FARMing for Funds

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Article Published: Mar. 1, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 7, 2012
FARMing for Funds

From left, Crave’s Jessica Grogan, Tondra MacLeod and Marla Stern will host a benefit dinner for FARM Café March 7.

Photo by Amanda Lugenbell



Crave Restaurant and FARM (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café will sponsor a three-course benefit dinner Wednesday, March 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The fundraiser dinner, prepared by Crave’s chefs in conjunction with FARM Café’s Renee Boughman, will be held at Crave Tapas and Martini Bar at 203 Boone Heights Drive in Boone.

The first part of the evening will feature light hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 7 p.m., during which those attending will have the opportunity to mingle and talk to FARM Café board members.

The second course of the night will include a choice of braised chicken with red wine sauce, prepared by Crave’s chefs, or sausage and sweet potato pirlau (served with or without mahi), prepared by Boughman, FARM Café’s president and head chef, who is known for her work at The Best Cellar Restaurant and Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Spa.

For those seeking vegetarian fare, Boughman will prepare sweet potato pirlau. Dessert will feature Crave’s cupcake pairs, and drink specials will be offered after the meal.

At the event, those attending will also have the chance to learn more about the current hunger crisis and its effects on the High Country. Boughman will also speak about FARM Cafe and what to expect as the team prepares for the restaurant’s grand opening in April.

The ticket price is $20 per person (not including tax and gratuity,) with all proceeds benefiting FARM Café. To make a reservation, call Crave at (828) 355-9717.

FARM Café is a nonprofit organization located in Boone, opening a pay-what-you-can community café by the same name in the former location of Boone Drug’s downtown fountain.

According to organizers, FARM Café will provide quality meals produced from local sources whenever possible, served in a restaurant where everybody eats regardless of means.

The organization is part of a national movement called One World Everybody Eats, a successful business concept designed to help relieve hunger at the local level. The model gives diners the opportunity to make a donation for their meal based on a suggested price menu or volunteer at the restaurant in exchange for their meal. FARM Café is located at Boone Drug Downtown, across from Mast General Store on King Street. The café will open in April on the diner side of Boone Drug.

For more information about the benefit dinner, contact Rachel Sain at (sainra@appstate.edu) or (828) 817-2769.

To learn more about FARM Café, visit http://www.farmcafe.org.

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