If all politics is local, the same can be said of food sustainability. There’s no better example of the latter than Localecopia Meet & Greet, a bi-annual, expo-style event hosted at The Breakers Palm Beach.
This year’s first event will be May 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the resort’s Ponce de Leon Ballroom and connects area chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality operators with more than 50 local farmers and food producers, from Homestead to north of Orlando, each of whom will encourage sustainable business, food sourcing and effective commercial relationships.
More than 350 attendees are expected for the event, which is free to the public.
“The idea is to promote our local good agenda and sustainability agenda,’’ said Geoffrey Sagrans, who since 2007 has led Localecopia as a member-driven, non-profit organization that links Florida growers and producers to consumers. “It’s really a way to connect the dots.’’
This grassroots advocacy, Sagrans said, helps chefs buy locally and rallies Florida farmers to find demand for their amazing food products and wares, while fostering collaboration, sustainability, local food consumption and healthy living.
“For our members, it’s a good avenue for them to get in front of people they might not get to see,’’ Sagrans said. “A lot of them are small companies that don’t have a sales staff or marketing budgets. We provide the venue to make that happen.’’
Feature Photo: Localecopia