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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Check Out the Toyota Farm to Table Tour at the Red Stick Farmers Market


Toyota Farm to Table Tour Arrives at Baton Rouge

Red Stick Farmers Market August 28
Local Chefs and Farmers Team up to Create Tastings That Celebrate the Bounty of Locally Grown Food

NOTE: This is one of those really cool events that I'm promoting because I'm actually going! I hope to see you there!!!

The Toyota Farm to Table Tour is making its way around the country on this year’s summer tour and will hold the final event at The Red Stick Farmers Market on Saturday August 28, to help showcase the thriving Baton Rouge culinary scene and celebrate the connection between farmers markets and the communities they serve.

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Nine of the area’s top chefs will be paired with market farmers to highlight the best of the market’s fresh local produce and products. The chefs will prepare complimentary tastings using their partner farm’s locally grown items for visitors to sample.

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In addition to complimentary tastings, visitors will have the opportunity to receive complimentary potted culinary herbs as well as enter for a chance to win a culinary trip to Santa Barbara. Market visitors will also have the chance to take a ride in a 2010 Prius, Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, or Highlander Hybrid and take home a John Boos cutting board as a memento of the experience.
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WHAT: Nine of the area’s celebrated chefs will create complimentary samplings for farmers market visitors using fresh local produce to highlight the amazing food available at the Red Stick Farmers Market.

WHO – LOCAL CHEFS:        Terry McDonner of Juban’s
                                        Don Bergeron of Don Bergeron Enterprises
                                        Jaime Hernandez of The Bluffs Country Club
                                        Peter Sclafani of Ruffino’s Restaurant
                                        Eric Arceneaux of City Club
                                        Frederick H. Nonato of Tsunami Sushi
                                        Chris Motto of Mansurs on the Boulevard
                                        Ross Headlee & Johnathan Metellus of Louisiana Culinary Institute
                                        Jim Urdiales of Mestizo Restaurant

WHERE:   Red Stick Farmers Market, 501 Main St. Baton Rouge, LA
WHEN:    Saturday, August 28, 2010 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

CHEF/FARMER PAIRINGS SCHEDULE (pairings subject to change):

TENT 1: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Terry McDonner + TBD
             9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Eric Arceneaux + TBD
            10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Don Bergernon + Papa Tom Bonnecaze Farm

TENT 2: 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Peter Sclafani + Glaser Produce Farm
             9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Jim Urdiales + Fekete Farm
            10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Fredrick H. Nonato + Chenier Farm

TENT 3: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Jaime Hernandez + Papa Tom Bonnecaze Farm, Amato Louisiana Native Winery, and Smith Creamery
             10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Chris Motto + Bocage Bee Company
             11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ross Headlee & Johnathan Metellus + Bocage Bee Company, Lance Nacio, Ann Marie
Seafood and Plantation Pecan


To learn more about the Tour, visit www.farmtotabletour.com.

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About the Red Stick Farmers Market
The Red Stick Farmers Market, produced by the Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance (BREADA), first opened in 1996 in order to create a link between locally owned family farms and food businesses in the Baton Rouge area. The Red Stick Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. - noon but with a growing demand for local foods, BREADA operates two additional Mid Week Markets on both Tuesday and Thursdays in outlying areas of Baton Rouge. BREADA works with communities across Louisiana through the Buy Fresh-Buy Local campaign to involve consumers in the revitalization of the local food system.  
For more about the Red Stick Farmers Market and BREADA, visit www.redstickfarmersmarket.org.

About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., INC.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution, and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus, and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion dealers which sold more than 1.77 million vehicles in 2009.  Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion.
                               
For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.comwww.lexus.comwww.scion.com, or www.toyotanewsroom.com.

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