Chatham News

Chatham hosts city’s first Local Food Showcase: a Grower/Buyer Event

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 3, 2010

(January 21, 2010) … Penn State Extension, Chatham University, and Allegheny County and are proud to announce the first annual “Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event”. This event brings together Western Pennsylvania farmers, value added producers, food industry purchasers, and consumers. The event will be held on March 11, 2010 from 1-4 pm at Chatham University in the Mellon Board Room.

This first-of-its-kind event for Pittsburgh offers local sources of fresh and processed foods for retail, restaurant, CSA (community supported agriculture), wholesale, farm markets, and home use. The goal of the “Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event” is to foster economic development through business relationships between farmers and chefs, retailers, wholesalers, institutions, for the upcoming 2010 growing season and beyond. It is part of a larger effort to strengthen the local food infrastructure in Western Pennsylvania.

The Showcase features a trade show format to foster networking. These local food producers will display their products and seasonal availability to potential customers. In addition, there will be demonstrations, tastings and educational information on local farms, biofuels, composting and gardening.

Pennsylvania agriculture yields an amazing variety of food. The full spectrum of locally produced foods will be represented including fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauces and salsas.

This year Chatham launched its new Master of Arts in Food Studies, one of the few graduate food studies programs in the U.S and the only one to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment. The Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham University is unique in its emphasis on a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table.

Graduates gain analytical and experiential knowledge of global and local food systems. Academic courses provide a critical framework, emphasizing the ways people relate to food within a cultural and historical context. Food Studies is the interdisciplinary domain that includes agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption. Students will study how food, from farm to table to compost, shapes people and the global environment. The curriculum connects real world problems with ethics, theory, history, communication, research skills, and experiential knowledge, offering concentrations in food politics, history and culture, and food markets and marketing.

Farmers and vendors can register for this event through Penn State Extension, Allegheny County by contacting Heather Mikulas at 412-473-2540 or Registration deadline is February 26, 2010. The public is invited to attend; the entrance fee to the event is $5.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit