Saturday, September 22, 2007

Local Night Out

Local Night Out is another big effort on the part of REAP - a whole list of local restaurants agree to have at least a few dishes on the menu that are created from local foods. I don't think I can go this year - I have a Willy St. BoD meeting that night. But we will get dinner at it, and that dinner will almost surely have a local foods component, and Willy St. itself is a local food business, and a REAP partner.

Here's the press release:

Enjoy a meal at one of our Buy Fresh Buy Local Partner Restaurants in celebration of local foods, local farmers and local chefs Thursday September 27th.



From pizza with the kids to an exquisite meal celebrating a special occasion, treat yourself to a night of local foods at restaurants across Dane County during REAP's third annual Local Night Out.

This year's Local Night Out launches the next phase of Buy Fresh Buy Local Southern Wisconsin. Buy Fresh Buy Local Partners are a diverse group of restaurants and cafes from casual to ethnic to upscale, each committed to expanding their local purchasing from area farmers.

"We'll have great burgers made with beef from Fountain Prairie Farm for Local Night Out," said Chef Bill Horzuesky of Bluephies. "We are excited to introduce customers to Fountain Prairie and our other farmer partners." Long-time supporters of the local food concept, L'Etoile is keeping things fresh with a prix fixe tasting menu for $35 on Local Night Out. "We wanted to do something special for Local Night Out and encourage diners to give us a try" says Chef Tory Miller of L'Etoile.

This season's new partners will have their first opportunity to introduce diners to the program as they serve up the freshest meals in town, all in celebration of Wisconsin farmers. In the pilot phase, Buy Fresh Buy Local worked with select Madison restaurants and retailers this summer to develop their commitment to buying locally and telling stories of the farms they work with to their customers. Developing networking tools, events and marketing resources, the Buy Fresh Buy Local program will continue to foster strong farmer-chef relationships this fall as the program opens up to a broader range of establishments.

Local Night Out is an evening for Buy Fresh Buy Local Partner restaurants to shine-really showing off what they can do with fresh local ingredients.

And it's our night to say loud and clear with our dining dollars, that we appreciate their efforts to support local farms!

Participating Local Night Out restaurants this year are:

Visit our web site for delicious details of what each restaurant is planning.

Afterwards, send us an email and let us know where you went and how it was.

Buy Fresh Buy Local Southern Wisconsin is a program of REAP (Research, Education, Action and Policy) Food Group, as part of their efforts to promote a more just, sustainable and healthy food system.

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