Friday, October 21, 2016

White Oak Pastures Serves Food for Thought at Nov. 4 Savory Institute Event

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Local Notable Chefs to Dish up Tasty Fare at The Shed at Ponce City Market

ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 2016) – Knowledge never tasted so good; just ask White Oak Pastures’ owner Will Harris.  His Bluffton, Georgia, farm was named a Savory Global Network Hub in 2015, and now he is bringing a worldwide event called “Eat It, Wear It, Regenerate It: Igniting a Consumer Revolution” to Atlanta. On Friday, Nov. 4, Harris will host the Southeastern premiere of the Institute’s world broadcast and has assembled a team of top chefs to put the “dinner” in his dinner and a movie evening.   

Chefs Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Müller (Gunshow and Revival), Tal Baum (Bellina Alimentari), Reid Harrison (White Oak Pastures), Terry Koval (Wrecking Bar Brewpub) and Jenn Robbins comprise the talented culinary team behind the food stations at this event. Each chef will highlight a protein from White Oak Pastures for guests to enjoy while mingling, learning more from Harris about his farm’s regenerative farming methods and viewing the four short films. Beer will be provided by Second Self Beer Company and wine will also be available. The event takes place from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Shed at Ponce City Market.  Tickets, which include food and two alcoholic beverages, are $35 and may be purchased online.

“Our goal is to help build awareness for the importance of holistic land and animal management practices that create environmental, economic and social benefits,” Harris says. “We hope to help ignite a consumer revolution that demands good stewardship of our lands and proper management of livestock to promote the ecological restoration of grasslands worldwide.”

White Oak Pastures is the only Savory Institute Training Hub in the Southeast and one of only three located east of the Mississippi River. Hubs provide both education and support on regenerative farming to land managers in their region, including Holistic Management training, consultation, and ecosystem services. All Hubs are supported by the Savory Institute to further opportunities for farmers and ranchers to market their goods. 

About White Oak Pastures
White Oak Pastures is a multigenerational, family-owned farm committed to the principles of sustainability and stewardship by raising  five red meat (cows, sheep, goats, rabbits and hogs) and five poultry (chickens, turkeys, guineas, ducks and geese) species. It is the only farm in the nation that humanely hand-butchers both red meat and poultry species on site under USDA inspection. This takes place in White Oak Pastures’ own abattoir designed by Dr. Temple Grandin. The fifth-generation farm, led by owner Will Harris, has operated continuously on the same land in Southwest Georgia for more than 150 years. White Oak Pastures cooperates with nature to produce artisan products that are healthy, safe and nutritious. Care is given to ensure that all production practices are economically practical, ecologically sustainable and that the animals are always treated humanely. White Oak Pastures never falters in conducting business in an honorable manner, for the sake of the animals, the land and the people eating the products. The farm now also offers on-site lodging and dining.

Harris and White Oak Pastures have received the following awards for setting farming standards, contributing to the restaurant industry and being dedicated to the sustainability of organic farming in Georgia: Savory Global Network Hub, 2016 Sustainable Land Stewardship Award from Georgia Organics, 2014’s Most Respected Business Person of the Year by Georgia Trend Magazine, 2013 Swisher Sunbelt Farmer of the Year, 2012 American Treasures Award from MADE: In America, 2012 Centennial Family Award, 2012 Distinguished Conservationist, 2012 LDEI Green Ribbon Recipient, 2011 Georgia’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2011 Georgia Restaurant Association’s Innovator Award and Will Harris inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs.

White Oak Pastures also holds several certifications including: Certified Naturally Grown for cattle, lamb and goat, Certified Grassfed by the American Grassfed Association, Certified Humane by the Humane Farm Animal Care, Animal Welfare Approved by Animal Welfare Institute, Master Cattleman by the University of Georgia, Certified Organic by Georgia Crop Improvement Association and Good Management Practices approved by Silliker, Inc.

White Oak Pastures products can be purchased at more than 1,000 Publix supermarkets throughout the Southeast and at Whole Foods Market locations from Miami to Princeton, New Jersey. The beef is distributed by Kelly's Foods, Buckhead Beef, Cheney Brothers, Sysco Gulf Coast, PFG, Maplevale Farms, Merchants and US Foods. Customers can also place orders online. White Oak Pastures is located at 22775 Highway 27 in Bluffton, Georgia.  For more information, call (229) 641-2081 or visit


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