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An afternoon of “Burger Night”!

  • A snowy afternoon for "burger night."
    A snowy afternoon for "burger night."
  • Sliders on the grill.
    Sliders on the grill.

Location: Unity Nursery

December 14, 2012
A celebration of local foods on Sunday, January 27 will raise awareness and funds for the Locavore Lit Fest.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—If you think cold weather means you have to wait a few months for fresh local food, think again.  On Sunday, January 27,  local producers will showcase their products at the third annual “Andy’s Burger Night” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Unity Nursery on Rt. 213 near Church Hill. The event, created to showcase locally produced food items, is inspired by the Burger Nights that were so popular at Andy’s, the beloved tavern that operated on High Street for two decades.

For the main dish, Black Bottom Farm, Cedar Run Farm, St. Brigid’s Farm, SB Bison, and Crow Farm will each bring something different to the table. Two of Chestertown’s favorite chefs, Robbie Jester and Kevin McKinney, will cook up sliders on the grill and serve them with Eve’s Cheese, Lockbriar Farm apples and cider, bread from Evergrain Bread Co., hot chocolate from Nice Farms Creamery, salad from Chesapeake Greens, and vegetables from Priapi Gardens, Boxer’s Rest, Colchester and Homestead Farms.

“People will be amazed at how much food is available locally even when it’s cold outside,” says Tara Holste, organizer of the event.

Indoor seating is limited, so participants should come prepared for the cold.  There will be a fire pit, hot cider and hot chocolate, and the growers will be on hand to talk about their farms and products. Beer and wine will be for sale from 16 Mile Brewery and Cassinelli Winery.  In addition, a group of local musicians will perform open-mic style throughout the event.

In the spirit of being eco-friendly, diners are asked to bring their own plates, utensils, and cloth napkins.  A new addition will be the raffle of a tree from Unity Nursery and a guided boat ride on the research vessel Callinectes with John Seidel, Director of the Center for Environment & Society (CES) at Washington College, which is sponsoring the event.

“Burger Night is a fun time to get together in January with great food, music, and beverages,” says Michael Hardesty, a program manager at CES.  “There is no better excuse to be outside on a nice winter day than good friends and a freshly grilled burger! The last two years have had a great turn out,” he adds. “In fact, I recommend you get your tickets fast because they always sell out!”

Tickets, priced at $18 each (children under 12 free) and $30 per couple, are available at Unity Nursery or online at http://andys-ctown.com.  Space is limited. If advance reservations sell out, there will be no tickets available at the door.  Tickets will include a seating time of 1:00 or 2:00 p.m., though patrons are encouraged to come early and stay for the entire event.  All proceeds will benefit the Locavore Lit Fest, which returns to Chestertown March 21-24, 2013. 

For more information call 410-778-7295 or email tholste2@washcoll.edu.


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