Saturday, April 29, 2006

"Slow Food" dinner raises money for Caretaker Farm, features wild leeks and benefits of local economy

Submitted by the Western Massachusetts Slow Food Convivium

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Supporters of local agriculture and wholesome cuisine will savor the wild leek – and a local food economy -- on Friday, May 12 during the second-annual dinner organized by the Western Massachusetts Slow Food Convivium. The proceeds will benefit the $239,000 campaign for Caretaker Farm. The dinner is open to the public.

"We're preserving traditions and locally grown, wholesome food," says Lori K. van Handel, volunteer leader of the local Slow Food chapter with about 150 members from the Berkshires, Columbia County and the Pioneer Valley. "Caretaker Farm represents all of the philosophies that are present in the slow-food movement. It's about keeping farms viable and about saving the family farm."

The May 12 dinner is set for Mezze Bistro and Bar beginning at 6:30 p.m. The prix fixe pricing, including tip, tax and wine, is by reservation only with a minimum contribution of $65 per person for Slow Food or Caretaker Farm members and $75 for non members. The dinner will include 4 courses, with wild leeks, also known as “spring ramps,” featured in every course. The wild leeks will be foraged in a sustainable manner from the hills, woods and meadows of Caretaker Farm.

For dinner reservations, please call Mezze directly at 413-458-0123.



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