Local Food Hub hosts many events throughout the year, ranging from farm to table dinners and concerts to grower-driven workshops. We also promote events hosted by our partners and friends. If you would like to add an event to our listing, please email Laura Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us celebrate our 5th birthday! Join us for a communal dinner at beautiful Verulam Farm, located on 500 pristine acres in the heart of Virginia wine country overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Despite its rural setting, the estate is easily accessed from all points in Albemarle County.
The seasonal, local, five-course menu has been designed by chef Melissa Close-Hart of Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards. Chef Melissa is one of the world’s most creative and fluent professionals in Italian cuisine. Through a masterful command of technique, she will create a unique culinary experience sure to showcase Virginia’s finest offerings.
Tables are on pre-sale through August 29. Corporate Sponsorship tables are $10,000 for 8 tickets and Patron Sponsorship tables are $5,000 for 8 tickets. Individual tickets will be available beginning August 30. To reserve your table or tickets, please contact Terri Di Cinto at email@example.com or 434-244-0625.
Local Food Hub Events
Heirloom Tomato Dinner with The Market at Grelen
Wednesday, August 20, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
15091 Yager Road
Somerset, VA 22972
Local Food Hub and The Market at Grelen are excited to announce their first collaboration! Together, we are creating a series of small farm to table dinners that feature and celebrate Virginia’s local produce, meat and cheese. Our first dinner is scheduled for August, and celebrated Chef Paul Deigl, of Real Food Catering, will be preparing a wonderful four-course “heirloom tomato dinner.” Local wine pairings for each course will be included.
Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. but guests are encouraged to arrive at 6:00 p.m. to meet and greet with the tomato farmers, Local Food Hub representatives, and the owners of Grelen Nursery, Inc. & The Market at Grelen. Space is limited so please sign up early. A detailed menu with wine pairings will be shared closer to the date of the event. Cost is $125 per person and a portion of the profits will be donated to Local Food Hub. The event will occur outdoors unless there is inclement weather, which will move the dinner into The Market at Grelen greenhouse. Visit The Market at Grelen’s website here to register.
Albemarle County Main Street Agriculture Celebration
Friday, September 19, dinner time
Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall
Local Food Hub is teaming up with the Albemarle County Farm Bureau Federation during its weekend-long “Albemarle County Main Street Agriculture” event this September. On Friday, September 19, downtown mall restaurants will offer a special local dish featuring Local Food Hub Products and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program. This program teaches Virginia’s children about the importance of agriculture, and creates a stronger connection by students to their food and how it is grown. A list of participating restaurants and featured menu items is coming soon. Plan for a night of delicious local food with family and friends!
Local Food Hub Workshops
We routinely host workshops that are open to the public. For a list of previous workshops, visit our Workshop page here.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training
September, date and location TBD
Hosted by Local Food Hub and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Details coming soon.
Tractor and Implement Maintenance and Safety
October, date and location TBD
Details coming soon.
Local Food Hub Partner Events
Bellair Farm Workshop Series: Cheesemaking Fresh Lactic Cheeses
Saturday, July 26, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
5375 Bellair Farm
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Make your own cheese at home! Join Kyle Kilduff, of Twenty Paces, to learn what makes Fromage Frais and Chèvre so unique. John will discuss the history of these cheeses and processing techniques, as well as the differences in using cow, sheep and goat milk in cheese. Finally, John will walk the group through the methods and tools needed to make cheese at home! This workshop will be fun for both grown-ups and kids as we do tastings, kid’s crafts, and meet the Twenty Paces dairy heard in the milking parlor right here at Bellair.
Slow Food Ark of Taste Cooking
Saturday, August 23, 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy the historic taste of “Summer on the Chesapeake” with Chef Mark Haskell as he prepares dishes using regional ingredients and those pushed north from the Carolinas and the Gulf Stream. Savor flavors of crab, shrimp, corn, okra, tomatoes and our legacy Fish Chiles which spawned the classic Baltimore fish broths & stews of the 1800′s. Enjoy some of the best summer foods anywhere and great stories of our African, European & Native American roots. More info and sign up here. Hosted by the Piedmont Environmental Council and Slow Food DC.