Bon Appetit Appalachia holds kick-off event at Belle Chevre Cheese Shop in Elkmont

Jim Byard, ADECA Director; Caroline Kelly, Burritt Museum; and Earl Gohl, ARC Federal Co-Chair at the event.

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ADECA Director Jim Byard, State Representative Mike Ball, Elkmont Mayor Tracy Compton, Belle Chevre Owner Tasia Malakasis, and ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl at the event.

Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair for the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington DC joined Jim Byard, Director of ADECA, in Elkmont on August 19 to promote Bon Appetit Appalachia, a way to discover local food, farms, and flavor. The promotion promotes local farmers markets, farm-to-fork restaurants, farm tours, vineyards and craft breweries, and offers food travelers a chance to choose places that grow/use local products. Traveling the local food trail also gives people a chance to meet local “agripreneurs” – entrepreneurs in the farming and food business in the region. The event was held at the Belle Chevre creamery on a sunny day in Elkmont in Limestone County, and was attended by several elected officials and community promoters.

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