Local and slow-food proponents have teamed up for a tete-a-tete on all things Arizona and farm-to-table. Local First Arizona, along with Edible Phoenix, Slow Food Phoenix, Good Food Finder, and the Desert Botanical Garden, will host the Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection on Monday, June 10.
The event is open to Arizona wholesale food buyers -- as in, all you chefs, restaurants, grocery stores, school-food buyers, and caterers -- and Arizona-based food producers, farmers, and ranchers.
The conference will be an opportunity to connect local food producers with wholesale food buyers from across the state. The program will include panel discussions about "innovations in farm to table distribution, best practices in localizing wholesale, food safety regulations, and more." There also will be a reception featuring local foods and beverages from the conference attendees.
They're trying to help foster more localized business relationships and promote collaboration and direct market opportunities for Arizona's farmers, ranchers, and food buyers.
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"We believe it's critically important to the future of our state to connect our growers and purveyors to our chefs and grocers," said Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, in a press release. "These connections help build a more sustainable economy that keeps up to three times more money re-circulating through the state."
The fourth Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection conference will take place on from 1 to 6 p.m. June 10 at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Registration costs $25 per person and can be completed online at the event website. The event is not open to the public.