Kentucky Harvest Celebration to benefit Appalachian Food Summit set for Sept. 23 at Holly Hill Inn

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Bluegrass restaurateur Ouita Michel is throwing a Kentucky Harvest Celebration Sept. 23 to benefit the Appalachian Food Summit, at her flagship restaurant, the Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway.

“We are celebrating Kentucky’s unique artistic culture with poetry, music and a menu that highlights Kentucky’s rich food traditions,” Michel said.

Michel has invited renowned musicians, writers and chefs who are passionate about preserving the heritage of the Appalachian region to the party, which is open to the public. Entertainment throughout the evening will be performed by Amy and Daniel Carwile, Brett Ratliff, poet Rebecca Howell, poetry editor of Oxford American Magazine and poet in residence at the Hindman Settlement School; the Pawpaw Pickers and Carwile String Studio students.

Created in 2013, the Appalachian Food Summit is a community of Appalachian heritage enthusiasts that honors the past, celebrates the present and works to support a sustainable future for the region’s food and people.

Dinner will feature a whole roasted Red Wattle hog, a heritage breed raised by Travis Hood in Robertson County, and an old-fashioned outdoor fish fry. Chefs from all of Michel’s restaurants and other invited chef friends will prepare traditional Kentucky side dishes such as late harvest beans, greens, biscuits, corn bread, apple stack cake, loganberry pie and more.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets for the picnic buffet are $75, which includes tax and service. Wine by the glass and bottle and craft beer will be available, as well as full bar service.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Appalachian Food Summit. Please go to Eventbrite or call (859) 846-4732 for ticket information.

Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street, in Midway, Ky., Exit 65 off I-64. Call (859) 846-4732 or visit the Holly Hill Inn Website.

About the artists Kentucky Harvest Celebration

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American Purgatory, which was selected by Don Share for the 2016 Sexton Prize. Her debut collection, Render /An Apocalypse, was a finalist for Foreword Review’s 2014 Book of the Year and received wide critical acclaim, most notably by David L. Ulin for the LA Times, who called the collection “remarkable.” Howell is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri’s verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation, which was named a 2011 Best Book of Poetry by Library Journal and was shortlisted for Three Percent’s Best Translated Book Award. Among Howell’s honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize; she has also been awarded sustaining support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women throughout her career. Since 2014, she has edited poetry for the Oxford American, publishing a new profile of Southern poetics including such writers as Nikki Giovanni, Tyehimba Jess, and Fady Joudah, and featuring the release of Nikky Finney’s epic, “The Battle Of and For The Black Face Boy.” Howell lives in Knott County, Ky., where she serves as James Still Writer-in-Residence at the Hindman Settlement School.

Daniel and Amy Carwile are seasoned and diverse performers. Their unique musical style has been heard from the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., to venues and audiences across the United States as well as Canada and the British Isles. They have performed with artists such as Tim O’Brien, Bela Fleck, The Moody Blues, Natalie MacMaster, and The Battlefield Band. Competing across the country, Amy has garnered fiddle awards in over 10 states and British Columbia, Canada. Daniel, a U.S. Grand Master Fiddle Champion and World Series of Fiddling Champion, is also a sought after session musician, recording on Rounder, Sugar Hill, and Rebel Records. From Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., to Music Row in Nashville, Tenn., Daniel has recorded with Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Claire Lynch, Michael English, and Larry Cordle. His participation in Moody Bluegrass: A Nashville Tribute to the Moody Blues earned him a nomination for Recorded Event of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association and climbed to No. 8 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart. Daniel can also be found on Kenny and Amanda Smith’s Grammy nominated project, Tell Someone, on Rebel Records. Daniel and Amy’s duo recording, Col Arco,reached No. 5 on the Acoustic/Folk Radio Charts.

Brett Ratliff’s homeplace is Van Lear, Ky., the historic coal camp that gave birth to Loretta Lynn. Having been mentored by the masters of the area, Ratliff has toured the region and the world with groups such as Clack Mountain String Band, Dirk Powell Band, Giant Rooster Sideshow, and Rich & the Po’ Folk, and he has played alongside the likes of Woody Pines, Foghorn Stringband, Jean Ritchie, Mike Seeger, and Art Stamper. Ratliff has taught traditional Kentucky repertoire far and wide, including The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash.; Swannanoa Gathering in Swannanoa, N.C.; Sore Fingers Week in Oxfordshire, England; Augusta Heritage’s Early Country Music Week in Elkins, W.V.; Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Letcher County, Ky., and elsewhere. Also a community organizer, Ratliff is an activist for the connection between the arts, foodways, and economic development. Ratliff has worked toward the wellness of his region with such organizations as Appalshop and Hindman Settlement School, and he has founded festivals, such as the Morehead Old Time Music Festival and the Lexington Old Time Gathering, that continue today. His first solo release was the 2008 June Appal recording Cold Icy Mountain. Gone Boy is his long-awaited second solo project.

The Pawpaw Pickers is a varying and diverse group of Central Kentucky musicians who perform old-time and bluegrass music at venues such as Ouita Michel’s Wallace Station, Midway, Ky., Windy Corner Market, Lexington, Ky., as well as festivals and events whenever they feel called. Musicians to perform for the Appalachian feast include David Wagoner, fiddle, Bruce Lewis, guitar, Noah Adler, mandolin, and Terri Powell, bass.

From Holly Hill Inn

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