Farm to Fork dinner embraces importance of local farmers

Farm to Fork dinner embraces importance of local farmers (Image 1)

A Cumberland River advocacy group will host its third annual farm to fork dinner in Nashville on Thursday.

The dinner is aimed toward embracing ingredients provided by local farmers who rely on Metro's water supply to support their crops and livestock.

Local farms are a key element in Nashville's rise in culinary prominence while providing Middle Tennesseans with a way to forgo packaged foods.

The Farm to Fork dinner hosted by The Cumberland River Compact will feature food prepared by local chefs who use ingredients from regional farms.

News 2's Stephanie Langston met with chef Robert Spinelli at Perl in Bellevue, a restaurant known for their use of local farms for ingredients.

“If we support locals, we can keep our Nashville economy going strong and really bring support to healthy food and fresh items,” Spinelli said.

“There's so much being grown in our community and nearby farms that it is silly to ignore that and use other things,” he added.

Thursday night's dinner will feature a pineapple jalapeno upside down cake with a goat's milk caramel created by Perl's pastry chef using all local ingredients.

The dinner begins at 7 p.m. at Green Door Gourmet located at 7011 River Road in west Nashville.

Tickets are $75 for individuals, $50 for students with an ID, and tables of 10 can be arranged for $700.

Proceeds will directly benefit the work of the Cumberland River Compact to keep the Cumberland River clean and healthy.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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