By Jan Worth-Nelson
“Mixdown,” a culinary event celebrating the nonprofit Flint Local 432, a longtime downtown music and arts venue, is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Oct. 7 at the Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First St.
The event will feature walk-around tasting, chef demonstrations, a 432 history display, and beer, wine, and cocktail bars.
According to publicist Erin Archuleta, the food fest started last year as a 30th anniversary celebration for Flint Local, but was so popular that planners decided to make it an annual event.
Chefs who have confirmed for the event include Flint foodies Sean Gartland (Flint Food Works), Hannah Kovalcheck (Local Grocer & Soggy Bottom), Danny Moilanen (Vehicle City Tacos), Keysa Smith (Spectacular Spudz), Tony Vu (MaMang). Hailing from New York City is Jonathan Short (Lafayette Grand Café and Bakery, Savoy) and from San Francisco is Tim Archuleta (Ichi Sushi) and Charles Siegel (Charles’ Chocolates).
The event also will feature offerings from Shorts Brewery and specialty cocktails from Ken Latz of Soggy Bottom. More information is available at www.FlintLocal432.org, Archuleta said.
She added the event is expected to sell out, as it did last year. For ticketing information and chef and event announcements, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/957963287655499/
Since it opened in 1985, The Local has offered an alcohol-free music and arts “safe space” venue for area youth and other music devotees. It operates under the umbrella of Red Ink Flint, which describes itself as “a youth-serving organization offering programs in the arts, STEAM and the outdoors.” It is open more than 150 nights a year.
Historically The Local has hosted a diverse range of performances and performers from punk to poetry slams, hip hop to documentary films, comedy night. live theater, and puppetry. More information about the Local, including a complete concert schedule, can be found at www.flintlocal432.org.
EVM Editor Jan Worth-Nelson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.