Food freedom activists and supporters of Vernon Hershberger plan to gather for a fundraiser with good food, to raise money for the Hershberger family Dec. 14 at a Madison church.
Master chef to the stars Loulou Griffin has planned a special brunch to raise money for the family that had a serious fire, which destroyed a building at their farm just before the state prosecuted the farmers for illegally selling unpasteurized milk and other food from their Grazin' Acres farm without the proper licensing. Ultimately Hershberger was found not guilty of three out of four charges by a Sauk County jury.
Griffin, who prepares special meals at the Riverside Theater, Pabst Theater and Turner Hall greenrooms is cooking up a very special menu for the event, which is being held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road in Madison.
The brunch is scheduled to run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu includes French toast made from homemade whole wheat bread with sage-sauteed organic apples, walnut butter and real maple syrup.
Other food on the bill includes Grazin' Acres egg-and-cheddar scramble, with or without pork sausage made from the farm's grass- and milk-fed pork, fresh fruit with yogurt and homemakde granola and local honey, organic butternut squash soup made from the garden's produce with nutmeg and sunflower seeds.
Griffin also plans to cook up red-wine braised Grazin' Acres grass-fed beef with southern grits, roasted onions, mushrooms and herbs from the garden; organic smoked tomato and scallion cream pasta with winter squash and smoked salmon with crostini.
The suggested donation is $25 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12 with children five years and under free. A bake sale with goodies provided by Grazin' Acres supporters will also be held during the event with suggested donations for various items varying, said organizers. Those attending the brunch will have a chance to meet Vernon and Erma Hershberger and their 10 children
To attend the brunch-fundraiser organizers are asking that people RSVP by Dec. 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the essential details visit http://www.vernonhershberger.com/fire.html.