The Farmers Feast at our annual conference is a legendary event that pairs amazing chefs with our farmers’ delicious organic food. This year’s Feast will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6 PM, and you don’t have to attend Conference to buy a ticket.
2017 Awards, Keynote, Farmers Feast, and Celebration
After an evening of inspiration from keynote speaker Barbara Brown Taylor and the 2017 Award Winners, it’s time to dig into the Farmers Feast, our annual culinary highlight featuring local organic food and great music. The dinner begins at 6 PM.
Some of Atlanta’s best chefs, including Anne Quatrano, Steven Satterfield, Linton Hopkins, Terry Koval, Cathy Conway and Ford Fry, will prepare the feast, so get your taste buds ready!
This year we’ll also debut a short 20th Anniversary documentary produced by the incredible team at EventStreams, who have diligently crisscrossed the state interviewing farmers, educators, chefs and community members.
After the feast, the shin-dig begins with tunes from our very own Farmer Services Coordinator Tenisio Seanima, aka DJ Fifthwurld.
Join us in celebrating our 2017 Award Winners at the Famous Farmers Feast on Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. Our winners are . . . drum roll:
After 30 years of experience in both industrial and organic agriculture, where he has managed public, private and community-based food and agricultural businesses in over 30 countries, Nuri brought the Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture to Atlanta. A beacon for urban agriculture in the Southeast, Nuri and TLW have changed laws, trained hundreds of farmers, fed thousands of people, and inspired many more.
An ad for farm workers in Reader’s Digest brought Tony Scharko and his family from Germany to New Orleans 40 years ago. Since then, Tony fought in the Vietnam War, met Linda, the love of his life, and together they met half the farming population of Georgia, thanks to their willingness to train growers, share equipment, or let other farmers use the land. “I like working with people who like to work,” said Tony to our friends at Community Farmers Markets last year. Well Tony and Linda, you sure picked the right business, and we’re glad you did.
Join us for the Farmers Feast as we honor Rashid Nuri with the Land Steward Award and Tony and Linda Scharko with the Pollinator Award at the 20th Annual Georgia Organics Conference in Atlanta.
Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times bestselling author who teaches in the humanities department at Piedmont College.
Taylor’s last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and on SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey. In 2014 she was named one of TIME’s Most Influential People.
Taylor has been a featured speaker at Emory, Duke, Princeton, and Yale, but she would rather be at home in the kitchen cooking the Purple Beauty peppers and Fairy Tale eggplants that Ed has just brought up from the garden.
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Here is a sneak peek of the 20th Anniversary documentary produced by the incredible team at EventStreams, who have diligently crisscrossed the state interviewing farmers, educators, chefs and community members, that we will debut during the evening.
This year’s Farmers Feast features an display of world-class talent put on by some of Atlanta’s best chefs.
Cathy Conway – For the last 15 years, Cathy Conway has been steering Avalon Catering in the direction of local, sustainable foods. Precipitated by an experience in France at a small roadside stand, she realized that the only way to truly understand real food is to procure it from its source. Since then she has made it her work to meet and understand local farmers, support them by purchasing ingredients for her business and her home, and invest in the future of these farms and sustainable agriculture in Georgia by supporting groups such as Georgia Organics and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Building strong relationships has allowed her to establish a network of local, organic, artisan purveyors who produce goods that reflect a stewardship to the earth that is unsurpassed.
Terry Koval – In late 2013, Koval took the reins at Wrecking Bar Brewpub as Executive Chef. There he was able to embrace local, seasonal ingredients and showcase their flavors. After he took over the menu, the Wrecking Bar was awarded 3 out of 4 stars by The Atlanta Journal Constitution as well as receiving 3 out of 5 stars from Creative Loafing. Chef Koval was awarded the Snail of Approval award for community service by Slow Food Atlanta in 2014, and nominated by Best Chefs America 2015. Chef Koval has also been featured on the Food Network’s top-rated show “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,” as well as being a “Chopped” contestant in 2013. Chef Koval participates on the Chef’s Board of Georgia Organics, is an active member with Wholesome Wave Georgia and Slow Food Atlanta
Anne Quatrano – A nationally recognized chef, Anne Quatrano is known for her commitment to freshness, flavor and simplicity. A longtime advocate of sustainability, Quatrano prides her menus for using locally grown seasonal and organic produce and protein, frequently harvested from her own organic gardens and henhouses. Together with chef-husband Clifford Harrison, Quatrano operates five of Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurants: Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Little Bacch, as well as the popular cook’s market, Star Provisions. In late 2015, Quatrano opened W. H. Stiles Fish Camp (aka Dub’s), in the newly renovated, upscale Ponce City Market.
Ford Fry – Ford Fry’s culinary inspirations cover many years and much of the country: from eating out with his family as a child in Texas, to studying at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, to spending time as a fine dining chef in Florida, Colorado and California—and eventually as a corporate chef in Atlanta. Although the corporate chef position didn’t stick, Fry’s love for Atlanta stuck with him and it has proved a recipe for success so far. Fry and his restaurants–BeetleCat, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, King + Duke, Marcel, no. 246, The El Felix, The Optimist and Oyster Bar at The Optimist, State of Grace, St. Cecilia, Superica –have been included in numerous national and local publications, such as Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Chicago Tribune, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Esquire, Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, Sky, Southern Living and the Washington Post.
Linton Hopkins – An internationally acclaimed chef-owner and Atlanta native known for celebrating local produce and community-
driven cuisine, Linton Hopkins delivers radical and meaningful experiences inside and outside of his remarkable selection of dining destinations. Hopkins exhibits deep Atlanta roots, and, along with his father and sister, graduated from Westminster and was an alpha-omega student, following his grandmother’s enrollment at North Avenue Presbyterian (NAPS), a girls’ school later reorganized into Westminster. A graduate from Emory University and the Culinary Institute of America, Hopkins opened flagship Restaurant Eugene in 2004 with his wife, co-founder and co-CEO of Resurgens Hospitality Group Gina Hopkins. The duo proceeded to open Holeman and Finch Public House in 2008, followed by H&F Bottle Shop in 2011, H&F Burger at both Ponce City Market and Turner Field, and Hop’s Chicken. Hopkins was named the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southeast and champion of Iron Chef: Atlanta, moving on to take the silver medal on the famed Iron Chef: America after facing Japanese great Masaharu Morimoto.
Steven Satterfield – Steven Satterfield is executive chef and co-owner of Miller Union, author of James Beard Foundation nominated Root to Leaf, serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta, started the Atlanta local network of Chefs Collaborative, and is an active member of Georgia Organics and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Satterfield was also nominated for Food & Wine magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef,” following Miller Union’s placement on the “Best New Restaurants in America” lists from Bon Appétit and Esquire, as well as Atlanta magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year” in 2010. The James Beard Foundation first recognized Miller Union as a semifinalist for the national award of best new restaurant in 2010. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was a nominee for Best Chef: Southeast by the James Beard Foundation.