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Spotted Cow Reviewis my attempt to share about life with my family on our Arkansas dairy farm intertwined with dairy recipes, answers to ddairy-relatedquestions and what I find to be thankful for down on the dairy farm. Here’s a sampling of what you can find:
I’m so excited to bring you this outstanding program for Megaphone Summit – Foodie Friday 2016, and I look forward to seeing each one of you very soon. After reading about our phenomenal speakers, head on over to Megaphone and registerif you’ve not already done so. Hurry! Registration ends soon.
September 9, 2016
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pratt Place Inn
“I have always believed that each of us has dreams and desires and talents waiting to be uncovered. They start with a tiny see: a seed that we “cast” or plant, so that it can take root and grow. A seed must be cultivated with patience and love,and through faith it will take root and prosper. We cannot see what is taking place underground, yet we anticipate the arrival of that first bud, the spirit of the flower. For each of us, every seed we sow has great potential, but it is up to us to feed our dreams, nurture our ideas, an have faith that our talent will blossom. A seed, however, is just a seed, without hard work and care.
I did not wake up one day and decide that I wanted to be the head of a very successful company, but each step along the path from my kitchen table to the boardroom at Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls helped to prepare me for the next step. I tended each idea, each seed, with careful attention and with faith, and eventually they grew into a company that I am proud of, and I am grateful that it carries my name. I am still learning and growing, and I believe every day brings another opportunity to use the gifts God gave us: faith, hope and love.” from Cast You Bread Upon the Waters
Patricia (Sister Schubert) Barnes is a highly successful businesswoman and philanthropist whose generosity literally reaches across the globe. She’ll be sharing the story of her success, of her cooking and of her life. “Never believe that where you are right now is where you will stay. Pray, have faith and try to be of service to others.” These are the words on which Sister has stood for most of her life and are demonstrated daily through her own personal experiences.
Chef Matthew R. McClure
The Hive, 21 C Museum Hotel Bentonville
Named a semifinalist for “Best Chef, South” for 2014, 2015. and 2016 Beard Foundation Awards, Chef Matt McClure was born and raised in Little Rock, where he realized his passion for food. After studying at Vermont’s New England Culinary Institute, McClure honed his skills in Boston and worked at a number of restaurants including No. 9 Park under the direction of Barbara Lynch, a 1996 Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chef and a 2003 Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Northeast. His next posts were at Troque, a boutique restaurant and wine bar and at Harvest located in the heart of Harvard Square, where everything was based on the region’s freshest seasonal products. After years in Boston, the lure of his home was strong and McClure returned to Little Rock, where he worked under Chef Lee Richardson at Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel.
During his tenure, McClure developed a deep appreciation for local ingredients, reinforcing his passion for Arkansas’ food culture. Showcasing the region’s farmers and culinary landscape, McClure’s menus are true to the High South, highlighting ingredients such as black walnuts, freshly milled corn meal, hickory smoked hams, peaches, melons and sweet onions. He describes his food as having Arkansas terroir which means he relies on common locally grown ingredients with their own nuances of flavor determined by the climate and soil in which they were raised.
Chef McClure will be preparing dishes with ingredients found locally. “Great local ingredients give me the ability to offer a unique culinary experience, and I am proud to be from this region as well.”
Helen Lampkin and Ashley Pointer
My Brother’s Salsa and Helen’s Table
What started as Helen’s approach to making the ordinary things in life extraordinary became a family owned and operated business focused on sharing gifts of food around the table.
Helen Lampkin, learned to love cooking as a child while helping her Dad in the kitchen. When her oldest brother gave her a recipe for salsa she put her own spin on it and continued to share her brother’s salsa with family and friends for several years until she finally launched her company in 2003.
The first jar of My Brother’s Salsa hit the store shelves in 2004. Today, this family-owned and operated business has expanded from just her brother’s original recipe to nine different flavors of salsa; including black bean and corn, fire roasted, house, and tomatillo, along with seasonal small batch salsas in cucumber tomato (Mediterranean), Hatch green chile, peach tomatilla, and cranberry orange flavors. The company also recently began making their own line of whole grain organic tortilla chips.
Lampkin said she is also working to rebrand her small-batch salsas under a new sub-brand called Helen’s Table. She’s developing a whole line of new products, from functional art, to decor, tables, and chile roasters. In her spare time, she makes and sells handmade brooms.
Writers’ Panel L to R: Madison Hofmeyer, Laurie Marshall, Heather Disarro, Mel Lockcuff, Talya Boerner, Lyndi Fultz, Sarah White
These incredible, proven writers are ready to answer your questions about your writing issues and concerns. Need style advice? How about writing for publication? Want to know how to make your writing attract more clients? How’s your grammar? Can you become a better storyteller, recipe writer, restaurant reviewer or travel writer? Get your questions ready and be prepared to participate in the discussion.
Debbie Arnold, Foodie Friday Planner
Keisha McKinney and Talya Boerner- Registrars
Lyndi Fultz, Kellee Mayfield and Jodi Coffee – Hostesses
10:30 Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Sister Schubert
11:45 Helen Lampkin and Ashley Pointer — Entrepreneurship
12:30 – 1:15 Break for Lunch (on the grounds of Pratt Place Inn)
By Jeanetta Darley There is beauty in imperfection . . . in the unique . . . and in the awkward. As you walk through a garden you see vegetables and fruits that would never make it to the pristine and homogenized shelves of the grocery store. Their unusual shapes or blemished exteriors might not […]
My husband had a birthday at the end of last month. And, as is customary on this occasion, he received several gifts and cards. One card particularly intrigued me. It held a wad of cash (wahoo!!!) and a note, “since you don’t really have anywhere to go out to eat in your town, buy a […]
By Gina Knuppenberg So you’ve signed up for the Megaphone Summit Influencer conference. Yay! I’ll see you there. What’s that? You’re feeling nervous? Anxious? It’s your first AWB conference or first conference of any kind for that matter? Feeling awkward? No worries. In my experience, awkwardness has been a state of mind. Mostly. I’ll explain […]
By Keri of My Table of Three Keri was born and raised in Southern Arkansas before moving away to experience life in other states during her collage and corporate career. These days she has happily traded in her high heels and that heavy business planner to stay home and work with her husband as well […]
by Susan Anglin, Miss August 2016 When you live on a dairy farm, a typical day is really hard to describe due to dealing with all the things you have no control over such as a thunderstorm that wasn’t predicted the day you are trying to bale hay or the neighbor’s phone call letting you […]
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Blogger of the Month
Susan Anglin is a city girl turned dairy farmer in Northwest Arkansas.She blogs at Spotted CowReview about life on the dairy farm with black and white spotted Holstein cows and her 4th generation dairy farm family. Blogging is an extension of her passion to share how dairy farmers work 365 days a year to produce nutritious milk, care for their animals and protect the environment.Hope you will stop by to meet the herd and find out what truth, treasures, and transitions are happeningdown on the dairyfarm.
Miss January- Janeal Yancey
Miss February - Jeanetta Darley
Miss March - Ramona Collins
Miss April - Karen Jordan
Miss May - Carmella Fryer
Miss June - Dr. Margaret Rutherford
Miss July - Jessica Bauer