Slow Food RVA (www.SlowFoodRVa.org) is excited to announce details on their third planned (second actual, Graze on Grace was cancelled due to hurricane Sandy) graze food event. The Graze Food Series was created to provide an ongoing and roving food experience where the highlight is on Virginia chefs and the close-to-home food sources that make them true slow food advocates. This next gathering will take place at Westover Plantation on April 28, 2013 and will celebrate the bounty of early spring harvest as demonstrated in delicious signature samples from five culinary geniuses from the region. Westover Plantation will be in full bloom and gorgeous at every turn coming off of the Virginia Garden Tour the day before. Added to the gourmet small plates, Plantation tours, music, food workshops, environmental demos, garden time for kids and a mini market will also be available. Tickets are for $35/person and children under 12 are free at http://grazewestover.eventbrite.com. Participating chefs will be announced April 1, 2013.
Graze at Westvover Plantation will offer guests a rare and close-up look at the interior of this historical landmark and the opportunity to get to know its owners, the Erda family. Building meaningful connections between our past, food and the people who produce it is central to the work of Slow Food RVa. The RVa chapter is one of 225 chapters nationally that carries out Slow Food’s global mission at a community level through educational, convivial and advocacy activities for good, clean and fair food. Now into its 4th year and with a growing member and volunteer base, Slow Food RVa increasingly seeks to leverage its unique strengths and resources through collaborative efforts with community partners for system-wide change. Forthcoming initiatives will focus on school food environments, real food education, farm-to-consumer and farm-to-institution programs.
Westover is a site on numerous trails, including Civil War trails, John Smith Adventures on the James trails, and the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. Visitors can walk the expansive grounds, admire the beautiful formal gardens, and explore old outbuildings, which may be toured at the event. A National Historic Landmark located in Charles City County, and on the Register of Historic Places of Virginia, Westover invites visitors to slow down and step back in time. Come visit!