BY JENNY TOTTEN, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT COORDINATOR, THE HUB
The Hub is in the final planning of what feels like a marathon for New Story 2018 and we are incredibly excited! New space, new town, fresh ideas, and hopefully new people to share and learn with all abound and we can’t wait!
This year – among the dozens of other themes – we’re featuring local food and the intersection of community + economic development, include a host of ways to mull on this topic that is such a crucial part of West Virginia’s diversification strategy in a more experiential way.
We are fortunate to have snagged chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson of Lost Creek Farm to serve a farm-to-table dinner outdoors on the historic Alderson Memorial Pedestrian Bridge on Thursday, May 31, 6pm.
Mike and Amy were recently featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown West Virginia episode because of their outstanding and unique approach to Appalachian cuisine. Mike is known for his interest in preserving traditional Appalachian dishes, and as a resident of West Virginia, for his particular interest in our state. Each of his recipes has a story behind it, and the folks who join us will hear them while eating a delicious meal.
The meal will be served outdoors on the historic Alderson Pedestrian Bridge featuring gorgeous views of the Greenbrier River, and the menu will be defined by seasonally available fresh ingredients and a strong sense of place-based pride.
This dinner is part of the Hub’s way to give back to a town that’s been a part of our programming, and a portion of the proceeds from the meal will go to Alderson’s community development efforts.
Registration is separate from New Story – you do not have to attend the conference to take part in the dinner, but we hope you will want to come to both!
More Food + More Fun at New Story
We will also have two sessions on Friday, June 1 focused on utilizing local food in your community. The first, which concentrates on utilizing local food for economic development, will share stories from the field of farmers, market growers, and towns who have placed food at the forefront of building a new economy in West Virginia. The second, which focuses on placemaking, will include presenters from farmers markets, community gardens, and others who have utilized local food as a strategy to build place in their communities.
Check out our New Story site for more on all of the happenings and to register to join us for the conference.