Monday, June 6, 2011

Avett Brothers' Joe Kwon cooking here

Joe Kwon, foodie/cellist for the Concord band The Avett Brothers, will be in Charlotte June 13 to cook with Harvest Moon Grille's Cassie Parsons, preparing a "local food fusion" menu for a dinner benefitting Farmer Foodshare, a farm sustainability and hunger relief organization.

Kwon (that's his Twitter avatar, there; just one choice of 8 gazillion online) will serve as host, too -- which means he'll greet guests as well as cooking (but he tells me he will not be likely to pull out the cello). The menu will use seasonal food only from farms based within 60 miles of the restaurant, housed at the Dunhill Hotel uptown.

“I’m excited to ‘chef for a cause’ with Cassie, as she is a fantastic chef," said Kwon in a press release. "Farmer Foodshare is an innovative new organization that will have a big impact in Charlotte and we are thrilled to be working with them.”

Said Parsons: “Joe and I share a passion for local foods and the improvisation and creativity required to cook with only what is in season." Expect dishes with both Korean influence (Kwon's heritage) and Polish (Parsons').

237 N. Tryon St.; 704-332-4141. A four-course tasting menu will be $40; diners will be able to order a la carte from that menu, or from the regular one.

Farmer Foodshare, based at Atherton Market in South End, aims to raise money to buy fresh local food for people at risk for hunger. Shoppers at the market can buy food and donate it there, or donate cash. Farmers can also donate excess food. Founded at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market in May 2009, the effort now is in 11 N.C. markets and has raised more than 20 tons of fresh food for nonprofit groups that serve the hungry in five N.C. counties. Info: Market manager Lynn Caldwell at, or Facebook at