Ai Raleigh-Durham's Culinary Program Talks Local Food With North Carolina Farm Bureau
Recently, North Carolina Farm Bureau sent a film crew to The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. The crew’s mission was to highlight how our culinary school and its student-run restaurant, The District @ 410, uses locally-sourced produce, meats, and dairy in what Ai Raleigh-Durham culinary director Chef Leslie Eckert refers to in the video as the school’s “dining lab,” or, teaching kitchen.
In the seven-and-a-half-minute video, Chef Eckert highlights how the downtown Durham Farmers’ Market’s proximity to Ai Raleigh-Durham and the school’s relationship with other area farmers’ markets has served as a valuable educational resource for Ai Raleigh-Durham students. Chef Eckert also emphasizes the importance of forming relationships with local farmers, and not just with the representatives who work for the companies that deliver the food. “The farmer is growing for the chef, and not just growing to grow,” says Chef Eckert. “So, to get the students to be able to see that and get involved is really important for that relationship.”
In addition to being on YouTube, the video is periodically featured on the NCFB TV show on RFD-TV, which describes itself as “the nation’s first 24-hour television network featuring programming focused on the agribusiness, equine and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment.” To learn more about Ai Raleigh-Durham’s culinary program, visit our homepage.
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