In this blog entry, you will find information about a benefit event at Parkway Brewing Company this Sunday; an open house at Bread Craft on Saturday, June 29; the new season of Chef’s Circle at the Salem Farmers market, which starts this Saturday; and a call for Master Food Volunteers from the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Read on for details.
* This Sunday (June 23), Bruno’s Gastrotruck and Parkway Brewing Company are partnering in an event to raise funds for Project Starfish, a nonprofit group of medical professionals who travel to Haiti to provide healthcare for folks in need. Bruno’s will be selling its excellent food (they just made the list of 101 Best Food Trucks in America on The Daily Meal website) and you can wash it down with Parkway’s increasingly popular microbrews.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Project Starfish. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. at Parkway Brewing Company, 739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem. Call (540) 314-8234 for more information.
* Bread Craft in downtown Roanoke is holding an open house on Saturday, June 29 at 3 p.m. as part of an international bakery open house day with the Bread Bakers Guild of America. This is the third annual open house the non-profit guild has coordinated with participating bakeries.
Bread Craft’s open house will feature a tour of the bakery, a demonstration by baker Rebecca Yarwood, tastings, a talk about the history of artisan bread by Bread Craft owner Alex Eliades, and a talk about the science of bread making by John Cooper, director of research and development for Maple Leaf Bakery in Roanoke.
This event is free but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED because only so many people can fit inside the bakery. To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org
* This year’s season of Chef’s Circle cooking demonstrations at the Salem Farmers Market will kick off this Saturday, June 22, with Chef Jim Zeisler, director of the culinary program at Virginia Western Community College. This is an (almost) weekly event throughout the summer that features local chefs and personalities making tasty dishes in a mobile kitchen in front of a live audience. It’s free and it’s a lot of fun!
The entire schedule for this year’s Chef’s Circle is below. You may recognize some of these names (but I don’t know who that strange lady is with Sandra Krebs on July 27).
June 22: Jim Zeisler, VWCC
June 29: Steve Alls, Kroger
July 13: Michele Carder, Friendship Manor
July 20: Nathaniel Sloan, Local Roots
July 27: Sandra Krebs, Hotel Roanoke with Lindsey Nair, Roanoke Times
August 3: Matt Phillips & Bob Prophet, Roanoke College
August 10: Jeff Bland, USFoods
August 17: Mark Baldwin, Blue Ridge Catering
* The Virginia Cooperative Extension is looking for people who might be interested in becoming Central Virginia Master Food Volunteers. The ideal candidate is someone who loves to cook, wants to learn more about nutrition and wellness, has time to volunteer and enjoys doing so. Like the Master Gardener Program, the Master Food Volunteer Program is meant to help provide members of the public with helpful information.
It helps if you already know a lot about food and nutrition, but you don’t have to be an expert. There will be four training sessions for prospective volunteers that will take place September 17, 19, 24 and 26 at the Bedford County Administration Building. The cost of the volunteer classes is $75, which includes training materials, supplies, an apron and lunches. The application deadline is August 23, 2013.
To acquire an application packet or receive more information on the training, go to this website or contact Susan P. Prillaman at (540) 586-7675 or by email at email@example.com. For more information on the State Master Food Volunteer initiative, click here.