Via LLF Instagram

Nonprofit Lowcountry Local First announced the return of its annual two-month initiative geared toward supporting South Carolina farms, chefs, seafood purveyors and other local producers. 

May 1 ushered in the start of LLF’s 9th annual “Eat Local” campaign, which aims to raise awareness with a public challenge, two networking events and the 13th annual “Chef’s Potluck Dinner,” which will feature chefs from restaurants like forthcoming Brasserie la Banque, The Grocery and Ted’s Butcherblock. 

“April 2020 would have been our 9th annual Eat Local Month and 13th annual Chef’s Potluck, but like the rest of the world — everything changed and our priorities shifted, resulting in a broader public awareness campaign and direct support for all local business sectors,” LLF director of marketing and communications Jordan Amaker said in a press release. 

Lowcountry Local First is inviting folks to participate in its “Eat Local Challenge” from May 1-31. Those looking to join can sign an online pledge committing to shift at least $10 to local food sources weekly, and LLF will provide a weekly email with resources throughout the month. 

“Local Social” networking events will take place in May and June and continue year-round on the second Thursday of each month. And on Sunday, June 6, 10 local chefs, four beverage providers and two local bands will head to The Bend in North Charleston for the Chef’s Potluck dinner, LLF’s biggest annual fundraiser. Look for chefs from FIG, Basic Kitchen, Brasserie la Banque, Ted’s Butcherblock, The Grocery and Cru Cafe, among others. 

“We are so grateful that we are able to bring this important campaign back in full force this year, including a few outdoor, COVID-safe events,” Amaker said in the release. “Building meaningful relationships is at the core of what we do, and doing so safely in-person again for the betterment of our local food system and local business community as a whole is crucial.” 

For more information on the Eat Local campaign, visit