Parkhurst Dining at Allegheny College Host "DeHart" Local Foods Dinner

MEADVILLE, PA, October 5, 2010 - More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff attended the “DeHart” Local Foods Dinner, a sustainable event featuring the foods of local farmers and growers hosted by Allegheny College and Parkhurst Dining Services, Thursday, October 7 at 4 p.m. on the Allegheny College Brooks/Bentley lawns in Meadville, Pa.

The “DeHart” Local Foods Dinner is named after the late Allegheny College Environmental Science Professor Jennifer DeHart, who had a lifelong passion for protecting the environment, promoting sustainable living and was dedicated to advancing the local foods movement.  A bountiful of farm-fresh produce, herbs and proteins will be prepared by Parkhurst executive chefs.

Participating in local food dinners is an extension of Parkhurst’s comprehensive FarmSource program, which focuses on purchasing 20% of our food from the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers of food within a 55-mile radius of campus to support and sustain local agriculture.  To date, Parkhurst with its parent company, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, have purchased more than $17 million in local foods in the communities they service.

In addition to local foods, there will be a variety of activities including a pie eating contest, livestock pen, bobbing for apples and a local foods market for everyone to enjoy.  According to Scott Steiner, Parkhurst director of dining services, “our committee’s goal is to revive this traditional local food event as a carbon foot print to carry on the sustainable vision of the late Professor Jennifer DeHart.”

LOCAL FOODS FEATURED

Lori & Paul Bender: Fruitful Farm, Meadville, Ground Beef
Sharna Brandon & Charger: Abundant Hillside
Gardens, Albion, Pumpkins, Gourds, Corn Stalks
John Clendenin: Clen Croft, Centerville, Carrots
Beth Etter:Conneaut Lake, Kale, Swiss Chard, Bell & Chili Peppers, & Tomatoes
Sonja Hunt & Leslie Alexander: Restoration Herbs, Franklin, Herbs
Richard Hunter & Jessica Roberts: Hunter Farms, Fairview, Blueberries

Dan Koman: Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm, Edinboro, Buffalo Chili
Bob Rose: Golden Hill Farms, Cochranton, Ground Beef
Terry & Trish Skelton: Skelton Farms, Edinboro, Ground beef

Jerry Troyer: Troyer Farm, Meadville Potatoes, Green Beans, Spinach
Rebecca & David Vines: Fresh from the Vines, Meadville, Potatoes, Beets

Cathy & Charlie Vorisek
Vorisek’s Backyard Bee Farm, Linesville, Honey
David Yoder: Nu-Way Farm, Fredonia, Spinach, Lettuce
Tom & Linda, Billie, Maxine, Michael Effie, Tom, Tedd & Jeff Bookamer: Bookamer Family Farm, Meadville, Ground Beef

Peter & Nathan Held Tender Acres
Cambridge Springs, Carrots & Sweet Potatoes

About Parkhurst Dining Services:

A member of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Parkhurst Dining Services provides exceptional culinary experiences and dining services to guests at the finest educational institutions, corporations and cultural destinations in its marketing region. Our foundation is built on personal relationships and exceeding the expectations of our guests and associates every day. Join us for a farm-fresh and sustainable dining experience. www.parkhurstdining.com

Contact:

Grace Hoyer
Parkhurst Dining
610-282-0916, office
610-349-0844, cell
gracehoyer@ptd.net