Hunters & Huggers Dinner

This Wednesday, September 28th, there will be a supping extravaganza at Unity College’s Wyman Commons. From 4:30 to 6:00 PM, please come join us for the annual Hunters & Huggers Dinner. In its fifth year, the Hunters & Huggers Dinner increases the amount of local food served in our cafeteria from around 25% (a pretty impressive annual average) to about 100% for this meal!

Most of the food will be provided by Crown O’ Maine Organic Co-operative in Vassalboro. They have been serving Maine’s local food community since 1995 as a distributor for farmers, fishermen (fisherpeople!), and artisans in an effort to strengthen our community by improving access to local foods. I would be remiss not to share their amazing vision statement with you (click link).

There will also be venison provided by the family who runs Applegate Deer Farm in West Newfield. This is a red deer farm where they produce their own biodiesel and also give tours of their farm and production plant to the public.

If those tasty informational appetizers didn’t convince you, here’s the menu for the evening:

  • The line formed early at last year's Hunters & Huggers Dinner.

    Tomato Bruschetta

  • Assorted Maine Cheeses
  • Roast of Venison
  • Local Beef Chili
  • Lobster Newburg
  • Vegetarian Beet Feta Stackers
  • Vegan Stackers
  • Roasted Red New Potatoes with Smokey Paprika
  • Ginger Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Local Breads
  • Chocolate Zucchini Cake
  • Pound cake w/ Rhubarb sauce
  • Maple Creams

Come support local agriculture. Come support our sustainability efforts. Come build community. You know how important it is. Let’s not waste precious salivating time over reiterating the endless laundry list of mis-steps that have led us to this strange and unstable place in time. Come eat with some freaky hunters or stinky huggers (whichever you’re not, I guess). Just plain old come to have a great meal with great friends.

Creator of this wonderful event, Lorey Duprey, our Assistant Dining Services Manager, hopes to share the idea that local food production, distribution, and consumption will invigorate and strengthen our community. Bangor Daily News quotes her as saying:

…I developed an appreciation for the hard work, commitment, and love that goes into farming.

How lovely! This event is open to the public for $8 a person. So repost this blog to your friendface and your jitters accounts. Tell everyone you know to come and nourish themselves, their communities…our community! See you there, friends.

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