What a fantastic event. It was inspiring. The people were amazing. And the food and beer were phenomenal. I'm talking about the Locavore Dinner in Utica hosted by Mohawk Valley EDGE on September 10, 2013. The event would have been worthwhile solely for the five course meal pairing local foods prepared by the good folks at Loaf, Leaf & Ladle with Saranac beers with Nick Matt, CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing Company, introducing and explaining each pairing.
But on top of that, there was a speaker from the local food and beverage business community to accompany each course and the announcement of the winners of the EDGEccelerator Business Competition. But wait there's more, because the room was full of food entrepreneurs, foodees, economic development folks, and representatives of the local business community and government - a crowd of important people hearing the message and experiencing firsthand the power and potential of the local food system.