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Press Release – Fair Food Food Fair

October 20, 2010

From a Fair Food Matters press release….

Fifteen of the community’s finest chefs will compete for the “Golden Ladle Award,” and participants will enjoy a smorgasbord of late-harvest local food, Michigan beer and wine, musical and theatrical performances and more as Fair Food Matters presents the Fair Food Food Fair.

The event will be held Saturday, November 20, from 6-9 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (314 South Park Street, Kalamazoo).

Tickets are $35 in advance (or $40 at the door), and proceeds will benefit Fair Food Matters, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes local food throughout Southwest Michigan.

Chefs from 15 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will each prepare a unique “small plate” dish using the best late-harvest local ingredients. Scheduled to take part are: A.F.A. Gourmet (Jared Dellario); Bravo!; Bronson Food & Nutrition Service; the Eclectic Kitchen (Channon Mondoux); Crow’s Nest; Food Dance; Gorilla Gourmet (Noel Corwin); Oakwood Bistro; Park Club; People’s Food Co-op; The Strutt; Union Cabaret & Grill; Water Street Coffee Joint; Zazios; and Zooroona.

All participants will have the chance to vote for their favorite dish, and the winning chef will be presented with this year’s Golden Ladle Award.

A smorgasbord of performers will make the evening a lively affair from start to finish. Scheduled to appear are: Quintette à Vin, a mostly woodwind ensemble from Kalamazoo; improv and sketch comedy group Crawlspace Eviction; spoken word duo Kinetic Effect; vinyl mixologist DJ Jenna; and British songstress Fiona Dickinson.

Participants can bid on local art, food items, kitchen gear and more in the silent auction. A cash bar will feature Michigan-made beer and wine (soft drinks will be available as well). In addition, Fair Food Matters will present its “Locavore of the Year” award to the person or organization that has done the most for the local food movement in the past year.

Tickets are available online ( or by visiting Fair Food Matters (323 N. Burdick St., Kalamazoo) during business hours.

The Fair Food Food Fair is sponsored by Bronson Hospital. Updated information and a complete schedule of events can be found at

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