Monday, September 17, 2018
Appalachian Food Summit - Cornbread and Roses: Solidarity, Resistance, and Subsistence
The Appalachian Food Summit is a really amazing event that brought together chefs, writers, and other folks in the food industry.
This is the first time it's been held in West Virginia, so I was excited to check it out.
The summit consisted of incredible speakers, performances, and, of course, food.
I was so excited to see folks like Ronni Lundy, Crystal Good, Kristian Thacker, Mike Costello, Courtney Balestier, Nancy Bruns, Emily Hilliard & more.
I had the pleasure of hanging with Ashton Marra, Katie Schell & her husband, Marion Ohlinger & his wife, and Matt Welsh.
Coffee was served by Firsthand Coffee throughout the summit.
And, we heard from so many great, inspiring folks.
I may have geeked out when I met Ronni Lundy!
Lunch for the event consisted of pepperoni rolls & a tomato sandwich bar.
There were four different bakeries represented: Home Industry, Abruzzino's, D'Annunzio's, and Tomaro's - all from Harrison County.
I had to try one of each, plus they had sweet peppers and hot peppers, too.
The tomato sandwich bar was so impressive!
There was salt-rising bread, Buxton bacon sourdough, and Tomaro's bread.
Tomatoes were Mortgage Lifer Tomatoes, Hillbilly Yellow Tomatoes, and Cherokee Purple Tomatoes. Mayos were Duke's, herby mayo, and hot fat mayo. Plus JQ Dickinson salt, smoked salt and kosher salt.
I tried an open-faced with the salt-rising and Duke's, then the Buxton and hog fat.
And there was fritti for dessert, which is like an Italian donut. There were a ton of different sauces. I tried both the sorghum and caramel. That caramel was soo good.
And there were also roasted veggies to go along with everything.
Including Baba O'Riley Ganoush and fermented watermelon.
After a few more sessions, it was time for pickles & zines happy hour.
And, I ate all the pickles and bought all of the zines.
It was really cool that chefs from all over contributed all sorts of pickled goodies - loved the beets and sour corn!
Travelin' Appalachians Revue had some readings, and Keegan Lester is my all-time favorite now!
At this happy hour, they also had flatbreads from Mia Margherita.
So many pickles!
So many zines!
And now moving onto dinner, we talked a lot about corn and its importance.
Just look at this amazing menu!
Chef Amy Dawson - Lost Creek Farm
Salt-rising bread panzanella salad with fall squash, cucumber, baby greens & pickled onion with sourghum vinaigrette.
Buckwheat buttermilk black walnut sheet cake with pan-fried apples & whipped cream.
Chef AuCo Lai - The LEE Initiative in Corbin, Ky
Charred miso eggplant & sushi rice, lotus root kimchi, sweet pickled mustard green
Chef Kristin M Smith - The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery in Corbin, Ky
Pottliker greens & beans (Old Homestead Farm)
Pork rinds & pimento cheese (Faulkner Bent Farm)
Chef Pamela DeLaude - Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport
Catfish empanada with yellow pepper sauce
Skewered beef hearts with chimichurri sauce and corn relish
Chef Ashley Capps - Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville
Brunswick Stew made with smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken, South Carolina hash & homegrown vegetables
Homemade peanut butter crunch
Did you go? What was your favorite part?