Made For Each Other - Alliance Brings Farmers And Chefs Together

Friday, July 1, 2016

One wears work-worn boots and talks about inputs, hoop houses, conditions and seasons. The other wears clogs and speaks of table numbers, cooler size, versatility and price points. Both are particular, passionate and proud of what they do, and both talk incessantly about the same thing—the food they care about.  

Farmers who grow it and chefs who prepare it have a lot in common. But there is often a problem of proximity. You cannot fall in love with someone you never meet. And in the food and farming worlds, cultural and language barriers may exist. Even the math is tricky. If a farmer has three bushels of green beans, it can be tough to know if that will feed 300 hungry diners.

Enter Pick Tennessee, matchmaker to Tennessee’s food growers and food eaters for 30 years.  The Pick Tennessee Farm and Restaurant Alliance recently launched to connect chefs and farmers and increase opportunities for customers who desire local, artisan-quality ingredients when eating out.

This idea was planted last year at workshops held across Tennessee. Area farmers and food service experts met, discussed their needs and challenges, made professional connections and then took educational materials back to kitchens and farms. 

Using the free Pick Tennessee mobile app, consumers can now easily locate nearby restaurants committed to serving locally-sourced foods. The mobile app continues to offer the popular features people already know and enjoy, including listings of local farms, farmers markets, products and activities, along with the mapping capability to get there. 

Lonely farmers and chefs still seeking a local connection can go to www.picktnproducts.org and click on “About Us” to find an application. Interested eaters should check out the restaurants near them with the Pick Tennessee mobile app and follow Pick Tennessee on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.



Dunkin' Donuts Removes Artificial Dyes From Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off 2018 with news declaring donuts now sold at restaurants nationwide are no longer being made using colors from artificial sources. As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to offer guests great-tasting, high-quality products and cleaner menu labels, Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, previously pledged ... (click for more)

Chick-fil-A To Officially Break Ground For East Ridge Restaurant

Chick-fil-A’s Tennessee expansion continues with a groundbreaking event soon at the site of its new East Ridge restaurant, the second of six locations the chain expects to open in Tennessee this year. It will be near the Bass Pro Shop. Chick-fil-A representatives will join community leaders at the site of the chain’s East Ridge location at  639 Camp Jordan Parkway at Jordan ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy In Officer-Involved Shooting At Lakesite

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in an officer involved shooting in the Lakesite area on Friday morning.   Authorities said it happened around 9:35 a.m. near the 1900 block of Wilkes Avenue.   Deputies were called on "an unwanted party."   There was a confrontation with deputies and a man at the mobile home was shot.   ... (click for more)

EPB Video As Percentage Of Fiber Customers Going Down, But That's Fine With Management

With more and more video customers turning to streaming options, EPB's video is dropping as a percentage of overall fiber customers. But that's fine with EPB management, knowing that all that video streaming needs a wide fiber pipeline to go through. EPB is positioned with the best "gig" service. Greg Eaves, chief financial officer, said 65 percent of EPB fiber customers now ... (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

It is said that a 15-year-old in Minnesota, where just like the rest of the United States prayer in schools is prohibited, was tasked with writing an essay. He turned in his paper and, as it was returned with an A-plus, it is only fitting that something this clever should begin this week’s edition of The  Saturday  Funnies. Those who enjoy the Funnies understand that ... (click for more)