Alan Garrison

Alan Garrison, the owner of Windhaven Farms in Holt, Missouri, raised chickens, ducks, turkeys and pigs. On a regular basis, he sold Windhaven’s all natural meat and eggs to The Local Pig butcher shop and several restaurants, including The Farmhouse, The Westside Local and Renee Kelly’s Harvest. He died suddenly at too young an age.

Garrison helped build community among local food producers and restaurants. Heather Searls, a manager at The Farmhouse noted that “he created a network of farmers around KC, and made a huge effort to bridge the communication gap between the tiny farms and the chefs.”

The hard-working farmer became a beloved member of the local food community.

Now Kansas City chefs are giving back to Garrison’s family. Six local restaurants are coming together Sunday for a benefit dinner called “All About the Pig.”

The dinner, 6-10 p.m. Sunday at the River Market event space, 140 Walnut Street, features pork and chicken inspired small plates and tastings from six restaurants: The Farmhouse, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Blue Bird Bistro, Novel, The Westside Local and Voltaire. Beer and wine will also be available at the event.

Tickets cost $25 and are available online. Proceeds will go to a college fund for Garrison’s teenage son. For more information or to RSVP, go to the “All About The Pig” Facebook page.

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