Fearless Foodie: Slow Food’s Pesto Festo Saturday Sept. 20

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It’s Pesto Festo time again. This year the Slow Food Tennessee Valley signature event will be held at Century Harvest Farm in Greenback, Tenn. Here’s the scoop on the meal and the associated pesto contest:

Slow Food Tennessee Valley is proud to announce our 7th annual Pesto Festo. This year’s event will be held at Century Harvest Farms (Greenback, TN) and will feature a multiple-course, locally-sourced meal by chefs Dustin Busby and Joe Bliffin of Hoof Farm Fresh Food Truck. Activities include a silent auction with great items from local businesses, farm tour, kids activities, cornhole, a pesto tasting contest, and music. Doors open at 5 p.m.

1st Course
Homemade Toast, Pate, and a Variety of Spreads
Vegetable Terrine
Marinated Vegetable Salad

2nd Course*
Marinated Potato Salad, Pickled Eggs, Duck Ham and Duck Rillette

3rd Course*
Braised Chicken, Hickory King Corn Bread, Stewed Greens and Beans

4th Course
Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Buttermilk Icing

* Vegetarian Options Available

Tickets are $45 for Slow Food members, $50 for non-members, $10 for children 5-12, and children under 5 get in free. THE MEMBER OPTION DOES NOT SHOW UP UNTIL YOU TYPE IN THE MEMBER CODE. Please email our ticket coordinator Lara Winner at lara_lope@comcast.net for the code.

We strive to limit the waste at all of our events. Please bring your own place setting. This is also a BYOB event. Please bring your own beverage.

Be on the lookout for an email from us closer to the event with more details.

All proceeds fund the work of Slow Food Tennessee Valley.

Pesto Contest Details:
Entries must be submitted by 5:30 pm.
Categories are Best Traditional, Most Creative, and People’s Choice.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
One entry per person per category.
Please bring one pint minimum of homemade pesto in a container that you do not need returned.
There is no entry fee.
Contest closes at 6:30 p.m.

Fearless Foodie: Spay-Ghetti Dinner to Benefit Young Williams


What: SPAY-ghetti Dinner to Benefit Young-Williams Animal Center
When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 4-8 p.m.
Where: The Hill (1105 Forest Ave. on the corner of Fort Sanders)
Cost: $15 for all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner that includes meat or veggie sauce, bread, and a drink. Proceeds from the SPAY-ghetti dinner are earmarked to help Young-Williams provide surgeries at low cost for World Spay Day in February 2015, aka “Op Around the Clock.”

You know me. I hear of an event, festival, flea market, family reunion, and my first question is always, “What’re you serving? Will the food be any good?” For this event, though, the cause is so good–spaying cats!–it wouldn’t matter if the food was going to be tasty. But I’m betting it will be, because the spaghetti is coming from the kitchen at The Hill. Those folks make a wicked burger, and the Metro Pulse booth was next to theirs at the Second Harvest chili cook-off last spring and trust me, they make a tasty chili too. (We make an even tastier chili, complete with sausage-hot pepper “armadillo eggs,” but as we are not the ones sponsoring this particular event, I shall leave my taunts for another day.)

So let’s all pardon the pun in the event title and go help the kitties out–it’s almost as easy as posting a really cute cat video like this one on Facebook.

Cute video: How to wrap a cat for Christmas

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