Locavore Dinner in the Garden

As June continues, the babes have been continually trying to keep our diets local. The great thing about the Eat Local Challenge is that they offer SO many events throughout the month, if you can’t make one, there’s always another great event right around the corner. Of course, we are not able to make all of the events so we have been picking and choosing those that particularly stand out to us. We did not want to miss the Locavore Dinner in the Garden. I mean what sounds more magical than eating local cuisine in a garden with fellow New Orleanians?

The Locavore Dinner in the Garden was held yesterday evening at the Growing Local NOLA Farm Site and hosted by the Recirculating Farms Coalition. The event was free to challenge participants , but as with most eat local events, even those who aren’t participating in the challenge are welcome (usually for a small fee or donation).  We invited some of our babes and headed out for a lovely evening! Chef Marianne, founder of Recirculating Farms and professional chef, prepared a delicious and fresh summer meal that included a Spicy Arugula Watermelon Salad, Shrimp and Grits, a Blueberry Compote Parfait with Sweet Cream and refreshing Strawberry Limeade.

The entire meal met the “ultra strict” level of the challenge (meaning everything used in its preparation was from no further than 200 miles away). See more on the four levels of the challenge here. Everything was wonderful— the setting, the company and of course the food! See photos of our experience below. Eat Local events will continue all month long.

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Eat Local Challenge New Orleans Dinner in the garden recirculating farms grow local nola menu chef marianne shrimp and grits watermelon salad blueberry parfait with homeade whipped cream

Eat Local Challenge New Orleans Dinner in the garden recirculating farms grow local nola watermelon goat cheese greens salad

The watermelon in the salad came from John’s fruit truck (which you may have seen before on South Carrollton Avenue) and the goat cheese from Country Girl’s Creamery in Lumberton, Miss.

Eat Local Challenge New Orleans Dinner in the garden recirculating farms grow local nola shrimp and grits ponchartrain vineyard wine

Louisiana shrimp and delicious grits from McEwen & Sons in Alabama. We brought local wine to accompany our meal from Pontchartrain Vineyards in Covington, La.

Eat Local Challenge New Orleans Dinner in the garden recirculating farms grow local nola blueberry parfaitDessert was a blueberry compote parfait with sweet cream made with blueberries from J & D Blueberry Farm in Poplarville, Miss. and cream from Kleinpeter Farms Dairy of Baton Rouge, La.

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