Arlington County Celebrates Local Foods with Local Chefs

September 15, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Article Print This Post Print This Post

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Dine out and experience local foods made by local chefs. So, Arlington County really isn’t the produce capital of the world. But, we do benefit from being surrounded by counties that do grow a large variety of vegetables and fruits that we can easily get our hands on.

To celebrate, Arlington is sponsoring a “Farm to Table” month packed with events and dining experiences.  More information can be found on the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The schedule of events is as follows:

This event is sponsored by Arlington County, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Clarendon Alliance, Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership, Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, Crystal City Business Improvement District, Rosslyn Business Improvement District, and Slow Food DC.

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I just returned from the opening event at the Clarendon Whole Foods in Arlington. What a great idea to start the celebration there. Folks coming in to do their weekly shopping were treated to samples from local food producers, music and more. It was a great marketing move as they handed out flyers to the events scheduled for the rest of the month.

I had the opportunity to sample foods from the local restaurant Toscana Grill and products from the Virginia, DC and Maryland region from Pineapple Gourmet, Cava Mezze, Moorenko’s Kitchen and Montebello Kitchens. There was also a local winery and beer maker. Meanwhile, the sounds of live blues wafted through the store from a gentleman with a guitar sitting in the second floor alcove.

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