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Local Residents Experience “Taste of Pickaway” at on-farm event

Pickaway County and central Ohio residents experienced a “Taste of Pickaway” during an on-farm multi-course meal featuring local farms, local food and local fun on Sept. 11, 2014.

(See photos from the event below)

Hosted on the farm of Dug and Jeanne Radcliff in Circleville, the evening featured the culinary skills of Chef Alfonso Contrisciani, restaurateur, academic dean of Hospitality Programs at Hocking College, and one of only 67 certified master chefs in the nation. Chef Alfonso and his students researched, planned and prepared the meal using products grown and raised in Pickaway County.

“This was a wonderful celebration of local foods and Pickaway County agriculture,” said Mike Estadt, Pickaway County Extension educator and coordinator for the Ohio Fresh Foods Corridor, through which “Taste of Pickaway” was conceived in partnership with Pickaway County Farm Bureau and the Pickaway County Community Foundation.

“There’s so much agricultural variety in the county to be showcased,” Estadt said. “This was a top-notch culinary experience, but also a great way to support and connect with local farmers and help raise funds for good causes.”

Proceeds from the evening benefited local food banks and the Ag Fund of the Pickaway County Community Foundation.

Running along U.S. Highway 23 from Columbus to Portsmouth and through Pickaway County, the Ohio Fresh Foods Corridor helps people experience the connection with their food by promoting homegrown entrepreneurship, new investment and the value of Pickaway County’s existing strengths in food and agriculture. The corridor is funded by the Pickaway County Community Foundation’s Agriculture Fund.