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Local chefs hold waffle frolic to help Rota Gallery

— Healthy local food has become a major focus.

Televised cooking show “Locavoure” and magazines like Eating Well have flourished during this resurgence of healthy and seasonal cooking. Regionally, Community Supported Agriculture or CSA’s, cooperative food markets and community gardens have grown in number in the past five years in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin county. Their emergence can be attributed to a community who is transitioning to produce and meat that is fresh, nutritious, and farm and farmer are just around the corner.

On January 22nd Riff Raff chefs will host their third Waffle Frolic consisting of 90% local ingredients. The event will be held at “My Cup of Tea” located at 50 Margaret Street, in downtown Plattsburgh.

Chefs will start the waffles at 9am-2pm. Riff Raff is asking attendees for 5-10 dollar donations to benefit the Rota Gallery.

Locally grown and milled flour, fresh eggs and maple syrup which has been tapped by the Parker family will all be on the menu. Riff Raff will serve traditional waffles as well as egg and dairy free waffles.

The nominal $5 to $10 dollar donation will allow attendees to enjoy two large fresh waffles with real butter, coffee from local roasters or cider from Rulf’s Orchard.

The beneficiary of this event, the ROTA Gallery, is a local upstart gallery whose main focus is to give artist and community members a place to meet, show their work of art and listen to burgeoning local and regional musicians. The gallery is well on its way to obtaining non-profit status. Money raised at the Waffle Frolic will toward obtaining non-profit status and day-to-day operation costs.

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