each course of the family style dinner will be designed and prepared by a different regional chef, including Searle, Chef Annie Pettry of Decca (Louisville), Chef Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn and Honeywood (Midway and Lexington), Chef Levon Wallace of Gray & Dudley (Nashville), Chef Mark Richardson of Dudley’s (Lexington). Ronni Lundy, a food activist and award-winning author will present thoughts on Appalachian food culture.

“In a world of convenience and cheap food, it is even more important for me to emphasize a connection to wholesome food, born of love,” said Searle. “The wisdom of Appalachian cooking and heirloom ingredients is all about staying connected to the food we eat. This is huge for me. The more minds we have involved in sharing this love of Appalachian food, the bigger that message grows and allows us to deepen our understanding of healthy food culture.”

Proceeds from the event, including a silent auction, will go directly to the Appalachian Food Summit, a community of writers, chefs, farmers, scholars, community activists and traditional mountain food enthusiasts working toward a sustainable future for the 81% of Appalachian residents struggling to receive sufficient nutrition. Appalachian Food Summit serves as the educational arm of Grow Appalachia, a non-profit dedicated to sustaining Appalachian foodways and families.

Previously, the Appalachian Food Summit has hosted a weekend-long conference to educate chefs and foodies, to build awareness and community around this cause, as well as feed and nurture the local community. Due to financial struggles, the AFS was unable to host the conference this year. Chefs from around the region have rallied around the cause and collaborative benefit dinners have popped up around the south.

“Each one of these incredible chefs I have invited to Lockbox has Appalachia seated deep in their hearts,” said Searle. “Without the summit this year, we felt called to do what we could to continue the conversation.”

Tickets are $95 per person and seating is limited. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and advanced reservations are required. For reservations, call 859.899.6860.

From Grow Appalachia

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