Bluegrass for Babies

On their day off, most chefs would prefer relaxing at home as opposed to slaving over a piping hot grill on a steamy summer day. But, entice them with the opportunity to hang with a group of their peers swapping “war stories”, outdoing each other with their extraordinary cooking prowess, and drinking cold beer, all while supporting an extremely worthwhile charity, and they’ll show up in droves.
Bluegrass for Babies is just such a cause.  Founded in 2009, the organization educates parents on how to raise healthy children by providing tools and resources based in both traditional and holistic practices. Year-round special events grounded in a love of bluegrass music provide much needed fundraising dollars which benefit the Perinatal Institute of Cincinnati Children’s.
For their Midsummer Harvest at Evendale’s pastoral Gorman Heritage Farm, Bluegrass for Babies gathered some of Cincinnati’s finest chefs, mixologists, and Gorman staff for an afternoon in the country full of good food, music, and farm education. Guests were welcomed in the garden by the sounds of Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, as well as appetizers from Chefs Chase Blowers of Dutch’s and Daniel Wright of Abigail Street, and beverages from Molly Wellman and the boys from Mad Tree Brewery and Oakley Wines.
The lavish buffet lunch, served on white linen draped communal tables was the culmination of over a dozen of Cincinnati’s finest chefs, local farmers, and purveyors. Organizing and “wrangling” this enormous group of talent fell into the laps of Chef Jose Salazar and his wife Ann. After the guests had their fill, (with, as you can imagine, most going back two to three times) Dr. Louis Muglia, Director of the Center for the Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s, shared details on the ground-breaking developments of his organization. Guests asked questions and left very well sated indeed. If they’re like us, they went home and took a much needed nap.
Written by Ilene Ross
Photography ©Gina Weathersby

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