Local food dinner series begins Aug. 15
by Anna Oakes
Set in the dining hall of Camp Sky Ranch, located minutes outside of Boone off of Winkler’s Creek Road, the dinners will feature the creations of chefs Travis and Sarah Sparks, Ken and Wendy Gordon and Edwin Bloodworth, who will work with local farmers and vendors.
“Each dinner has a different theme and a different price range,” said Mary Scott of High Country Local First. “The group is trying to … bring in diverse crowds to each dinner to try to expose folks to a truly local meal.”
With a few exceptions — one being the Carolina Mountains to Sea Dinner — “just about every ingredient will be coming form the High Country,” said Scott.
Three dinners are currently scheduled.
The first, on Aug. 15, is a Back to School BBQ, featuring a whole hog from Rose Mountain Farm and sides such as fingerling potato salad with arugula, cabbage fennel with purslane slaw and summer squash vegetable gratin. The cost is $40, and kids eat free.
Sept. 5 is the Composed Small Plates dinner, held in conjunction with Boone Independent Restaurants’ High Country Small Plate Crawl. The intimate dinner includes eight Appalachia-inspired courses and costs $100.
The Carolina Mountains to Sea Dinner will serve up the cuisine of the Carolinas’ rivers, lakes and ocean. Its price is $75.
More dinners will be added throughout September and October, and the series will then resume in the spring.
“Some are more expensive; we’re going to come back down (on the cost) with some other ones,” Scott said.
Diners will have the opportunity to eat and learn with the people who have grown, harvested and prepared the meal, who can answer questions about agriculture and food preparation.
High Country Local First Rewards Card members can receive $5 off the cost of each dinner.
High Country Local First is part of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, which includes 80 community networks throughout the U.S. and Canada. BALLE networks create local living economies through the building blocks of independent retail, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, green building, local zero-waste manufacturing and community capital.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.highcountrylocalfirst.org/farm-to-table-dinners.php or call (828) 773-4373.