Small Bites for a Big Cause
'Small Bites for a Big Cause' is a friendly culinary competition showcasing High Country Grown chefs. They will be challenged to incorporate fresh, local ingredients into bite-sized hors d'oeuvres. Ticket holders will have the chance to taste each small bite and vote on their favorites. We'll also have three celebrity judges weighing in on their picks for best overall. Scroll all the way down to see this year's lineup!
This year's theme is 'Shady Grove,' a traditional Appalachian Folk song dating back to the late eighteenth century. Widely recorded, one of the most famous versions was released by Doc Watson on his 1968 album "Doc Watson in Nashville: Good Deal!"
Competitors are encouraged to utilize Shady Grove and its lyrics to inspire their dish!
FEATURING CHEFS FROM:
- Over Yonder
- The Cardinal
- Le Jay Filet
- Cafe Violette
- Azafran LLC
- The Gamekeeper
- Timberlake Restaurant
- Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Reid's Cafe
This year's event includes a second competition, Small Sips, featuring some of the High Country's best bartenders! Using the same theme, bartenders will mix a mocktail and a cocktail to pair with their chef's Small Bite.
THIS EVENT IS 21 AND UP!
Can't make it to the event but want to support FARM Cafe?? Don't miss out on FARM Cafe's Virtual Silent Auction!!! Bidding begins August 21, 2023. We've got skydiving, flyfishing, vacation packages, beekeeping classes, gift cards to local businesses, self care packages, and more!
Shady Grove by David Holt and Doc Watson
Meet our Live Auctioneer!
Meet the Judges!
A writer, storyteller, and culinary expert, Boone native Sheri Castle is well-known as the host of 'The Key Ingredient,' an Emmy-winning cooking show from PBS NC. Sheri is also an avid recipe developer, teacher, and public speaker.
Chief Development Director of Hospitality House and Boone Town Council Member, Todd Carter, is a social justice advocate, community leader, and avowed foodie!
Gail Greco is a food journalist and the author of seventeen cookbooks, including "Afternoon Tea is the New Happy Hour" (available now!). She has traveled the world, searching for recipes and entertaining ideas, and has become well-known through her award-winning PBS TV series, 'Country Inn Cooking with Gail Greco,' which won a James Beard nomination for Best TV Food Journalism.
About FARM Cafe
FARM Cafe is a nonprofit, donate-what-you-can cafe dedicated to building an inclusive community by providing high quallity and delicious meals, sourced locally when possible, in a restaurant where everybody eats, regardless of means.
We believe that everyone deserves nourishment, both literally through enjoying a selection of healthy, nutritious meal options, and spiritually through participating in a welcoming community.
Those unable to pay the suggested donation for meals are encouraged to give their time in exchange. In this way, we build community through shared values, labor, and enjoyment of delicious foods.
FARM Cafe serves an average of 1400 meals monthly during our Monday-Friday lunch service. Approximately 35% of individuals pay less than the suggested donation, volunteer their time in exchange for a meal, or utilize a complimentary meal token. The average donation per meal is $8.13. In a traditional restaurant, meals would be priced at $14.00 per plate. All proceeds from Small Bites for a Big Cause and the silent auction assist in closing this gap and allowing FARM Cafe to provide high quality meals for all diners, regardless of ability to pay.
In addition to its lunch service, FARM Cafe's outreach programs provide an average of 800 meals per month to community partner organizations.
To learn more about FARM Cafe and its programming, visit www.farmcafe.org!