Mission & Program Overview
Utah Farm-Chef-Fork is a USDA Specialty Crop funded program, that is a collaboration between the USDA, Utah State University Extension Sustainability, and Slow Food Utah. The goal is to enhance community vitality and reduce food miles by connecting Utah producers and restaurants.
In the spring of 2013, our research team launched the first series of trainings for farmers and chefs, addressing barriers and benefits to direct marketing, effective communication techniques, communication technologies, message framing, and use of social media. The spring trainings saw over 70 specialty crop producers and chefs, and the feedback from these trainings has been positive and energetic.
In the fall of 2013, our team launched a series of chef-producer mingles across the state, to allow an opportunity for further networking. These mingles were further collaboration between the USDA, Utah State University, and Slow Food Utah.
Six mingles took place across the state in the fall of 2013.
Producers/Artisans: At our Utah Farm-Chef-Fork mingles, meet chefs and restaurant managers who can help you get your great local food onto their restaurant's menu. Get to know each other in a casual setting and develop new business opportunities for your farm and business! Please bring 50 bites or samples of products to demonstrate, if appropriate, and information on what you have to offer. Plan to arrive early to get set up! No need to bring tables, we will have them for you. *YOU MUST REGISTER TO BE PART OF THIS EVENT*
Moab: Youth Garden Project, 530 South 400 East, Moab UT. Sept 9 10:00am-1:00pm.
Hurricane: The Hurricane Library, 36 South 300 West, Hurricane UT. Sept 10, 2:00pm-6:00pm.
Lehi: Fraiche at Brick Canvas, Thanksgiving Point, 2455 Executive Parkway, Lehi UT. Sept 16, 10:00am-2:00pm.
Park City: Park City Farmer's Market, Canyons Resort, 4000 Navajo Trail, Park City UT. Sept 18, 4:00pm-7:00pm.
Logan: Multi-Purpose Room, Cache County Office, 179 N Main, Logan UT. Sept 24, 10:00am-2:00pm.
Salt Lake: Local First Utah Headquarters, 865 South 200 West, SLC UT. Sept 30, 4:00pm-7:00pm.
Click here to register for one or more of the six mingles.
Join us at a Utah Farm-Chef-Fork farmer or chef/owner training and learn benefits as well as ways to overcome common barriers with sourcing locally, and develop a local-sourcing game plan to help your business. Receive Utah State University accredited Utah Farm-Chef-Fork certification for your completed efforts.
Click here to register for one of these free trainings (note, trainings are not available at this time).
Hear tips of the trade from farmers who are successfully marketing to local restaurants. Find out key reasons why farmers are selling directly to restaurants. Discover barriers other farmers have faced in selling to chefs and ways to prevent or overcome these. Practice communication plans for local restaurants with other producers. And more!
The following options are available (all free of cost, three hour trainings. Co-mingle farmer and chef/owner lunch provided by Western Ag Credit from 12-1pm):
USU Botanical Center: Tuesday March 26 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm. Utah House Classroom. 920 South 50 West, Kaysville, UT
Thanksgiving Point: Tuesday April 9 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm. Tropical Room, 2nd Floor of Emporium Building just north of the Water Tower, Lehi UT
Salt Lake County South Building: Tuesday April 16 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm. Salt Lake Training Room, 2001 S State Street, Suite 1200. 1st Floor, USU Salt Lake County Extension Office, SLC, UT.
Guest speakers include chefs/owners who are successfully sourcing from local growers. Discover the data behind why restaurants are sourcing locally, how other restaurants are benefiting from local food sourcing, with the help of media experts, design a farmer outreach and marketing plan to maximize on the benefits of local food sourcing.
The following options are available (all free of cost, three hour trainings. Co-mingle farmer and chef/owner lunch provided by Western Ag Credit 12-1pm):
USU Botanical Center: Tuesday March 26 2013, 12:00-4:00pm. Utah House Classroom. 920 South 50 West, Kaysville, UT
Thanksgiving Point: Tuesday April 9 2013, 12:00pm-4:00pm. Tropical Room, 2nd Floor of Emporium Building just north of the Water Tower, Lehi UT
Salt Lake County North Building: Tuesday April 16 2013, 12:00pm-4:00pm. N4017, 2001 South State Street, 4th Floor Room 4017, SLC, UT.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Utah Farm-Chef-Fork planning team.