Whenever I go out to eat or shop I'm very tuned in to the promotion of local products - KY Proud or otherwise. Even at lunch today with Mrs. Woods at one of our favorite Lexington BBQ places, Billy's BBQ, the main things I was looking for on the menu were some evidences of using loca ingredients.
They're not quite all the way there with farm estate branded ingredients, but I was pleased to note that many of their beef and pork products were at least Kentucky Proud.
Angela Caporelli, the KDA Coordinator for the Restaurant Rewards program, has assured me she's making available some of the neat promotion tools KY restaurants have used. We'll feature those here and in future MarketReady trainings. Some of our KY restaurants have been very creative.
Three other states that do an incredible job marketing local products in their restaurants include -
New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant - Amazing. Surely we could get something like this in play in KY.
Texas' GoTexan Restaurant Roundup - ALREADY planning ahead for their big events in July. We've emphasized how critical it is to get started early for these big local foods feature events.
Fresh on the Menu South Carolina - I especially like how easy it is to find participating restaurants on their site. Good news for growers and locavores.
Let me know what your favorite local promotion in a restaurant has been.