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This Week, F.A.R.M. Cafe Hosts Fall Festival Fundraiser, Kenyan Chef Kabui for Live Music, Great Food and More

Guest Chef Kabui

By Jesse Wood

Nov. 12, 2012. F.A.R.M. Café hosts two events this week featuring live music, Thanksgiving-themed crafts, clogging by Arthur Grimes, the culinary skills of a Kenyan chef and, of course, great food.

F.A.R.M. Café Fall Festival Fundraiser, Wednesday, Nov. 14

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, the F.A.R.M. Café, which stands for Feed All Regardless of Means, presents its fall festival fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The festivities feature light refreshments, live music by local musicians, face painting, Thanksgiving-themed crafts and clogging by Arthur Grimes. Families, children, students and people of all ages are invited to the event.

The suggested donation price is $8 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10. Donations will be collected at the door. Donations of can goods are also welcome to help stock the shelves at F.A.R.M.

The event is organized by students in the Department of Communications, on behalf of a fundraising course, in conjunction with F.A.R.M. Cafe.

F.A.R.M. Cafe Hosts Kenyan Guest Chef Kabui, Friday, Nov. 16

In an event titled “Deepening the Discussion: Appetizers, Songs, and Stories about Food, Farming, & Food Justice,” guest chef Kabui, who is a Kenyan, will visit F.A.R.M. Café on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Along with Kabui preparing soups and specialty appetizers using local produce from the High Country mixed with his Kenyan culinary skills, a discussion regarding food justice, globalization and the connections between Appalachia and Kenya will ensue. Live music from local musicians will sing original songs and covers regarding those topics as well.   

A press release states that “Participants will have the opportunity to find out about Chef Kabui’s inspiring story, his many projects around the world, and his philosophy of changing the lives of the people around him and the society at large in the way they view food, its usage and sustainability.”

A volunteer works on the mural inside the F.A.R.M. Cafe. It was a collaborative effort by several artists. Photos by Jesse Wood

It continued that Kabui is a celebrated organic chef, urban farmer and a food activist from Durham, although he was born in central Kenya to a coffee-farmer mom and restaurant-owner dad.

“He brings to the table a combination of history, education and experience that has resulted in a unique perspective on food and healthy eating in America and beyond. He’s worked with celebrities such as Will Allen, been interviewed on NPR multiple times, and has prepared meals for Burts Bees headquarters, the Kenyan Embassy, and many more,” the release stated.

Donations are accepted and encouraged. All proceeds will benefit Kabui’s Kenyan Eco-Institute and F.A.R.M. Cafe. Sponsored by Goodnight Family Sustainable Development ProgramBlue Ridge Women in Agriculture, and F.A.R.M. Cafe.

About F.A.R.M. Cafe

F.A.R.M. Cafe is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a healthy, inclusive community by providing high quality delicious meals produced by local sources served in a restaurant where everybody is welcome to eat regardless of means.

The name stands for Feed All Regardless of Means and is part of the One World Everybody Eats movement. Beginning in Salt Lake City, Utah One World Everybody Eats has inspired over 25 other cafes across the country. In May 2012, F.A.R.M. Cafe opened in the diner side of historic Boone Drug Downtown, located on King Street across from Mast General Store.

F.A.R.M. Cafe has suggested prices based on plate size, and customers are invited to pay what they can afford. They may also pay more so those who cannot afford a meal will be subsidized. For more information, email farmfallfest@gmail.com or visit www.farmcafe.org.