Dueling Local Producers, Causes Tonight



September already, and there was so much you meant to do. Like attend the film screening and dinner night with A Place at the Table, the Good Food for Good People/Martha Stamps consortium of food, fellowship and learning at West End United Methodist Church.

Dinner is a vegetable extravaganza of delicata squash stuffed with quinoa and chevre; field peas; roasted tomatoes; wilted greens with garlic; and brown sugar poundcake with muscadine preserves, all just like granny would have made if she'd had quinoa.

This week's film is The Garden, the story of a vast and lush 14-acre community garden created in Los Angeles after the 1994 riots, mostly by immigrants, then sold out from under the community to a developer for less than market value and bulldozed despite protest.

Farm market starts at 5 p.m. on the church lawn. Dinner is at 6 and film at 6:30. Make a reservation by calling 321-8500.

Wednesday is also the third and final Local Night Fair at Whole Foods Market in Green Hills, so get on out there and meet the people who grow, bake, craft and ferment your food. It's an excellent lineup of all the vendors you love, or meant to try. Bathtub Gin, Walnut Hills beef, Ousley Ouch salsa and Raw Food Warriors — you've read about them here on Bites and now you can visit them all in one place. Adelia Bakery and Green Door Gourmet are new to me but pretty excited to meet them. The vendors go beyond food to include jewelers Simon & Ruby, vegan soaps from Music City Suds and all-natural vegan pet food from Spoil Me S'Mo.

Hours are 6-9 p.m. and the fair takes place along the sidewalks in front of Whole Foods and Whole Body. Giving Grill will be operating — order a veggie burger or meatful burger, chips and drink for $5 and the money goes to Second Harvest, which uses it to raise awareness of hunger issues. First 50 people to buy get a freebie local product!

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