[image-1]Chef Aaron Deal at Tristan is a champion of veggies. First off, he’s hosting the one, only, and first ever vegetarian Dine-Around at this year’s BB&T Charleston Food + Wine Festival. Second, he’s bringing Farmer Lee Jones of the Chef’s Garden in Ohio to town on Tuesday, Jan. 20 for a veggie-heavy day of events.

On Tuesday night, Deal will be previewing his James Beard House dinner (which he’ll be cooking up in NYC on the 27th). He’ll  be using sustainable produce from the Chef’s Garden, an Ohio farm that practices a wholesome approach to farming and sells artisanal and heirloom produce directly to chefs around the world. It’s kind of like a boutique farm that will custom grow items and work directly with chefs, providing microgreens, root and cruciferous vegetables, and edible flowers. They even have some trademarked phrases like: Earth to Table™, Chef and Farmer Concept™, and “Growing Slowly and Gently in Full Accord with Nature®.”

The dinner on Tuesday will raise money for Veggie U, the farm’s nonprofit organization that teaches kids about nutrition, food, and growing practices.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chef Deal and Farmer Jones will give a lecture and demo at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus. It’s free and open to the public, but a reservation is required because seating is limited. Call 820-5074 to reserve a seat.