Gathering Grub

We are excited to partner with two local food businesses in New London County to provide free food for attendees of the Spring 2016 Gathering. We hope you’ll love it too – you can take any leftovers home!

Snacks

Throughout the day, participants will be able to snack on a variety of healthy foods from Fiddleheads Food Co-op of New London.

Baby carrots, apples, tea, hummus, cookies, and granola bars will be available with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. We will also be serving coffee (not from Fiddleheads).

From Fiddleheads:

Fiddleheads Natural Foods Cooperative offers our community a member-owned, full-service market. We are dedicated to providing wholesome organic and natural foods and fresh local produce, emphasizing products that are cruelty-free, developed through fair trade, and with a commitment to preserving our environment. We promote healthier life choices in a friendly, service-focused atmosphere where owners are a valued and essential part of our success. Fiddleheads strives to educate our members and patrons about the benefits of organic and whole foods, and of creating a closer connection to food sources. We are committed to strengthening our community through education, social outreach programs, and food bank donations.

We honor the earth by supporting and promoting environmentally responsible products, business practices, and sustainable agriculture. Our store is located in New London, Connecticut, at 13 Broad Street, adjacent to the corner of Huntington Street and Governor Winthrop Blvd.

Fiddleheads Natural Foods Cooperative is 100% member-owned. All are welcome to join us as co-op Member-Owners! We have over 1125 Founding Member-Owners. The Member-Owner equity share is $175, and a payment plan is available. There are many benefits available to members, and we strongly encourage all in our community to join!

Like Fiddleheads Food Co-op on Facebook and get ready for delicious snacks at our Gathering!

Dinner

We are proud to be working with Big Belly Kelly’s BBQ and Catering of Groton, Connecticut.

The dinner menu includes:

  • Garden salad (gluten free / vegan)
  • Fiesta bean salad (gluten free / vegan)
  • Fried chicken
  • Pulled pork
  • Corn bread (vegetarian)

From Chef Kelly Walker:

Kelly Walker is known for cooking with soul and passion. His secret recipe BBQ sauce is finger licking with a tasty twang. The smoking process is a mastering only Kelly can deliver!

He moved to Ledyard in 1999; back then, he owned Brittany’s Southern Cuisine in New London. For the past 15 years he and his wife Sandra have been cooking out of the food truck at festivals and events like the Essex Hot Steamed Jazz Festival, British by the Sea at Harkness and the Ledyard Fair.

“It’s finger-lickin’ good,” said Michelle Hinton, who remembers Kelly’s BBQ at the Ledyard fair this summer. “You’ll need a lot of napkins.”

People may be ignoring the building now but the smokey aroma wafting from the food truck soon to be parked there will lure people in by their noses.

Kelly said he learned to cook from his mother and from lots of trial and error but, he said, cooking BBQ is a labor of love.

Kelly said he smokes beef in the BBQ pit for 12 hours at least.

Like Big Belly Kelly’s on Facebook and get ready for a hearty dinner at our Gathering!

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It’s important to us to reduce food waste – so bring a leftover container and you can take any uneaten food at the end of the event.

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