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Fair pop-up restaurant to feature local chefs and veggies

Want a home-grown meal prepared by local chefs at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair?

Young McDonald’s Farm and Flavor 574 have teamed up to provide a healthy option for fair-goers.

From the Garden pop-up restaurant will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 21, 22 and 23 at the garden next to Young McDonald’s Farm on the fairgrounds. Proceeds from the food help support the Fair Youth Agricultural Education Area.

Zach Lucchese, executive chef of Swan Lake Resort, will be the guest chef on on July 21 and 22, making $5 portions of pulled pork sliders, Southern style salad and pork tacos with pickled vegetables.

Paul Cataldo, owner of Antonio’s Italian Ristorante in Elkhart, will do the cooking on July 23, with his own tasting menu including an eggplant arugula stack, pasta fritta with Italian sausage, garden pasta with chicken and arugula tomato salad — all in $5 portions.

Watch how Cataldo makes his garden pasta on King in the Kitchen.

Marshall King, managing editor and food writer for The Elkhart Truth, will host the event on July 22 and 23.

There will also be Farm to Table cooking classes for kids on Monday and Wednesday, limited to the first 35 kids to attend each session. Lucchese will teach kids how to make tacos on Monday (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), and Cataldo will show them how to make pizza on Wednesday (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The kids will help prepare and slice garden vegetables for their pizza or tacos, use the grills to cook them and then eat the result.

So, take a break from the Ferris wheel and come hungry. It will make for a nice break from all the fried peanut butter.

For full coverage of the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, be sure to visit the Elkhart Truth’s special Fair page.

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