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SIU to host first public farm to fork dinner

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Peppers from the SIU Sustainable Farm are seen for sale at the Carbondale Community Farmers Market in August 2015.

CARBONDALE — A Farm to Fork Dinner at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will offer a unique opportunity for people to experience food grown in the region in a new and different way.

SIU’s William “Chef Bill” Connors will prepare a three-course meal featuring fruits, vegetables and meat that originate in Southern Illinois. The dinner will be from 7 to 9 p.m. April 26 in the Old Main Restaurant at the Student Center. Everyone may attend.

The menu includes strawberry-jalapeno smoked pork or vegetarian grilled polenta topped with mushrooms and stir-fried Asian greens served with spring green salad with strawberry vinaigrette, roasted sweet potatoes and strawberry peach cobbler.

The dinner is hosted by SIU’s Sustainability Office in collaboration with SIU’s Sustainable Farm and University Housing along with All Seasons Farm, Lick Creek Beef, Flyway Family Farm, Miller Potato Farm and Flamm Orchards.

Tickets are $20 for SIU students and $30 for faculty, staff and members of the community. The deadline to register for the event, which organizers are describing as the first public SIU Farm to Fork Dinner, is April 18. Seating is limited.

Sign up online at or via the Sustainability Office website, For additional information, you can also call 618-453-2846 or email

The Sustainability Office is seeking volunteers to help with the Farm to Fork Dinner as well. Anyone interested in lending a hand should send an email to

Christi Mathis is a writer for University Communications.


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