Chef’s Go Fresh Motorcycle Tour Promotes Local Produce
On Monday, July 16th, a caravan of motorcycles drove 110 miles through Maryland agriculture and wine country for the Second Annual Chef’s Go Fresh Event. The motorcycle tour, founded by Chef Robert Wiedmaier, and organized this year by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Georgetown Media Group, publishers of The Georgetowner newspaper, encourages local chefs and restaurateurs to purchase local produce for their restaurants in order to reduce the carbon footprint created by transporting food products long distances.
The chefs’ first stop was at Shepherds Manor Creamery in New Windsor, which produces artisan sheep cheese, and later, Black Ankle Vineyards in Mount Airy, Maryland. The day ended with a late lunch hosted by Frederick’s Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio at Family Meal, his new restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.
Participants included Chefs Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s, Brasserie Beck, Brabo, The Tasting Room and Mussel Bar and Paul Stearman of Marcel’s, Chef Thomas Elder of Härth, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti of Al Tiramisu, Chef Ryan Fichter of Thunderburger, Pastry Chef Allison Blakely of Pie Sisters, and Chef Demetrio Zavala of Lincoln.