CHESTERTOWN, MD—If you think cold weather means you have to wait a few months for fresh local food, think again. On Sunday, January 29, four local producers will showcase their beef at the second annual “Andy’s Burger Night” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Unity Nursery on Rt. 213 near Church Hill. The event, created to showcase locally produced food items, is inspired by the Burger Nights that were so popular at Andy's, the beloved tavern that operated on High Street for two decades.
Sassafras River Beef, Cedar Run Farm, St. Brigid’s Farm and Crow Farm will each bring something different to the tasting table. Two of Chestertown’s favorite chefs, Robbie Jester and Kevin McKinney, will cook up sliders on the grill and serve them with Eve’s Cheese, Lockbriar Farm apples and cider, bread from Against the Grain bakery, salad from Chesapeake Greens, and vegetables from Priapi Gardens, Colchester and Homestead Farms. Andy’s Spinach and Sweet Potato salad and Cindy’s chili will round out the menu.
“People will be amazed at how much food is available locally even in the dead of winter,” says Tara Holste, program manager at Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society, which is organizing and sponsoring the event.
The growers will be on hand to talk about their farms and products. Beer and wine will be for sale from 16 Mile Brewery and Cassinelli Winery. In addition, a group of local musicians will perform open-mic style throughout the event. In the spirit of being eco-friendly, diners are asked to bring their own plates, utensils, and cloth napkins.
Tickets, priced at $15 each (children under 12 free) and $25 per couple, are available at Unity Nursery or online at http://andys-ctown.com. (Space is limited. If advance reservations sell out, there will be no tickets available at the door.) All proceeds will benefit the Locavore Lit Fest, which returns to Chestertown March 29 through April 1, 2012.