By Rob Wetterholt Jr. on June 26, 2014 for mLive
KALAMAZOO, MI – Organic white quinoa, Green Garden swiss chard, Mattawan Artisan Creamery feta, charred strawberries and extra virgin olive oil.
These are the ingredients that went into a dish prepared by Ryan Soule, chef and owner of Oakwood Bistro. He was one of seven local chefs who served roughly 150 people at the Long Table Dinner, a fundraiser held at the Kalamazoo Farmer's Market on Thursday night. The event was hosted by Fair Food Matters in an effort to improve access to healthy local food.
"We're a non-profit and our mission is to improve access to healthy, local food," Barajas said. "This is a fundraiser to raise money to keep our programs in the community going. Every dish features local product."
Kalamazoo Farmer's Market manager Chris Broadbent said that, in addition to raising money, the fundraiser served as a way to connect members of the community to those that produce and prepare the food that is eaten.
"Farmers and community members are sitting together at the same table side by side, all in support of a great cause," he said. "We're trying to connect people to the producers of their food."