Last week at Celebrity Dairy I stood in a puddle of mud and cursed the winter that's stretched so long it had seeped into my shoe. Then Doublestuff fell off a bucket. Perhaps it's a cheap shot to laugh at the folly of a one-day-old goat named for his resemblance to an Oreo cookie, but it worked. I got a glimpse of hope and spring renewal, feelings furthered by some of this week's upcoming food events.
Meet Doublestuff, along with his 30 famously named brothers and sisters, including Suri Cruise, Beyoncé and Mick Jagger, at Celebrity Dairy's Open Barn (144 Celebrity Dairy Way, Siler City, www.celebritydairy.com) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Open Barn is free, though a $10 donation per carload is suggested to support the work of Heifer International. In addition, soups, desserts and, of course, a selection of Celebrity Dairy cheeses will be available for purchase
Continue to usher in spring at 1 p.m. on Sunday, at Carrboro's 13th Annual Community Dinner, held in the McDougle School Cafeteria (900 Old Fayetteville Road). Event chair Nerys Levy says the dinner "celebrates Orange County's cultural diversity through food and entertainment."
Cooking from Mildred Council of Mama Dip's will head up the menu, alongside dishes from the Carolina Inn, Bandido's Mexican Cafe and Mint Indian Cuisine. Performances by some of Orange County's finest, including The Signsations, Ameri-Kantu, the EWS Jazz Club and North Carolina Arts in Action, will round out the afternoon.
Levy hopes the dinner's emphasis on local and sustainable practices will inspire. The group has joined with Muriel Williman of Orange County Solid Waste to compost and recycle 95 percent of the event's trash. And she says the members of North Carolina Arts in Action should serve as role models for other children. "This is really important," Levy says. "It's like the work that Michelle Obama is trying to do. Children are being active and creative at the same time." Tickets, $8 for adults and $3 for children under 10, are available at many Orange County locations. Check out the Community Dinner's Web site for more details (www.communitydinner.org).
Suit up with questions to engage in additional dialogue about the local food movement with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms Inc. at the Third Annual Film 'Feast'ival from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Meredith College (3800 Hillsborough St., Jones Hall Auditorium, Raleigh, www.filmfeastival.blogspot.com). Salatin's talk will follow the screening of Fresh, a film directed and produced by Ana Sofia Joanes that looks at farmers and food activists like Salatin who are working to transform America's food policies and practices.
Salatin is also featured in Food, Inc., Robert Kenner's Academy Award-nominated film, which debuted during last spring's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham. Catch it for free at 7 p.m. March 10 at the American Tobacco Campus (324 Blackwell St., Ste. 500, Washington Building, Bay 5, Durham, www.fullframefest.org/events.php).
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