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Top Florida Chefs Unite for a Charitable and Sustainable Farm-to-Table Event   

Orlando, Fl. – (August 31, 2018) –The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has announced its second annual Homestead Harvest taking place on Grande Lakes’ own Whisper Creek Farm on Friday, October 26, 2018. Chef Scott Pizzo of Highball & Harvest, the resorts’ Southern-inspired restaurant will host the evening to benefit Fleet Farming, and Free Mulch Incorporated by Frog Song Organics, both sustainable agriculture programs.

Kicking off at 7 p.m. Homestead Harvest at Whisper Creek Farm will feature a line-up of Florida’s most talented and celebrated chefs including Todd Richards, Iron Chef participant and author of Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes as well as James Beard Award Winning Chef, Norman Van Aken, and local talents such as Kevin Fonzo previously chef/owner of the popular K Restaurant and Elek Kovacs of The Osprey Tavern, among others.  Guests can expect live music, as well as beverage pairings with beer, cocktails and wine by Titio’s Vodka, Breakthru Beverage, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Icelandic Glacial.

This event is a collaborative effort to bring awareness to Fleet Farming and Song Frog Organics’ Free Mulch program and their joint missions to shift how Orlando eats. Fleet Farming strives to reduce the environmental impact of food production through a pedal-powered, hyper local urban farming model that creates a culture of health and vibrant ecosystems by: teaching an intergenerational fleet of volunteers how to grow their own food, activating and re-engaging the community through biweekly Swarm Rides, and creating a breathe free and bio diverse environment through emissions-free, organic farming. Free Mulch by Song Frog Organics’ farm incubator model provides hands-on training and access to land and equipment for new farmers.
It also offers the opportunity to develop business skills of a real working farm in a lower risk environment, with the mission of creating a resilient and vibrant Florida food system by supporting local growers and sponsoring a beginning farmer.

“Last year’s Homestead Harvest event was extremely successful in raising money to support sustainable agriculture, which was the inspiration behind it’s creation,” says Chef Scott Pizzo. “Each participating chef practices the belief that guests should consume responsibly-sourced and local ingredients, we’re looking forward to sharing those incredible flavors with our attendees again this year.”

Tickets for the event begin at $135 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to attend exclusive pre-dinner dining experiences with guest chefs.