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Join us for our (very modified) Artisan Cup & Fork annual fundraiser!
3 amazing restaurants working with local farms to prepare delicious meals for you to enjoy where you like.
You are invited to join us for our 5th annual farm-to-table culinary competition and fundraising event, The Artisan Cup & Fork. This year is going to be a little bit different. We have selected three local restaurants and each will work with local producers to prepare a complete meal for our “guests.”
The meals will be picked up by guests and then enjoyed where they wish (at home, picnic-style at a park, in a parking lot). The competition will be spread out over three consecutive Thursday evenings with each restaurant preparing their meal for pick-up on one of the nights. Each restaurant will also be working with a local artisan baker for their dessert, using locally sourced ingredients, for each meal. The meals will be judged by the public as well as a panel of judges and the winner announced on October 8.
The participating menus and their locally-sourced menus are below…
NEIL ST. BLUES [301 N Neil St #106, Champaign, IL 61820]
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Soup – Vegetable Gumbo & Cornbread (Vegetarian)
Salad – Black-Eyed Pea Salad (Vegan)
Main Course – Chicken & Sausage Savannah Red Rice (topped with microgreens). Served with French Bread. (Gluten-free other than French Bread)
Optional Vegan Main Course – Seitan Savannah Red Rice (topped with microgreens). Served with French Bread.
DESSERT [by Hopscotch Bakery + Market]
Sweet Potato Gooey Butter Cake with Meringue and Candied Pecans [gluten free]
RED HERRING VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT [1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL 61801]
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Salad – Fresh & Local Mixed Greens Salads
Side – Pesto Pasta
Main Course – Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches (breaded local eggplant, cashew ‘chevre’, local arugula and/or spinach, homemade local tomato sauce, grilled onions)
WOOD N’ HOG BBQ [500 N Walnut St, Champaign, IL 61820]
OCTOBER 1, 2020 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Salad – Charred Cabbage with Goat Cheese and Cucumber
Main Course – Sticky BBQ Chicken with Sweet Southern Cornbread
DESSERT [by Heidi Leuszler]
Midwest-inspired Phyllo Pastry – a local twist on classic baklava with paw paw, plantain, apples, and hickory nuts
All proceeds benefit The Land Connection and our mission to grow the local food economy, both on and off the farm, for a healthy, resilient future.
Your local culinary experience includes:
- a full meal of each restaurant’s creations
- locally crafted sweet treats
- a delightfully satisfied appetite
- enjoying local food while supporting local restaurants and farmers (as well as The Land Connection!)