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Shreveport Green’s Fifth Annual Feast: More Than Just Another Dinner

Mondays are always a day for me to semi get my life and my week together. I check out what’s going on for the week and set my personal calendar for the places I need to be. This Thursday, June 8, 2017 I will be at Shreveport Green’s Fifth Annual Feast and you need to be there as well.

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Shreveport Green’s Feast was one of the first farm to table experiences in the Shreveport Bossier area. It pairs local sourced ingredients with local chefs to create a four course meal with accompanying wines. This year’s event will feature Chefs Jason Brady, Gabriel Balderas, Frank Harris, and their teams creating a memorable meal along with special guests like Herby K’s who will provide freshly shucked oysters on the half shell all while raising funds for Shreveport Green.

Shreveport Green is dedicated to promoting a healthy, sustainable, and economically vital community through public outreach, community enhancement, and a specific respect for the natural and built environment. They put this mission into action with community gardens, community orchards, recycling, water conservation, and more. One of their programs that is near and dear to my heart is the Mobile Market. Food deserts (an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable and good-quality fresh food) are a very real thing in our area. The Mobile Markets help by taking fresh fruits and vegetables to the food deserts, offers them at a fraction of the cost, and demos healthy ways to prepare the food with a local chef. Currently, the Mobile Market reaches over 800 residents in neighborhoods such as Highland, Lakeside, Cedar Grove, Mooretown, and several others. For several residents, the Mobile Market is their only exposure to affordable and good-quality fresh food.

things to do in shreveport, shreveport green's feast, farm to tableI’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say that privilege makes us oblivious to some stuff. I participate and even initiate countless conversations about what restaurants are must eats or looking for healthier options in the area, even breaking it down to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options all the while completely being oblivious to the idea that there are people in our own community that do not have the luxury of restaurant shopping or even being super selective about what they eat because they don’t have the means or access to do so. Feast is the event where those of us who can are able to support those of us who can’t.

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This is one of those where the rubber meets the road situations. Without Feast, the number of Mobile Markets servicing our neighbors will be cut. That means fewer educational opportunities about healthy eating practices, fewer access opportunities for fresh, healthy food which creates a vicious cycle of health issues, rising insurance costs, and other things that can be avoided simply by attending a dinner. The demand for the Mobile Markets is already so great that the community gardens can’t keep up. Food is sourced from local farms and farmers’ markets. Imagine what happens if this resource is cut. It’s one thing to attend an event that benefits a for profit business. I get it. This isn’t a guilt trip thing because I attend plenty of them, however it’s another thing to put your money where your mouth is and attend an event for a non-profit organization that has programs that literally equate to life or death for some. That may sound extremely dramatic, but if you think about it, it’s true. Years and years of unhealthy eating lead to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and other deadly conditions.

So how do we do our part to help? We volunteer with organizations like Shreveport Green. We buy tickets to Feast if we can afford it even if we can’t physically attend. Speaking of affording the ticket price to Feast, while the ticket price is $150 all inclusive, $120 of it is tax deductible. If this isn’t a win-win situation, I don’t know what is.

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As far as the logistics of Feast, the event begins at 6:30 pm at Greenleaf Park in Provenance with passed appetizers. There will be Great Raft Brewing Beer on hand to socialize with and once seated at 7, the main show will begin. You’ll enjoy not only a delicious meal, but you’ll be seated with the local farmers that provided the ingredients for the meal like Evan McCommon with Mahaffey Farms, Jason Smith with Smith Family Farms, and others. It’s expected to be about 85 on Thursday with a 46% humidity so it’s going to be hot, but Shreveport Green has it figured out to keep you cool. There will be air conditioning piped under the table to keep you cool. Ladies wear a dress. You won’t regret it.

I hope after reading this and doing your own research about Shreveport Green by visiting ShreveportGreen.org that you realize that this is not just another event. Though it will be fun, it is important and needed. I hope to see each of you there. Tickets are limited so buy your ticket here or call 318.219.1888 ext 16.

Comment below if I will see you Thursday.

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