February 15 - 28, 2017
Food acts as a connector within our community and Amherst County restaurants bring our community together to gather around a table to celebrate, make memories, and share stories. The Cultivate Amherst!! initiative will celebrate these restaurants through a food event we're calling OUR TABLE. During this multi-week event, participating county restaurants will feature a traditional local, family-inspired or internationally based menu item in addition to the regular fare. A dollar contribution from each CA!! meal sold will go towards programming for CA!! and Second Stage | Amherst.
El Mariachi Mexican Food
A Daily Special
184 Ambriar Plaza, Amherst
Pulled Pork Taco
88 S Main St, Amherst
Loose Shoe Brewery
Pot Luck - February 21
Beer sales benefit CA!!
198 Ambriar Plaza, Amherst
Merredith’s Restaurant & Catering
Soul Food Buffet
1558 Dixie Airport Rd, Madison Heights
The Briar Patch
883 S Main St, Amherst
Travelers Fine Food & Drink
202 S Main St, Amherst
What a Blessing Bakery
German Chocolate Pie
195 Ambriar Plaza, Amherst
Woodruff’s Café & Pie Shop
Coconut Custard Pie
3297 Elon Rd, Monroe
Cultivate Amherst!! (CA!!) is a community initiative hosted by Second Stage | Amherst. The purpose of CA!! is to demonstrate the strength of art and artists as catalysts for development and transformation in healthy communities.
Based on the outcomes of our very successful first Cultivate Amherst! event in April of 2016, we have chosen to focus in 2017 on food and agriculture within the region as a way to open dialog and memory about our shared home, Amherst County.
CA!! is creating a series of 2017 events that will celebrate the role of food ...
CA!! initiatives are almost entirely volunteer led. CA!! seeks partners. Individuals and organizations who participate will be those whose focus is on community development and economic sustainability and groups whose focus is on food accessibility and sustainability such as FFA, Dept. of Agriculture, the Health Department, Amherst County Public Schools, local churches, fire and rescue squads, the Garden Club, Sweet Briar College, VCCA, and professionals and students from academic centers whose work seeks to understand the role of arts and food in human experience.
Upcoming Events in 2017
Thursday, April 27 | A spring garden event in conjunction with the opening of the 5th season of the 2nd Street Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 30 | A fall food festival & community gathering for all
This will be an afternoon celebration of Amherst food heritage & culture. A 100-foot lighted table featuring photos provided by citizens ... a map of Amherst, stenciled on the street, identifying disappearing communities ... tents with elders who will tell stories, share memorabilia ... samplings of favorite church social & home cook recipes ... these are the activities being planned.
Would you like to participate?
Bring recipes and photos of family/community food events to the Amherst County Historical Museum, 154 S. Main St., Amherst, on Wednesdays between 1 and 4. The items will be scanned to be a part of the exhibits at the Community Dinner.
Questions? Contact 434.941.0997 or email@example.com.