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Originally published: 2013-10-22 11:48:10
Last modified: 2013-10-22 11:48:55

Hospitality House celebrates National Food Day

The Hospitality House will celebrate National Food Day on Thursday with an open house, tour of the garden and facility, and a locally grown meal open to the public.

The organization is focusing on promoting safer, healthier diets and supporting sustainable and organic farms within National Food Day's aims.

Serving local food reduces the amount of preservatives in the meal and encourages people to eat more nutritious foods grown in or around where they live. The food served on Food Day will all be locally grown and donated or purchased through partnerships with the Watauga County Farmers Market. Donations were made by Billy Kennedy, Earth Fare and Stick Boy Bread Company.

The vouchers received through the partnership with the Watauga County Farmers Market allowed Allison Jennings, Hospitality House food service coordinator, to purchase nice additions to the meal for Food Day.

"I enjoyed being able to add a nice touch to the meal," Jennings said.

Thursday's meal will be classic meatloaf made with locally raised beef, Tumbling Shoals Farm roasted peppers, rosemary-roasted Watauga County potatoes, locally grown spicy butternut squash with Blue Ridge Apiaries cinnamon honey, Hospitality House garden salad with Sunshine Cove Farm market micro green mix, coffee seedling apple crisp with Faith Mountain Farm granola, and Stick Boy Bread Company soft yeast rolls.

Food will be prepared and served by Hospitality House staff, ASU Slow Food students, Chris May from the Hospitality House Board of Directors, and Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The public is welcomed and invited to attend the Food Day event.

For further information or to RSVP, contact Allison Jennings at (828)264-1237 ext. 103 or

To learn more about Hospitality House, visit For more information on National Food Day visit