promotes nature, community
Forman chef caters
new event at Creasey Mahan
Helen E. McKinney
GOSHEN, Ky. (May 2009) When it comes to food,
Mark Williams is at the top of his game. As a chef for Brown Forman
for the last eight years, he has specialized in perfecting each dish
at Creasey Mahan Nature Center, Goshen, Ky.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: The Lawson Brothers Band (bluegrass)
1:30 - 2 p.m.: Louisville Country Dancers
2 - 2:30 p.m.: Jenrose & The Kentucky Bootleggers
3 p.m.: Live Auction and Silent Auction end
3-4 p.m.: Jenrose & The Kentucky Bootleggers
Williams will be serving up food using the Slow Foods
method at NatureFest!, a premier event to be held May 30 at the Creasey
Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. The event is scheduled from noon to
4 p.m. and the public is invited.
As a chef Williams said he knows, The secret to good food is good
ingredients. He will be promoting Slow Foods Bluegrass, a local
chapter of Slow Foods USA and Slow Foods International.
The local chapter is based in Pewee Valley, where Williams lives. Slow
Foods is an organization founded to promote organic foods, said
Williams. Its the opposite of fast food.
Williams first learned about Slow Foods when he was a chef for director
Francis Ford Coppola in Napa Valley, Calif. Coppola made me aware
Since then, Williams has promoted this non-profit food group every chance
he gets. Its a way to encourage more people to go into farming,
or stay in farming, and educate the public on why organic food makes
a difference, he said.
At the May event, Wil-liams will be using local products, such as salad
greens from a Crestwood farm and beef from Foxhol-low Farm.
Also included in the days activities will be music provided by
the Lawson Brothers and Jenrose & the Kentucky Bootleggers, hayrides,
nature trails, crafts, games, face painting, inflatables, a dunking
booth, silent and live auctions. Nature-related organizations that will
be set up in booths include the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Bernheim
Arboretum and Research Forest, in addition to regional businesses.
It will be a day for people to come in and listen to good music
and enjoy our beautiful place and each other, said Tavia Cathcart,
executive director for Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Cathcart, 45,
took over the post when Glenn Yost retired in June 2008.
Cathcart is co-author of a 496-page field guide to wildflowers, Wildflowers
of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and Southern Appalachians.
She is a Certified Interpretive Guide and naturalist, photographer and
speaker. Originally from the Highlands area of Louisville, she has had
many years experience with non-profits on an administrative level and
This will be the first year for NatureFest!, and Cathcart said it is
being put on in an effort to pull the community together and showcase
organic, local products. We care about giving back to the community,
Williams said NatureFest! is a natural fit for me. Slow
Foods Bluegrass takes part in many festivals that are family oriented,
have a focus on health, and an involvement with the environment. NatureFest!
will incorporate all three of these qualities.
Cathcart said that there are many groups, such as Slow Foods Bluegrass,
which have an investment in Oldham County as well as various environmental
groups that are concerned about the area. The $5 entrance fee is a fundraiser
for the nature preserve.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a non-profit organization located on
168 acres at 12501 Harmony Landing Rd. in Goshen. It consists of a wildlife
refuge, eight miles of trails, recreational fields and two historic
structures (the 1803 Mahan Manor and original Spring House), a field
house and nature center for classroom education. We have a strong
educational outreach program and offer environmental education classes
to hundreds of students within Oldham and Jefferson Counties,
The nature preserve allows the Mahan Library branch to operate out of
a reconstructed barn and the City of Goshen maintains a community playground
on the property. The facility is privately run and receives no tax funding.
NatureFest! is a celebration of nature and the community that takes
palce on a beautiful little gem in the heart of Oldham County,
For more information on NatureFest!, contact
Tavia Cathcart at (502) 228-4362 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also visit: www.creaseymahannaturepreserve.org.
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