SustainFloyd’s Dine for a Cause to feature local soups Sunday, Dec. 9
SustainFloyd invites the community to sample the favorite soups of six local restaurants for a “Souper Supper” at its Dine for a Cause with Anthony Flaccavento on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Floyd Country Store.
The topic of Flaccavento’s talk will be “Healthy Local Economies as a Stepping Stone to Real Prosperity: How SustainFloyd Can Help Lead the Way.” Flaccavento is a family farmer, community leader and small-business owner who most recently was a candidate for the 9th District Congressional seat, which represents Floyd County and much of Southwest Virginia. He has worked on community environmental and economic development in central Appalachia for the past 25 years. In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, which has since become a national leader in rural community economic development. He has also started or helped start a number of farming, business and community programs over the past 20 years.
“Today, Appalachian communities like Floyd have an incredible opportunity to build rural wealth, create asset-based development and become truly resilient. I’m convinced that this approach will not only create jobs in Floyd County and Southwest Virginia, but will become the cornerstone of national prosperity and enable us to finally get beyond the false choice of ‘jobs versus the environment,’” said Flaccavento.
As part of the program, SustainFloyd will report to the community on its current projects and future initiatives and how they fit into its mission of local development while preserving Floyd’s natural and cultural heritage and way of life.
The soup menu, perfect for a winter’s evening, will include:
- Oddfella’s: Seafood Chowder. A hearty, savory stalwart on the menu and a huge fan favorite.
- Mickey G’s: Italian Wedding Soup. A filling, traditional Italian comfort food not on the regular menu but often requested and savored.
- Dogtown Roadhouse: Curried Roasted Butternut Squash. Chef Scott adds special touches to this vegan/vegetarian workhorse.
- Local Roots Cafe (Roanoke): Autumn Sweet Potato. Our lowlander friends use local Beauregard sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, butter, cream, topped with a squiggle of sorghum molasses. Yum!
- Floyd Country Store: Black Bean (vegan/vegetarian). The Store brings its own homemade flair to this classic fall soup.
- Natasha’s Market Cafe: Borscht. Natasha’s Grandma ‘s traditional beet soup recipe: all local, all good.
Soup needs good bread. Grateful Bread will be providing its famous jalepeno-cheddar bread and whole wheat almond and cranberry bread. Well-loved sourdough favorites from Sweetwater Bakery will be on hand, as well. For those avoiding wheat or just liking a different style, Mary’s Bread Basket serves her luscious spelt bread baked in Copper Hill. Homemade desserts from the SustainFloyd board and volunteers will complete the menu.
Local small businesses will offer libations for the evening. Foggy Ridge Cider, Villa Appalachia and Chateau Morrisette wines will act as fine pairings for dinner. Sweet Providence Farm fresh-pressed apple cider will also be available.
As a special treat for coffee lovers, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster of Floyd will offer “pour over” style where hot water is hand-poured over their fresh-roasted, organic coffee. This process will bring out the pure essence and subtle notes and accents of this top-quality brew.
All proceeds will aid SustainFloyd’s mission. The dinner will cost $15 ($10 for SustainFloyd members). A combination dinner and SustainFloyd membership can be purchased for $40. A limited number of premium tables for four (including dinner) are available for $150. Tickets are available at the Floyd Country Store or at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 745-7333 and leaving a message or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Floyd Country Store is located at 206 S. Locust St.
– Submitted by Mike Burton, Director, SustainFloyd
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