Exploring Tastes from the Mountains
Tastes from the Mountains is a gourmet tasting event which follows the Cook-off. It is a “dine-around” reception that features and celebrates West Virginia’s farm products gathered and provided by the state Department of Agriculture—a partner in sponsoring the Cook-Off. The food is prepared by staff from the host property joined by students in the ProStart Program.
For several years, and in various venues, ProStart teachers and their students were in charge of preparing the foods for Tastes from the Mountains.
These observations on the Cast Iron Cook-Off® are excerpted from New Appalachian Cuisine® The Cast Iron Cook-Off®, an article by Travis Vandal in Wonderful West Virginia, published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Travis Vandal is a seventh-grade English teacher and writer who traveled to all 55 counties in West Virginia in 2008. A photograph book of his travels is in the works.
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