Habersham Central High School Farm to School Culinary Students cooked with Chefs Jamie Allred, Pam Headapohl, Lelise Davidson and teacher Denise Dorsey to provide a great meal and service for guest at the Chattooga Belle Farm to Table dinner.
The mission of a Farm To Table event is to bring together the community through agri-tourism, local food, local farmers and local chefs who are experts in bringing the freshest ingredients to the table in creative and unique ways. Emphasis on food freshness, seasonality, local availability and simple preparations was the theme for the dinner. Students worked with award winning chefs to prepare, cook and serve the community who had come to enjoy the unique dining experience and the farm’s breath-taking setting with 270° views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Alex Addis, Culinary student at Habersham Central, commented “It was a great experience with real world chefs. It was definitely an experience you’d want to have if you would like to be a chef”. “I enjoyed helping out and learning the ropes from the professionals at Chattooga Belle Farms. I am very thankful for the experience and meeting all the wonderful people” reflected student Sydney Doster.
“My students were awesome. They worked hard, asked questions and made Habersham County shine. This was a great real life experience for them. This was the first time that many of our students had to work the front of the house jobs. They learned a great deal. Thank you Chattooga Belle Farms for asking us to participate” said culinary teacher Denise Dorsey.
Farmers Ed and Kitty Land of Chattooga Belle Farm are part of the NEGA Farm to School program. They feel that it is a great opportunity to be a Farm to School farmer, provide healthy food to children and educate them about the benefits of locally grown food. “This year we are supplying apples from August through December to the Habersham Middle School students to enjoy” exclaims Kitty. Kitty and Ed invite everyone to visit the farm. “Our farm and facilities are open seven days a week for the people to enjoy the fruit and the beautiful views.” To find out more about Chattooga Belle Farm visit www.chattoogabellefarm.com.