As a salesperson for Lake Champlain Chocolates I don’t often get to go to fancy, fun parties in the evening. I’m mostly on the road or in my customer’s stores, so it was a nice change of pace to be able to attend the Eat, Drink and Be Fair Event sponsored by our friends at Green Mountain Coffee.
The event, which was held to raise awareness of Fair Trade, took place at the Artists for Humanity Center in Boston, MA and featured top chefs who competed in a cook off using Fair Trade ingredients. There were food stations for you to stop at; we enjoyed dishes such as slow poached Mahi Mahi, Rotini Basilica and Roasted Tenderloin of Beef. Mmmm… good. Everything was delicious!
Lake Champlain Chocolates Fair Trade Unsweetened Cocoa was used as one of the ingredients for the dry rub in the meat. A very creative endeavor! Vermont food companies were well represented including our own partners Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and Green Mountain Coffee. Ben and Jerry’s was there too with a make your own Fair Trade Sundae Station. The evening was fun and exciting, with lots of socializing and sampling food and drink.
This event served as a platform to feature Fair Trade food brands, how to cook with Fair Trade Foods, recognize local farms and stores selling Fair Trade and sustainable products and to bring attention to the benefits of growing, buying and eating locally.
Unfortunately we had to leave early and missed out on hearing who won the cook off! However, on our way out we were given a recyclable shopping bag, coupons and samples of the items from the event and a bag of Green Mountain Coffee. Fair indeed.