Terra Vita 2010 | Food
Food
INDY Week's food blog

Archives | RSS

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Terra Vita 2010

Posted by on Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Shrimp Pirogis anyone? Fluffy Biscuits Stuffed with Shredded Short Rib Meat, drizzled in full cream horseradish sauce? How about Sliced Smoked Venison on Brioche Topped with Red Onion Cherry Marmalade? Oh, and don't forget the gingered sausage wrapped in collard leaves as in Mediterranean stuffed grape leaves, served with a sauce of butternut squash yogurt. Or, the goat cheese soufflés on a bed of baby greens adorned with golden and Chioggia beets. The list goes on.

TerraVitaBlog1.jpg
  • All images courtesy of Jim White; NCArtists.Com
TerraVitaBlog2.jpg


I happen to sit next to a couple from Holden Beach who'd driven up to Chapel Hill for the weekend to attend TerraVITA, the first full scale food festival celebrating North Carolina restaurants dedicated to locally sourced and sustainable products. The Terra VITA 2010 Grand Tasting on the Green, held in Southern Village's market square was the first ever of its kind in the Southeast, and reminded me of wine and food expos in New York or L.A., only much smaller and more intimate. The gathering had the feel of a wedding reception—skirted tables, the live bluegrass of Big Al and The Marching Rams, beautiful weather and conviviality and of course the lively, tasty food and drink. Indeed I ran into old and new friends there, and people came in groups to share the experience. Filling the tasting tent were more than two dozen restaurants represented by their chefs who are committed to farm-fresh and locally grown ingredients plus eighty sustainable beverage producers offering biodynamic, natural, or organic beer, wine, coffee and tea.

TerraVitaBlog3.jpg
TerraVitaBlog4.jpg


As if all this abundance wasn't enough, the event was primarily a fundraiser for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and TABLE, an organization of college students and community volunteers dedicated to getting meals to locally hungry children. In addition to this worthy cause, TerraVITA, not unlike the Farm to Fork Picnic each May (which pairs a local farmer and a chef to inspire and set the example for us locavores), was designed to make guests aware and involved in the ever-evolving North Carolina food scene, and to make real, tangible and tasty the connection between excellent food and sustainable sourcing.

TerraVitaBlog5.jpg
TerraVitaBlog6.jpg

Tags: , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Food



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Find out how to promote your fishery business: case study of fishery creation - new article of Cleveroad company. If …

by Yulia Ye on N.C. Fishers Face a Policy Battle Today That Will Affect Our Local Seafood Options (Food)

Great, friendly place where you can relax and talk to all kinds of folks that come in. Try it, you …

by Joe Sadler on Raleigh's New The Blind BARbour Opens Friday Night (Food)

I noticed a couple of stores in Raleigh still sell the Golden Ale. Can you tell me all the stores …

by Jimesha on Bye Bye, Triangle Brewing Company, Which Is Closing Its Doors After Nearly a Decade (Food)

Hey ZZ, stop trolling. Allie wasn't commissioned for this pic -- she was eating lunch at this restaurant & took …

by Charlie Reece on Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee (Food)

Sounds great....but the picture here by Allie Mullin, WTH?!?!!?
Why is the empty spot on the plate facing forward? …

by ZZ on Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee (Food)

Comments

Find out how to promote your fishery business: case study of fishery creation - new article of Cleveroad company. If …

by Yulia Ye on N.C. Fishers Face a Policy Battle Today That Will Affect Our Local Seafood Options (Food)

Great, friendly place where you can relax and talk to all kinds of folks that come in. Try it, you …

by Joe Sadler on Raleigh's New The Blind BARbour Opens Friday Night (Food)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2017 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation