win tickets to chef’s garden food and wine celebration

I have yet to meet farmer Lee Jones or his wife Mary (though they did Facebook me!) or visit the Culinary Vegetable Institute – something we are incredibly fortunate to have in our area, so this just may be my opportunity. Our yours.

My friend Heidi Robb is hosting her first blogger giveaway – and what a giveaway it is! One lucky person will win two tickets (which go for $145 each) to the Institutes’s benefit for their Veggie U program, a not-for-profit that’s committed to fostering a synergy between educational, nutritional and agricultural goals to combat the rising epidemic of childhood obesity.

According to Heidi, the 2009 Food and Wine Celebration will be held this July 18th from 4-9 p.m. in Milan, Ohio on the beautiful grounds of The Culinary Vegetable Institute. There will be food from a multitude of top chefs from around the country, a Star Chef Cook-off with judging by our homegrown Michael Ruhlman and Fred Griffith, Alex Guarnaschelli, executive chef of New York’s BUTTER, and more. Plus fine wines, music and merrymaking.

Be sure to visit her blog to learn how to enter. Be quick, you only have a few days. She also includes a recipe for Moxie’s beet salad from chef Jonathan Bennett who will be participating in the event (I will most definitely try this – mmm, beets!).