To promote use of the state’s fresh fruits and vegetables in the restaurant industry, the North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is challenging chefs to “Dig Into Local.”
The 90-day challenge asks chefs to create as many menu options as they can using North Carolina products, according to a news release from the department.
“This 90-day challenge is a great opportunity for local chefs to connect with local farmers and for consumers to sample the wide variety of foods grown in the state,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in the release.
“We want consumers to know that whether they are shopping in a supermarket or eating at a restaurant, they can always find fresh and delicious North Carolina products.”
The challenge runs from June 1 through Aug. 31. Judges will rate restaurants on their creations with the winner receiving a customized marketing package to use in its area.
Charlotte Farmers Market gets new manager
The man responsible for taking a New York farmers market from 70% occupancy to 100% is now at the helm of the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in North Carolina.
The new manager, Fred Cole, has worked in the produce industry for decades and served on the board of the National Association of Produce Markets, according to a news release from the North Carolina agriculture department.
He previously worked as the general manager of the Capital District Cooperative Inc., a farmers market in Menands, N.Y., where he brought occupancy to 100% during his tenure. At that 28-acre market he also oversaw renovations to improve food safety measures.
By staff writer Coral Beach