Ever wondered who’s raising your meat? Is it safe? What are the most nutritious choices? What’s the best bang for your buck? The questions about the safety of the American food system can be overwhelming, especially in an era of misinformation on the Internet. We all eat, and we all deserve to make confident food choices. Those shared values attracted a group of about 50 young professionals to “Meat and Mingle,” an event hosted by the farmer volunteers of CommonGround Kansas at the Manhattan Meat Market on Monday, April 23, in Manhattan, KS.
The after-work mingle featured wine with hors d’oeuvres, including brisket sliders, grilled bratwurst skewers, charcuterie featuring local meats and cheeses, and bacon crostinis. Many of the meats and cheeses featured were locally sourced and available at the Manhattan Meat Market.
Guests had the opportunity to learn how our favorite proteins get from the pasture to our plates. A panel discussion featured a variety of stakeholders in the food system who weighed in on farming and food topics. Panelists included Dr. Michael D. Apley, professor, K-State Veterinary Medicine; Kat Benson, registered dietitian nutritionist, Unlocked Nutrition; Jake Worcester, co-owner, Manhattan Meat Market; and Kansas farmers Melissa Hildebrand Reed and Kelsey Pagel, both CommonGround volunteers.
Admission was free and guests brought non-perishable items to donate to the Flint Hills Breadbasket. As an organization, CommonGround celebrates fearless food choices, but we understand that some families are struggling just to put the basics on their tables. We especially enjoy activities where we can give back to our local communities through food donations!
Special thanks to the Manhattan Meat Market and Manhattan Young Professionals for collaborating on this unique event!