Harvest Moon Grille’s Executive Chef Cassie Parsons and the Avett Brothers’ Joe Kwon Team Up to Improvise a Magical Evening of Local Foods to Benefit Farm Sustainability and Hunger Relief Organization Farmer Foodshare
Charlotte, NC – June 6, 2011 — Join Joe Kwon from the Avett Brothers Band and Chef Cassie Parsons on Monday, June 13th for an evening of “no boundaries” cooking as they team up to produce a local food fusion menu to benefit local farm sustainability and hunger relief organization Farmer Foodshare.
Joe Kwon, best known for his role as cellist for the Avett Brothers Band, will be hosting the evening and cooking up a special tasting menu using seasonal food from farms based within 60 miles of the Harvest Moon Grille at the Historic Dunhill Hotel in Uptown Charlotte.
“I’m the food fiend of the band, always on the lookout for the best local cuisine, and I enjoy sharing my love of food with others,” said Joe Kwon. “I’m excited to ‘chef for a cause’ with Cassie, as she is a fantastic chef. Farmer Foodshare is an innovative new organization that will have a big impact in Charlotte and we are thrilled to be working with them.”
“Joe and I share a passion for local foods and the improvisation and creativity required to cook with only what is in season. Harvest Moon Grille is all about bringing real food from real farmers to the Charlotte food community,” said Chef Parsons. “The Historic Dunhill Hotel and the Harvest Moon Grille are pleased to support the launch of Farmer Foodshare at Atherton Market through this fabulous evening with Joe Kwon.”
The menu for the evening will be a collaboration between Joe and Cassie utilizing the locally sourced ingredients that Harvest Moon Grille is known for and fusing the culinary traditions of each of their heritages. Joe will draw from his Korean roots and Cassie will look towards her Polish ancestry for inspiration.
“Joe and I were both so inspired by the culinary talents of our mothers growing up cooking the foods that they were raised on. We thought it would be fun to intertwine those diverse backgrounds and create a truly one of a kind dining experience” Said Chef Parsons.
The evening will raise funds for Farmer Foodshare. Harvest Moon Grill will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds and provide diners with the opportunity to donate, volunteer, or learn more about this new way to support the local food system and provide fresh food for all.
Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (704) 342-1193 or online at www.harvestmoongrillecharlotte.com.
Farmer Foodshare at Atherton Market
Farmer Foodshare at Atherton Market will raise local funds to buy top-quality fresh local food for people at risk for hunger. Atherton Market shoppers can buy food from farmers and donate it, or give cash and volunteers will buy and donate on their behalf. Farmers can also donate excess food to ensure that nothing goes to waste. Since its founding at the Carrboro Farmers” Market in May 2009, the Donation Station program has spread to eleven markets in North Carolina and raised over 20 tons of fresh food for nonprofit organizations serving the hungry in five NC counties. For more information or to volunteer at Atherton Market, contact market manager, Lynn Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
About Harvest Moon Grille at The Historic Dunhill Hotel
The Harvest Moon Grille, a farm-to-table restaurant, began in 2009 with a food cart serving “fresh food made from grateful growers” at several locations in Charlotte, N.C. The inspiration for the food cart came from Cassie Parsons and Natalie Veres, partners of Grateful Growers Farm (www.ggfarm.com), a 10-acre farm in Denver, N.C. recognized for its pork products, commitment to agricultural artistry and sustainable farming. In 2010, the Historic Dunhill Hotel embraced the Harvest Moon”s Grille”s reputation for creative, fresh food and hired Cassie Parsons as its executive chef. The hotel”s existing dining room was renovated and re-opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its frequently changing menu is pork-centric, but features dishes to please every palate including gluten-free and vegetarian options.
About Atherton Market
The Atherton Market is a lively mix of farmers, prepared food vendors, and artisans offering the best local products in the Charlotte region. Located in the former Charlotte Trolley Barn in the Historic South End (2104 South Blvd.), Atherton Market strives to become a one-stop shopping experience, and a gathering place for Charlotte”s diverse Uptown communities and surrounding neighborhoods. Open on Tuesdays from 3-7 pm, Wednesdays 9 am – 1 pm and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Atherton Market will soon add additional market days as well as a growing calendar of special events and programming.
About Farmer Foodshare
Farmer Foodshare provides fresh locally grown food to people at risk for hunger, while also supporting farmers and enhancing community economic development. We work with community partners to build an inclusive, economically viable and socially just local food system in North Carolina. To donate, volunteer or for information on how to start a program in your community, please contact Margaret Gifford or visit www.farmerfoodshare.org. To donate online, visit: theabundancefoundation.org/fiscal-sponsorship/farmer-foodshare.