Eat by the rhythm of the farm

When Joe Yonan, the food and travel editor of The Washington Post, tells you to eat your veggies, you better grab a fork. Author of Eat Your Vegetables, he’s a two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. Yonan focuses on vegetarian cooking, but his writing is just as applicable to those with a few extra mouths to feed — and anyone with a passion for food and farming.

Yonan will present a book signing and cooking demo on farm-fresh food at Dough on Sunday, Oct. 6.

The event is a true collaboration between food lovers and agriculture enthusiasts. Scott Paquin of Firefly Farm will bring seasonal produce from his small-scale farm in Yancey County, where he and Elizabeth Gibbs grow vegetables, fruits and grass-fed beef. Brian Ross, chef and owner of Dough, will add his expertise too. Part of the proceeds will be donated to GO Kitchen Ready, a Green Opportunities program that provides food-service training program for low-income individuals.

The event is part of a project called Farmer and Chef South, which encourages collaboration between growers and professional cooks. It is the brainchild of nationally published cookbook author Debby Maugans and Christine Sykes Lowe, the Asheville-based owner of T3 Creative Group. Their larger vision is to capture the excitement of the region’s local food economy.

“Christine and I are excited to bring Joe Yonan into Asheville to promote his new book. His philosophy of cooking and eating is like ours — that is, we eat by the rhythm of the farm. We endeavor to support farms and the educational efforts that feed our communities and enable people to eat well,” says Maugans.

The pair are hard at work on a Farmer and Chef South cookbook and website (slated for 2014) that will spread the word about food events. The website will also share seasonal recipes and help the public learn about local food and family farms. The plan is to bring Southern chefs and writers to Asheville on a regular basis and pair them up with Western North Carolina farmers for cooking demonstrations and other events.

Yonan’s book-signing and cooking demo will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Dough (372 Merrimon Ave.).Tickets are $35 and available at doughasheville.com.

Find out more about Farmer and Chef South at farmerandchefsouth.com.

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