Slow Food Columbus

The Flying J Lottery

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Our “Shake the Hand That Feeds You” dinner at Flying J Organic Farm is our most anticipated event of the year, and it’s easy to see why. Everyone involved in the meal helps in some way, whether it’s picking fresh vegetables for the chef, setting up the table, or prepping the food or drinks. By the time we arrive at the table, strangers have gotten to know one another. Then the food, just hours off the vine, arrives—prepared by the chef and crew of Skillet Rustic Urban Food, one of Columbus’ hottest restaurants and a vanguard of the sustainable food movement—and acquaintances become friends.

This event has become so popular that, last year, all of the tickets sold out in 16 minutes. We can’t prevent that from happening again at this year’s dinner, to be held on Saturday, September 8… but we can make sure that everyone has another chance, and we can support Central Ohio’s nine delegates to the Terra Madre sustainable food conference in Italy at the same time. And the best part is, you could end up attending this dinner for $10. Here’s how.

Before tickets officially go on sale, we are offering a ticket lottery. Ten of the 70 or so tickets will be given out, at random, to people who buy $10 tickets ($20 for a couples’ ticket). You may enter as many times as you’d like; each entry gives you one chance to win. All of the proceeds from the ticket lottery will be put toward airfare for the nine Central Ohio delegates selected by Slow Food USA to attend Terra Madre. We will close off entries to the lottery at midnight on Saturday, August 25, and the remaining tickets will go on sale at noon on Monday the 27th. The upshot for you, of course, could be an open-air farm-to-table dinner at an organic farm… for $10.

There’s another reason, of course: we won’t tell you exactly how much regular tickets will cost when they go on sale, but in previous years they’ve gone for $75 or more. A $75 dinner for $10? Pretty sweet.

Enter now. Enter often. We hope to see you there.



  • Tabitha Kirkland

    event date, please?

    • Bear

      Well, email notifications for blog comments definitely isn’t working. Sorry! It’s September 8; I’ve modified the text to reflect that. Thanks for the heads-up.