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One for the ladies: 8 local chefs cooking dinner honoring Deborah Madison

Eight Louisville women chefs will team up for the Seed to Stove dinner at Harvest on Sept. 12 both to honor former chef and noted cookbook author, Deborah Madison, and to raise funds for Slow Food Bluegrass’s School Garden programs.

The last time there were this many Louisville women chefs in one kitchen for a common cause was more than two years ago when the Brown Hotel hosted the Women, Wine and Whiskey dinner, which was fantastic.

You likely know Deborah Madison as the author of many cookbooks, including “The Greens Cookbook,” and “The Savory Way,” but she earned her culinary creds in the kitchens of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Greens, near San Francisco, and later cofounded Café Escalera in Santa Fe, N.M.

Joining her in Harvest’s kitchen for the dinner will be:

•          Annie Pettry: Decca

•          Coby Ming: Harvest Restaurant

•          Claudia De La Torre: Cake Flour

•          Kathy Cary: Lilly’s, a Kentucky Bistro

•          Deanna Rushing: Wiltshire Bakery

•          Nancy Schoenhoff, personal chef

•          Rachael Reigelman: SAGE Dining Services at Louisville Collegiate School

•          Sherry Hurley: Farm to Fork Catering

•          Star Auerbach: Stellar Sweets

How’s that for an all-star lineup?

Beside enjoying what will be a terrific menu, it’s a great chance to support a worthy cause. The grant-funded programs help finance the creation and maintenance of campus food gardens that teach students about nutritional food and cooking.

The evening will also focus some on Madison’s newest book, “Vegetable Literacy,” which is more an informational tome on veggies than a cookbook, though it has its share of recipes.

If you don’t know of Madison, do know it’s pretty special to that she’s visiting. And if you’re even remotely into Slow Foods and what it stands for, you likely don’t want to pass up the chance to see this icon of the movement.

Tickets for the dinner are $85 and can be purchased online by clicking here.