The Scoop – Fall 2019

IT'S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!

Are you ready for some Football?

The 2019 football season kicks off on Saturday, August 31, when the Bulldogs travel to Nashville to take on the Commodores of Vanderbilt. Georgia’s ranked third in the preseason polls, behind  Clemson and Alabama respectively.

It is no doubt Georgia is one of the top football programs in the country. Could this be the year Georgia brings home its second National Title? Time will tell. GO Dawgs!

DOWNTOWN CULINARY SHOWCASE

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Experience the unique flavors of Athens every Tuesday, through October, at the Downtown Culinary Showcase. Hosted by the Culinary Kitchen of Athens, the showcase aims to promote local vendors, nutritious food, tasty desserts and more! Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the corner of E. Washington Street and N. Lumpkin Street – located near city hall. Admission is free.

Visit culinarykitchenathens.com for more information.

WILDWOOD REVIVAL

September 27-29

Road TRIP! Named as one of Garden & Gun’s top festivals in the Southeast, Wildwood Revival has been described as a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll and everything in between. Take a short drive to Arnoldsville for a three-day weekend filled with music, food, libations, crafts, workshops, recreation and so much more.

This year’s lineup includes T. Hardy Morris, Langhorne Slim & The Lost at Last Band, Lucinda Williams and The Texas Gentleman.

For more information, visit wildwoodrevival.com

AUGUSTA BOUCHERIE

Calling All Foodies

For millennia throughout the world, people have been butchering and processing their own meat, as an excuse to come together as a community and using it as a way to store up the spoils of the harvest season. The centuries-old Cajun tradition of a boucherie has spread across the southern United States in recent years, picking up influences from other cultures as it goes. Even the Cajun background has a combination of influences, from the Native Americans to the French to the Spanish to the Germans. It’s a melting pot within a melting pot of food culture and history, founded on the idea that not a single part of a hog, goat, chicken, etc., is to be wasted. The day typically starts off with a Butcher’s Prayer – giving thanks for and to the animal for the life that it is giving to feed the participants, followed by processing and cooking, and then a feast. It is an experience that few people have been able to share in the last 100 years, as the traditions have waned in favor of the ease of mass production in the meat industry following the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century. But this has resulted in a lack of education regarding the process and a lot of waste as a byproduct.

The resurgence of interest in boucherie events in the last decade or so has been brought on by chefs throughout the nation who want to educate the public and help spread an appreciation for where our food comes from and going “back to the land.”

Chef Dave Smoke-McCluskey, originally from Boston and a member of the Mohawk tribe, has more than 30 years of experience working in restaurants throughout New England and the South and now lives in Augusta. He’s a huge advocate for “snout-to-tail cooking” and The Three Sisters diet – a traditional and native concept of growing corn, beans and squash together in a truly symbiotic relationship that’s ideal for both the land and our bodies.

An author and passionate food educator, he brings his background and expertise to partner with Amy and and Patrick Sutter of White Hills Farm in Dearing to bring the first boucherie event to the area.

“We want to honor the spirit of the animals and the tradition of how food was made,” said Amy as she and Dave excitedly talk about all they have planned. The farm itself provides the perfect setting for such an event, with different fields dedicated to the butchering process and cooking process, allowing people to come and go as they please and participate at will.

“Whole hog barbecue has almost become a fading art for the convenience of shoulders, butts and ribs,” said Dave. Teams of chefs with various backgrounds from across the area and nation, including indigenous chefs, award-winning chefs and professional pit-masters, will be working with local farmers, who will be bringing in stock and vegetables to offer all sorts of dishes, both traditional and innovative. As for the attendees, there will be short educational talks and opportunities to participate in this harvest festival type event. If you’d rather just try all the amazing food, there will be plenty of opportunity for that as well, with myriad dishes to choose from like boudin, rooster bog, pork cracklins, barbecue hash and more.

The event kicks off at noon on Friday and goes until sunset, focusing that first day on the preparation of different types of poultry and smaller game, from chickens and turkeys to rabbit and duck. Festivities resume Saturday morning at sunrise, with breakfast and coffee available from Harlem Java House. There is the pig-picking and roast and throughout the day are scheduled lectures and demonstrations to learn about where food comes from and responsible ways to eat sustainably, whether you live in the city or out in the countryside. There will be bonfires and hayrides and games and a bar on-site as well. The best part is that the proceeds of this event go to support the nonprofit Augusta Locally Grown – specifically to help them start its Farm Internship Program.

The Augusta Boucherie takes place at White Hills Farm in Dearing, Nov. 8-9.

Tickets can be purchased for Friday, Saturday or for both days and can be found at

www.augustaboucherie.com.