Farmers’ Market Cooking Challenge Set for Saturday, June 14

Photo: Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich of The Rich Table in San Francisco.

If you live in the Shreveport-Bossier region and love to cook, odds are you’ve already discovered the incredible bounty of the Shreveport Farmers’ Market. One of the largest farmers’ markets in Louisiana, the Shreveport Farmers’ Market will be the site of a fun cooking challenge issued by visiting chefs Evan and Sarah Rich, of The Rich Table in San Francisco, on the morning of Saturday, June 14, 2014. The Riches are Shreveport natives who operate a popular restaurant in San Francisco. As chefs, they emphasize seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. They’re returned to Shreveport as guest artists participating in the upcoming Unscene! event, “Food – Art – Film” (FB event link).

This Saturday, June 14, the Riches invite those who love to cook to participate in the Farmers’ Market Cooking Challenge (FB event link). To participate, just locate the Unscene! info tent at the Shreveport Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 14, 7 a.m.-12 p.m, and draw the competition’s “secret ingredient.” After purchasing ingredients at the market, cooks will then head home to create their own unique dish incorporating the secret ingredient. On Monday, June 16, cooks should bring their creations to artspace, located at 710 Texas Street in Downtown Shreveport, 5:30-6:30 p.m., to be evaluated by the Riches as well as Jason Brady of Shreveport’s Wine Country Bistro. Prizes will be awarded to the evening’s best dishes. Cooks at all levels are welcome to participate.

After the Farmers’ Market Cooking Challenge concludes on Monday evening, participants are invited to stick around for a meal prepared by Chefs Sarah and Evan Rich at 6:30 p.m., a presentation by the chefs at 7 p.m., and a panel discussion revolving around the “eat local” movement (panel discussion FB event link) at 7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Food lovers who don’t participate in the Farmers’ Market Cooking Challenge are welcome to attend the dinner and panel discussion.

For cooking enthusiasts, this should make for a fun new way to experience the Shreveport Farmers’ Market (and to pretend that you’re on a cooking show). For food lovers, the dinner and discussion at artspace on Monday night should be a great opportunity to participate in the growing dialogue about eating local in Shreveport-Bossier.

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