Chatham News

Food lovers, rejoice – the second annual Local Food Showcase returns to Chatham on March 10

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 1, 2011

PITTSBURGH (February 1, 2011) … Chatham University and its Master of Arts in Food Studies program along with Penn State Extension of Allegheny County are proud to announce the second annual “Local Food Showcase: a Grower / Buyer Event” will return to Chatham’s Athletic & Fitness Center at the Shadyside Campus on Thursday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Local Food Showcase brings together western Pennsylvania farmers, value-added producers, food industry purchasers, and food lovers with farm-to-table cooking demonstrations with local chefs, tastings of regionally-produced foods, educational workshops, and a chance to meet the hard-working people who grow food throughout the region.

This year’s Local Food Showcase includes two morning workshops from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.: “What is the real value of connecting to the local food system?” is designed for buyers while “Pricing Techniques and Marketing Strategies to Increase Sales” is targeted toward food producers and businesses owners and is presented by Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Pre-registration is required for the workshops.

The entrance fee for food producers and the general public is $10 at the door. Registration for the full day is $50 and includes one workshop and entrance to the showcase, and includes a vendor’s table at the showcase in addition to one workshop. For further information, and to register for workshops or as a vendor, contact Penn State Extension, Allegheny County at (412) 473-2540 or email hem12@psu.edu.

The mission of the Local Food Showcase is to foster economic development through business relationships between farmers and chefs, retailers, wholesalers, and institutions for the upcoming 2011 growing season and beyond. The event was designed by Penn State Extension and Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies program to help strengthen the local food infrastructure in western Pennsylvania and to raise awareness among the general public about the socioeconomic value of locally-grown and purchased food.

About Penn State Cooperative Extension
Penn State Cooperative Extension in Allegheny County gives local residents easy access to the resources and expertise of the Pennsylvania State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, cooperative extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to Allegheny County citizens.

About Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies 
The Master of Arts in Food Studies is 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. As part of Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment, the program emphasizes the global and the local in economic, social, and development aspects of sustainable food and agriculture.