Brasa goes local for Land Stewardship benefit dinner
If you're into the local food scene, are a fervent supporter of sustainable and local agriculture, or even if you just like some creative, quality Southern-style fare, take note: Chef Alex Roberts of Brasa and Restaurant Alma fame is preparing a special menu for a dinner benefiting the Land Stewardship Project on August 31.
The dinner is the first in a series Chef Roberts plans to hold at each of his three restaurants, benefitting various local organizations who share similar ideals, like Youth Farm & Market Project and Backyard Harvest. "We get the benefit of connecting with the organization we are supporting and have a chance to learn about what they are doing in our community," says Chef Roberts.
It sounds like the love is mutual. "It was great to have the chef reach out to us and want to help. We're so excited," says Mike McMahon, membership coordinator and policy program organizer for LSP.
The three-course menu will be prepared almost entirely from locally sourced ingredients (more than 90%, according to Chef Roberts). Guests will start with spicy marinated beets; smoked chicken salad with Creole mustard and tarragon and pear compote; salad of butter lettuce and green beans, aged raw milk cheddar, and cider vinaigrette; and tomato and cornbread salad.
The main course will offer roast beef, hardwood-smoked pork ribs, corn fritters, coleslaw, crushed potatoes with buttermilk, and vegetarian baked beans.
If you have room left, desserts include cheesecake brownies and peach pudding with blueberry sauce.
Chef Roberts has been a longtime supporter of LSP, along with his father, who is also a farmer and member. "I think they are a leading organization when it comes to educating farmers about sustainable growing practices, as well as a leader in connecting the people to information they need to source good food," says Chef Roberts.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Brasa St. Paul, through the LSP website, or by calling 612.722.6377. Note: the restaurant will be closing its doors to regular diners and takeout orders during the dinner
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