DC-based nonprofit FRESHFARM is set to host their annual Feast fundraising dinner virtually next Friday, November 13th, and will feature Marcelle Afram, Executive Chef of Compass Rose and Maydan. Chef Afram will prepare fatayer, or Lebanese hand pies, using a recipe that highlights flavors from the Middle East and showcases local, seasonal farmers market ingredients. Participants will also learn tips and tricks from the Maydan and Compass Rose kitchens throughout the night.
The event is totally free and open to the general public, but attendees will also have the option to purchase a limited number of curated Feast Market Boxes to replicate the demo recipe at home. (Feast Market Boxes will be delivered straight from the farmers market to homes within the I-495 Beltway on Saturday, November 14, the day after the virtual Feast; these will contain everything needed to make Chef Marcelle’s fatayer, including a copy of the recipe, the link to Chef’s Marcelle demo, recipe ingredients, and extra farmers market treats including olives, feta cheese, honey, olive oil, and more.)
Participants will also learn more about FRESHFARM’s work in response to COVID-19 and will have the opportunity to donate to support the organization over the course of the evening; the Feast will raise critical funds to support FRESHFARM’s mission to promote sustainable agriculture and improve food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region. Throughout the pandemic, FRESHFARM has helped to keep farmers markets safe and operational, allowing for the delivery of fresh produce directly to the homes of thousands of the region’s most vulnerable seniors and families. FRESHFARM’s programs include operating nearly 30 producer-only farmers markets in the DC metro area, as well as FoodPrints, which provides comprehensive food education for more than 5,800 students in 15 DC Public Schools, and the Pop Up Food Hub, which leverages the farmers markets to purchase, sort, pack, and deliver fresh, nutritious food to individuals and institutions in high-need areas.