What happens when local farmers and some of the Midlands’ best chefs join forces? A competition is born in which those eating are all winners, and so are those farmers affected by the October 2015 floods.
The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation will host the ninth annual Palmetto Palate July 21 at 701 Whaley. Guests will have a chance to taste offerings from all the chefs and vote for their favorites. The chef gathering the most votes will take home the coveted People’s Choice award for top chef.
Organizers met with chefs and collected lists of ingredients, then found local farmers to supply it all. The event will also include a silent auction, with items donated from all over the state.
This year’s proceeds will benefit the Plant it Forward SC initiative, a nonprofit devoted to helping farmers recover from the floods, which caused crop losses estimated at more than $300 million, with only a small portion covered by insurance. As explained on the organization’s website, “As those in the agricultural industry are well aware, when farmers take a loss on one season, it has a ripple effect. In addition to simply providing an income, farmers count on a successful crop to cover that year’s loan payments, as well as seed costs for the next season. The devastating results of this catastrophic, unprecedented rain damage will not evaporate quickly.”
Tickets for Palmetto Palate include all the food you can eat and an open bar, and are now available online.
Additionally, Midlands Anchor will be raffling TWO FREE TICKETS ($100 value) to this event eligible to all who subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter between July 13th and midnight, July 19th. Winner will be notified July 20th at 8am by email and must accept the tickets by 6:00pm or a new drawing will take place. Tickets will be available at Will Call the day of the event.