Want to support local farmers in Fayetteville, NC? Come out the Taste of the Carolinas!

Slow Food Fayetteville, in partnership with Cumberland Coffee Roasters and Chef Tara Dawdy is hosting a local food tasting at Cumberland Coffee Roasters on Sept. 16, from 7pm to 9pm.

The event will feature food from local farms, including pork, local veggies and more.

“Slow Food Fayetteville has a goal of serving local food,” Director Samantha Peterson said. “Our target is 90 percent local, but we actually expect it will be much higher.”

About Slow Food Fayetteville:

Slow Food Fayetteville is the Sandhills Chapter of Slow Food USA.

Slow Food is an organization devoted to providing good, clean and fair food. Slow Food Fayetteville is determined to bring this mission to Cumberland County and the surrounding area. So far, the chapter has scheduled the local food tasting, is creating a Lunch Mob to overtake local restaurants and will be organizing farm tours and more in the coming months. For more information, contact the group at [email protected]

About Cumberland Coffee Roasters:

“Cumberland Coffee Roasters is about bringing our community together around one subject we all enjoy, coffee. We aim at brightening the day of all of the people we have the opportunity to serve by showcasing the delightful taste and aroma of freshly roasted coffee in an inviting and friendly environment,” according to Juan Guadelupe of Cumberland Coffee Roasters.

About Chef Tara Dawdy:

Chef Tara is an Army veteran who moved to Dallas, Texas, to pursue cooking professionally after leaving the military. She attended Le Cordon Bleu there, and then graduated to worked in all “From Scratch” kitchens — where the restaurants created all of their food from whole ingredients.

She also volunteered with a veteran’s club in Dallas and received award for fund-raising efforts for Suicide prevention for veterans. She’s passionate about local food, and preparing all her meals “From Scratch.”

Since moving back to North Carolina, Chef Tara found it challenging to find a “From Scratch locally-sourced kitchen,” she said, so now she’s pursuing the dream of starting her own business in the Sandhills area.

Other passions include: Volunteering with local animal rescue — Mickeys Haven for Pit Bulls, restoring antique furniture, collecting antique kitchen utensils and cookbooks, old architecture and preservation and playing rugby with Bragg Women’s Rugby.

Working with Slow Food Fayetteville, she’s put together a menu that reflects the food produced in the area and that incorporates regionally-influenced flavors and traditions.

She’s including braised pork belly, ginger and more in her menu, which — along with locally roasted coffee provided by Cumberland Coffee Roasters —

“We’re thrilled to be working with her,” Peterson said. “Part of what we want to do is nurture local Chefs and restaurants, so working with someone as talented as Chef Tara is a big part of doing that. She also ‘gets it,’ in terms of exploring regional flavors and promoting local food — all within the mission of Slow Food Fayetteville.”

Interested in going to a Taste of the Carolinas?

  • Who: Slow Food Fayetteville
  • What: Taste of the Carolinas
  • When: Sept. 16, 7-9pm
  • Where: Cumberland Coffee Roasters, 3109 Main St., Hope Mills, NC
  • Why: Because you care about local, good, clean and fair food!
  • How much: $25 per person

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