Madison County Schools to Feature More Local Food!

The second annual Farm to School Week was announced by Supervisor of Food Services Patty Seale, who has been overseeing the incorporation of a number of Madison County products for the week and changes to the everyday menu.

Madison County High School and Wetsel Middle School students had their “farm fresh” meal toward the end of the week, on Thursday. The meal included Papa Weaver’s Pork barbeque, homemade rolls, Riverbend Farm potatoes and apples from Graves Mountain Orchard. All are Madison County-based food producers. For more information, click here.

Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations

NEWS: WASHINGTON — “The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach that sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight. The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of foods. The bill is intended to get the government to crack down on unsafe foods before they harm people rather than after outbreaks occur.” To read the rest of this article from the NY Times, click here.

Fiesta Fridays on the Hot Bar!

If you enjoyed our running tradition of Fish Fry Fridays, then you’re in for a treat. This coming Friday we’re starting our new Fiesta Fridays on Ellwood’s hot bar! We’ll be offering a wide variety of delicious Mexican flavors including vegan and non-vegan options. Get ready and look for our daily hot bar menu posting here.

Tuesday's Hot Bar 11/30/10

RAW-VEGAN FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Raw Spaghetti

VEGAN FOODS: Lemon Curried Lentils, Tamarind Rice, Misir Wat, Local Coconut Curried Tofu, Yedinich Salata Potatoes, Citrus Cous Cous, Forbidden Rice Salad, Grain Salad with Herbs, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Chickpea Salad, Dilled Potato Salad, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Black Beans, Basmati Rice, Vegetable Curried Rice, Ratatouille, Caponata, Gingered Squash, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN: Home Style Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Corn on the Cob, Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Roasted Butternut Squash

MEAT DISHES: Home Style Chicken Salad, Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Chicken Vindaloo, Cajun Style Pork Loin, Cider Braised Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie, Wasabi Beef Brisket, Jambalaya, Rainbow Trout with Pesto Veggies

SOUPS: Turkey Chili, Artichoke Soup, Sweet Corn Chowder, Lentil Soup, Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice

Hardly JUST a Cider

In today’s Times Dispatch, hard ciders were featured in the headlining story “Back Roads: Hard Cider’s Popularity on Upswing in VA”. To say we are thrilled about the spotlight, would be an understatement – Hard ciders are delicious and complex in many ways, giving a whole new meaning to “cider.”  Their popularity is undoubtedly growing in not only Richmond, but Virginia as a whole. If you haven’t had a chance to try a hard cider yet, we have got you covered. We carry both Crispin and Foggy Ridge, so stop on by our indulge department to check out our selection.

Monday's Hot Bar 11/19/10

RAW VEGAN FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Raw Spaghetti

VEGAN FOODS: Mujadara, Mushroom Lentils, Twin Oaks Local Coconut Curried Tofu, Twin Oaks Local Kung Pao Tofu, Yedinich Salata Potato Salad, Citrus Cous Cous, Forbidden Rice Salad, Grain Salad with Herbs, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Chickpea Salad, Dilled Potato Salad, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Roasted Mushrooms, Black Beans, Basmati Rice, Tamarind Rice, Ater Kik Alicha, Dinich Wat, Bedelijan, Gomen, Steamed Broccoli, Gingered Squash, Ratatouille

VEGETARIAN: Butternut Squash, Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Home Style Mashed Potatoes

MEAT: Home Style Chicken Salad, Fiesta Chicken, Coconut Curried Chicken, Braised Chicken with Olives and Mushrooms, Wasabi Beef Brisket, Sheppard’s Pie

SOUPS: Lentil Soup, Truffled Cauliflower Soup, Artichoke Soup, Spiced Sweet Potato Soup, Sweet Pea & Fenne Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Saturday 11/27/10

MEATS: Rainbow Trout w/ Pesto Veggies & Tomato Sauce, Roasted Corn & Poblano Polenta (contains chicken stock), Cider Braised Chicken, Braised Chicken w/ Olives & Mushrooms, Pulled Pork, Collard Greens (contains bacon)

VEGAN: Green Beans w/ Fennel, Caponata, Gingered Squash, Steamed Broccoli, Brown Basmati Rice, Tomato Rice, Tomato Rice, Black Beans

VEGAN BAR (served at 1:00): Tamarind Rice, Buffalo Bites, Baked Ziti

VEGETARIAN: Homestyle Mashed Potatoes, Mac N Cheese, Gingered Squash

SOUPS: Turkey Chili, Beer & Cheese Soup (vegetarian), Potato Bacon Cheddar Soup

BREAKFAST (served until 1:00): Vegan Tofu Scramble, Vegan Biscuits, Breakfast Potatoes (vegan), Pumpkin Bread French Toast (vegetarian), Cheesy Eggs (vegetarian), Pork Bacon, Chicken & Apple Sausage, Vegan Yellow Grits, Vegan Sausage Gravy, Ellwood’s Breakfast Burrito (vegan)

FRESH FRUIT: Cantaloupe, Blueberries, Grapes, Pineapple, Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges

SALAD BAR PREPARED SELECTIONS: Yedinich Salata (vegan), Citrus Cous Cous (vegan), Forbidden Rice Salad (vegan), 7 Grain Salad (vegan), Broccoli & Cranberry Salad (vegan), Chickpea Salad (vegan), Homestyle Dilled Potatoes (vegetarian), Greek Wheatberry Salad (vegetarian), Classic Chicken Salad, Fiesta Chicken

Friday's Post-Thanksgiving Hot Bar Menu 11/26/10

RAW VEGAN FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, *NEW Raw Caprese Salad

VEGAN FOODS: Buffalo Vegan Bites, Tomato Rice, Gluten-Free Vegan Lasagna, Twin Oaks Local Tofu Cacciatore, Yedinich Salata Potato Mash, Chickpea Salad, Forbidden Rice (contains Honey), Grain Salad with Herbs, Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Roasted Mushrooms, Basmati Rice, 7 Grain Whole Rice Blend, Black Beans, Curried Cabbage, Ratatouille, Gingered Squash, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN FOODS: Home Style Mashed Potatoes, Hoppin’ John’s Green Chili & Cheddar Grits, Mac-N-Cheese, Roasted Butternut Squash

MEAT: Home Style Chicken Salad, Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Country Style Collards, Jambalaya, Curried Chicken, Cider Braised Chicken

SOUPS: Turkey Chili, Beer & Cheese Soup, Potato Bacon & Cheddar Soup, French Onion, Tomato Veggie Soup

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Just In – Foxfire Farms

Megan Neal & Betsy Samuels of Foxfire Farms

When I was in high school in Buckingham County, Virginia, post-Thanksgiving, I went to work on a farm. Not just any farm though, it was a Christmas tree farm. It was the farm that my family, our relatives and the majority of the people in the county would get their holiday trees and wreaths. This farm just so happened to be Foxfire Farms Christmas tree farm, located on the edge of Buckingham County, right along the James River.

This year Ellwood’s is proud to offer locally made Foxfire farm wreaths available now! And by locally made, we truly mean it. The farm produces fresh wreaths daily from trees grown on their own property. Pinecones and other accents are all sourced from their land. Wreaths are $19.99 for small ones and $24.99 for large ones.

For more information on Foxfire Farms, visit their website or friend them on their Facebook.