Nov 16, 2018

It seems pretty obvious that behind every great farm-to-table restaurant must lie at least one great farm. But it raises a question known to matchmakers wide and far: How do you pair up the right farmer with the right restaurateur?

Bringing farmers to the table where decisions get made is so important as a way of introducing them to as many key decision-makers in the restaurant or retail industry as possible and and to help foster a more sustainable, local food system.

Enter the Local Food Matchup. This semi-annual event is designed to help grow business for chefs or retailers looking to source more local foods, and farmers or food and beverage producers looking to sell into the Pittsburgh area market. Now in its fourth iteration (the first one was held in March 2017), growers and buyers from across the region will gather at Threadbare Ciderhouse on Monday, December 3 for an evening of networking, tasting, meetings, and what organizers call “speed-dating” type interactions to get more local food on restaurant tables and retail shelves.

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