Starting today, Chilliwack locavores have two weeks of prime eating at popular eateries.
Cash Mob Chilliwack's latest push to support local businesses is called Field to Fork and involves the creation of dishes sourced with products from local farms and retailers by four local restaurants.
"Basically we are going to follow the food right from the farm to your plate," says Cash Mob co-organizer Scott McVetty.
Cash Mob Chilliwack is the creation of McVetty and Dale Johnson. The concept is to get people together to hit a local business and spend money, usually about $20 per person.
The two started with a "mobbing" of The Bookman and Sticky's in June 2012 downtown. Since then they have hit Unika clothing store in Vedder Crossing, a Chilliwack Chiefs game, but they got their most attention when in March they organized two massively successful visits to Shandhar Hut and the Bay Leaf after the owner of the latter Indian restaurant received some racist emails.
From Sept. 17 to 30, Bozzini's, Bravo, Jackson's Steak & Grill House and Lakeside Beach Club will serve meals sourced with local products.
Bozzini's partnered with Polderside Farms in Yarrow and have created a RedBro chicken cacciatore with garlic linguine using Polderside's heritage breed chickens. The meal includes a spinach spanakopita and a berry cheesecake for dessert.
Bravo offers a choice of mushrooms harvested locally by the owner or a beet salad with ingredients sourced from the organic farms at the Yarrow Ecovillage. The main course is a trio of chicken, beef and pork homemade sausages from downtown's Town Butcher.
On the south side of town, Jackson's has assembled a variety of dishes from Meadow Valley Meats (which retails as Fraser Valley Meats), Hofstede's Country
Barn, Happy Days Dairy and Fraser Valley Duck & Goose. Featured will be a beef tenderloin on a bed of Hofstede's vegetables.
SCAN WITH LAYARLakeside Beach Club at Cultus Lake is offering a Lois Lake salmon filet over a bed of Chilliwack corn, as well as a locally produced double-smoked bacon chowder with pork from Sundance Farms and cut by Johnston's.
All the meals follow the "local plenty for about 20" theme, meaning they will be priced in the $20 range.
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