FTCLDF Dinner at Wise Traditions Conference, Dallas 2011

November 15, 2011 · 3 comments

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This was the most fun I have had in quite some time. The Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund Dinner at the Weston Price Conference on Thursday night was really worth coming into Dallas a day early for! These folks sure know how to throw a party! From the scarecrow contest to the organ meat appetizer competition to the 5 star grassfed steak dinner to the aloe shooters to the music — it was a blast!

It started with an Organ Meat Appetizer Cookoff with the winners named the “Emperor of Entrails” or “Empress of Offal”. There were four teams consisting of the farm that supplied the offal and a chef creating a delicious surprise. The competition was tough and the voting got pretty heated.

The contestants for the Organ Meat Appetizer Cookoff:

1. Falster Farm - Karl Falster & Southern Grace - Chef Nancy Gail Falster – Representing Texas

2. Elaine Boland of Fields of Athenry and Pedro Matamoros of 8407 Kitchen Bar - Representing Metro DC

3. Connie and Mike Hale of Windy Meadows Farm - Representing Texas

4. Becca Griffith and Randy and Lynn’s Anderson Farm - Representing Minnesota & Wisconsin

And the winner is… Chef Becca Griffith and Randy and Lynn Anderson from Anderson Farm.

On to the Crazy Custom Scarecrow Contest. Several businesses and groups prepared a scarecrow to enter into the contest. They were quite a crazy sight! We all voted with straws!

The contestants for the Crazy Custom Scarecrow Contest:

1. Nourishing Our Children – Team Leader Sandrine Hahn

2. Weston A. Price Foundation – Team Leader Jill Nienhiser

3. Nutritional Therapy Association – Team Leader Marcie Larsen

4. Miller’s Organic Farm – Team Leader Sea J Jones

5. Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund - Team Leader Michelle Bielovitz

And the winner is…  Miller’s Organic Farm with a movable scarecrow! (It was alive!)

The panel of distinguished judges:

1. Sally Fallon Morell – author of Nourishing Traditions Cookbook, the instigator!
2. Dr. Joe Mercola, DO – the one and only King of Health on the web!
3. Dr. Will Winter, retired DVM – infamous eater of all things offal!

While having a wonderful sit down dinner, New York chapter leader Caroline Barringer (of Immunitrition fame) serenaded us with her beautiful voice to the accompaniment of acoustic guitarist Steve Cassano. It was heavenly.

Let me tell you about dinner.

Chargrilled U.S. Wellness Grass-fed Steak, Fresh Herbs, Infused Natural Jus, Roasted Plum Tomato Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Lima Bean Celery Root Succotash with Butternut Squash

Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits featuring Pure Indian Foods Organic Grass-fed Ghee

Texas Cornbread featuring Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cornmeal and Texas Daily Harvest Organic Grass-fed Buttermilk

Trickling Springs Creamery Organic Grass-fed Sweet Cream Butter and Miller’s Organic Farm Maple Syrup

Grass-fed Butter, Honey and Miller’s Organic Farm Maple Syrup on the side

Immunitrition Cultured Vegetables

Starwest Botanicals Organic Hibiscus Heaven Iced Tea

Chicory “Coffee” and Texas Daily Harvest Organic Grass-fed Half & Half

Herbal Hot Teas and Honey

And to top it off warm Apple Pecan Cobbler with Vanilla Ice cream.

I don’t know how I’m going to handle all this amazing food this weekend! This is just the beginning!

But it didn’t stop there. The fantastic Quebe Sisters played some down home Texas Two Step music to listen and dance to.

Then there was also the Bring or Bid on a Homemade Lard or Butter Crust Pie at the Also-Authentically-Texan-Pie-Auction.

And if you didn’t have enough, the After Party of top 40 music and dancing until the cows came home. This was way past my bedtime. I’m pooped. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

I’m really looking forward to this event next year as well! It raises a lot of money for a very worthy case, one that is essential if we are going to move forward and support our local farmers. If you missed this funtastic event perhaps you would consider donating to the FTCLDF.

To learn more about the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund click here.

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1 Randysstrauss November 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Sorry I missed it this year.  BUT…next year is a DEFINATE GO.  Thanks for the coverage.


2 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable November 17, 2011 at 1:04 am

And thanks for linking this too:) I so wish I could have been at the conference! Thank you for sharing!


3 Gabriella Iacobone November 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I am kicking myself for not going. Sounds like a lot of fun. Oh well, there’s next year.


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