On Monday, we hosted our first-ever fundraiser, the Local Food Throwdown in the wonderful joined spaces at Landing Beer Company and Utopian Coffee & Kitchen. Local food enthusiasts, chefs, and producers joined us for an evening of friendly competition and inventive and flavorful food and drinks.
Wow! There are no words to express our gratitude for the support from our local food community for helping make it such a success. Between the sold out ticket sales, the generous donations of fun local food-themed experiences and foods in the silent auction, and pledges to the new Northeast Indiana Farm to School Fund, we exceeded our fundraising goals for this inaugural fundraising event.
Congratulations to the winners of the first Local Food Throwdown:
Best Cocktail: Nicky Nolot, Tolon, for The Huntress with Old Hamer Cask Strength Rye, Chanterelle infused raw honey, Zucca Rabarbaro Amaro, Hoffman Certified Organics Mangalista Bacon, candied walnuts, and local honey comb
Best Appetizer: Matt Nolot, Tolon, for Smoked Beef Tartare with corn husk aioli, egg yolk jam, and foie gras crackers
Best Entree: Samantha Yim, True Kimchi, for Kimchi Fried Rice with aged spicy Napa kimchi, Hawkins Family Farm bacon, gochujang, and rice
Best Dessert: Hetty Vorderman, Hetty Arts Pastry, for Caramelized Fall Spiced Apples with honey caramel, yogurt vanilla bean pastry cream, hazelnut brown butter crumble
and apple crisp
The event featured the following:
Aaron Butts, Copper Spoon, Pork Carnitas with pickled vegetables, jalapeño, spicy greens, and hot sauce
Johnny Perez, Mercado Restaurant, Birria De Hongos with
lion’s mane, oyster, shiitake mushrooms, blue heirloom Mexican corn tortilla, jack cheese, radish, and cilantro
Adam House, Landing Beer Company, Pork Roast with turnip puree, wagyu tallow confit potatoes, warm sumac carrot salad, Utopian gravy, and apple Slaw
Bo Gonzales, Bravas, Frijoles a la Gallega with Butifarra Blanca, Galician white beans, caldo broth, braised onions, Catalan pork sausage, salsa verde, and pickled chilies
Corey Bowers, Chance Bar, Milk Panna Cotta with
local plum-blackraspberry jam and hay-smoked sunflower crumble
Jim Huffman, Walnut Hill Catering & Events, Organic Popcorn Shooter, “Liquid Popcorn Ball”, with maple pearls and honey foam
Spencer Maule, Mercado Restaurant, Maria Sabina’s Carmel Corn with Sierra Norte Yellow Heirloom Oaxacan Corn Whiskey: infused with Windrose Urban Farm shiitake mushrooms, Estancia Raicilla Maximiliana, Balam Sotol Durango, Derrumbes Tamaulipas Destilado de Agave: Funkiana, Univittatta, Americana agaves
Cynar, Salted Garwood Orchard's sweet corn demerara syrup, Angostura Bitters, and lemon oil
Trevor Scovel, Copper Spoon, Tomato Martini with gin washed with Heirloom Tomato Oil, local heirloom tomato water, Noily Prat Original Dry Vermouth, and fermented tomato oil
Hat tip to the following farmers and producers for the local
and regional ingredients featured in the above culinary creations:
Berry Hill Farm
Hawkins Family Farm
Grant Creek Farm
Wood Farms FW
El Huerto Urban Garden
Ambrosia Orchard, Cidery & Meadery
Wholesome Meadows Farm
Small Acres Specialty Farms
Winger’s Sugar Bush
Pine Creek Honey
Hoffman Certified Organics
Windrose Urban Farm
JR Kelly Company: The Horseradish House
Mouzin Brothers Farms
Bee Great Local
Kicking’ off March with some body balm! Wholesome Meadows Farm body balm is made organic olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and Shea butter. Giving your skin the extra TLC that it needs. Come smell our four different scents! 🌿
Savor Fort Wayne is HERE! It’s the perfect time to show our ❤️ for the wonderful restaurants that support our local farms by featuring locally sourced ingredients on their Savor menus.
We're starting with a visit to Landing Beer Company, a welcoming place they call “your newest old favorite”. We agree. Whether you dine inside, enjoy a table outside on The Landing, or get carry-out to enjoy your meal at home as we did, your meal will be hot, flavorful and prepared just the way you like it.
The Crispy Chicken Sandwich was just perfect! Hot, crispy, juicy, all with a mouthwatering kick. This generous sandwich is offered with a choice of extra toppings and we chose to add a creamy fried egg from Wholesome Meadows Farm in Huntington that made it sooo irresistibly good. The Broccoli Salad tasted great as a side.
The Half Pound of BBQ Brisket was nice and tender and had a great flavor on it’s own. The hearty portion was served with your choice of 4 different housemade BBQ sauces and the fresh cornbread was really tasty. The Glorious Gate Nut Brown Ale was just the right choice to quench our thirst.
Since this was our first visit to The Landing Beer Company, we couldn’t resist ordering the Pulled Pork and the Spare Ribs, too. It’s such a treat to be able to enjoy both ribs and pulled pork made with local, pasture-raised pork from Gunthorp Farms in LaGrange County. Both were slow cooked to perfection and served with our choice of sauces. The sides of mac & cheese, cole slaw, and house pickles were all terrific, as yes, we have lots of great leftovers to enjoy.
A slice of Goat Cheese Cheesecake made with Capriole goat cheese from southern Indiana was a smooth and sweet ending to our first memorable meal at The Landing Beer Company. We’ll be back! ,
Here is annual Jester Family pumpkin carvings. 🎃
Our second annual Wholesome Meadows pumpkin picks--after a night of family fun! Best fall event--and everyone loved the sunflower maze this year! THE BEST! Thank you to Wholesome Meadows!
Our carved pumpkins 🎃
😋 This week we are highlighting the fresh produce! Check out these tables. Market is from 4-7pm today. Produce credit:
Country Side Produce
Salomon Farm Park Gardens
Wholesome Meadows Farm
Windrose Urban Farm
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Love the eggs. I am ready for the strawberries.