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‘Field to Fork’ feast celebrates Southwestern Illinois cuisine


The Seventh Annual Field to Fork, an “Exquisite Culinary Experience in Local Cuisine,” will take place on Saturday, July 23, benefiting HeartLands Conservancy.

Field to Fork features a six-course meal prepared from ingredients locally grown and sourced.

“Field to Fork is a wonderful way to come together to support land conservation in Southwestern Illinois. We celebrate our area’s rich agricultural heritage, the work of regional chefs to produce locally sourced food, and most importantly, efforts we take daily to protect our valuable natural and agricultural resources,” says Judith Nelson, president and CEO of HeartLands Conservancy.

Six area chefs will prepare one of the courses being served. This year’s chefs include: Tim Faltus of Bellecourt Manor, Jenny Cleveland of Cleveland-Heath, Jesse Mendica of Olive + Oak, Ben Rudis of Pastaria, David Sandusky of Beast Craft BBQ, and Josh Charles of Element. Josh Galliano of Companion Bakery will serve as special guest speaker for the event.

The event is being held on Saturday, July 23, at Bellecourt Manor in Belleville. Tickets for pre-purchase are available and reservations are required. Tickets for members of HeartLands Conservancy are $70 per person, $500 per table. Nonmember ticket prices are $90 per person or $650 per table. Tables seat eight.

To learn more about the event, the chefs and farms providing food, visit or contact Kim O’Bryan at (618) 566-4451 ext. 10 or .

HeartLands Conservancy is the oldest and largest nonprofit environmental organization serving Southwestern Illinois, working regionally to protect open space and environmental resources.

                                                                                                                         — From the Illinois Business Journal

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