Building upon the success of six sold-out years with enhancements such as VIP options and an award honoring a local food scene hero, more than 25 local chefs will create the food for The Land of Green, the seventh annual Farm to Plate Sustainable Food Center (SFC) event, from 6: 30 to 9:30 p.m., May 8, at the historic Barr Mansion.
The Land of Green theme invites guests to enjoy the bounty of spring, and all of the participating chefs have demonstrated a commitment to using food from local sources, in line with SFC’s mission. Farm to Plate focuses exclusively on locally grown and produced food, as well as educating guests about local, healthy, humanely raised, sustainably grown and affordable food for Central Texans. All proceeds benefit SFC, a nonprofit organization responsible for four farmers markets, organic food gardening classes, support for area farmers and interactive cooking classes and nutrition education in the Austin area.
The event format is “sip and stroll,” with guests sampling small bites and enjoying an array of beverages throughout the three-hour event. Libations will include beer from local breweries, sustainably produced wines and spirits and mixologist David Alan, also known as the Tipsy Texan, creating cocktails incorporating local fruit and herbs.
SFC will present St. David’s Foundation with the second annual Sustainable Food Changemakers award, which honors an individual or group of individuals who have contributed to SFC’s mission. The Foundation provided a grant to establish the St. David’s Foundation Community Garden at SFC’s new, permanent home. It also provided a grant to establish the SFC Farmer’s Market East location and funds the Double Dollar incentive program at all SFC Farmers’ Markets, which helps disadvantaged families acquire fruits and vegetables at the markets.
Among the corporate sponsors are Bank of America, H-E-B, Silicon Labs, Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and Realty Austin. In-kind sponsors include Marquee Event Group, Edible Austin and Barr Mansion—the first certified-organic event venue in the nation, which generously provides the site for SFC’s annual Farm to Plate event.