If you missed last night's Farm-to-Fork Food Invasion, you missed out. It was the 5th annual Food Invasion in Montgomery, hosted by E.A.T. South, and this year's culinary army was impressive, led by guest chef David Bancroft from ACRE restaurant in Auburn.
The outdoor pick-up style dinner took full advantage of the pastoral calm at the E.A.T South Farm at Hampstead, and the setting was certainly appropriate, as most of the ingredients used in the four-course menu were sourced from area farms and other local sources.
But you want to hear about the food you missed right? Snacks and starters included sweet potato crackers with spiced honey and Alabama Gulf Shrimp with the best cocktail sauce ever. Flavored with ancho chilies, it was zingy and rich and a perfect foil for the sweet shrimp.
Veggies included marinated beets with blue cheese, kale and pecans as well as Oakview Farms grits with charred pumpkin, but the star was the collard green cassoulet. If you're lucky, Chef David will add this to ACRE's menu so you can get a taste of Southern-comfort heaven. With all that, the most delicious thing I ate all night was a condiment. The preserved lemon barbecue sauce that accompanied the pecan smoked chicken was good enough to pour into your favorite cup and simply sip through a straw.
There were also craft cocktails, plenty of Alabama-brewed beer from the boys at Back Forty and bread pudding so amazing that very nice people were almost reduced to pushing and shoving to get seconds. But I don't want to make you too jealous.
While the feast was fabulous, the event is about more than just a stellar dining experience. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the educational programs of E.A.T. South. So if this post made you wish you too had been there and eaten that, be on the lookout for next year's dates and mark your calendar. Great food, great cause, great group of folks to share it all with under a full fall moon. Don't miss it again!