Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic draws about 75 people

The Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic drew 75 people on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Centennial Park. Everyone brought dishes made with local ingredients.

The Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic drew 75 people on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Centennial Park. Everyone brought dishes made with local ingredients. by Karrey Britt

Community members gathered Sunday evening in Centennial Park to share dishes made with local ingredients. People brought a wide variety of food -- everything from meatballs and salads to dips and cookies. There was even beer from Free State Brewery!

Everyone had a fun time and the weather wasn't too bad — a little humid, but nobody was complaining.

The event was sponsored by The Merc Community Market & Deli, 901 Iowa, as part of its two-week Eat Local Challenge.

Fun pics from the picnic:

John and Kristen Spencer, Lawrence, and their son Benjamin, attend the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic in Centennial Park. They said the food was "very good."

John and Kristen Spencer, Lawrence, and their son Benjamin, attend the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic in Centennial Park. They said the food was "very good." by Karrey Britt

Chris and Richard Whitson, of Lawrence, attend the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic on Sunday in Centennial Park.

Chris and Richard Whitson, of Lawrence, attend the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic on Sunday in Centennial Park.

Marcy and Al Mauler, of Lawrence, enjoy the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic in Centennial Park. They said, "it's been fun." They were surprised by the variety of foods — all made with local ingredients. They were impressed with the spring rolls.

Marcy and Al Mauler, of Lawrence, enjoy the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic in Centennial Park. They said, "it's been fun." They were surprised by the variety of foods — all made with local ingredients. They were impressed with the spring rolls. by Karrey Britt

Kara Bollinger, left, and Samantha Lyons, both Kansas University graduate students, attend the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Centennial Park. Bollinger is participating in the two-week Challenge, which is sponsored by The Merc.

Kara Bollinger, left, and Samantha Lyons, both Kansas University graduate students, attend the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Centennial Park. Bollinger is participating in the two-week Challenge, which is sponsored by The Merc. by Karrey Britt

Cassie Peters, left, and Crystal Hammerschmidt, both of Lawrence, enjoy the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic in Centennial Park. Hammerschmidt is participating in the Challenge for the first time.

Cassie Peters, left, and Crystal Hammerschmidt, both of Lawrence, enjoy the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic in Centennial Park. Hammerschmidt is participating in the Challenge for the first time. by Karrey Britt

Michael Bradley, left, and Rachael Perry, both of Lawrence, enjoy the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic. Perry brought spring rolls and sushi made with local ingredients.

Michael Bradley, left, and Rachael Perry, both of Lawrence, enjoy the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic. Perry brought spring rolls and sushi made with local ingredients. by Karrey Britt

Lexie Johnson, of Kansas City, visits with Gaylen Knapp, of Bonner Springs, during the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic. Johnson sells Hippie Chow, a gourmet granola made with all natural ingredients. Knapp is a farmer with Knapp Family Farms. Both sell their products at The Merc, 901 Iowa, and were offering food samplings at the picnic.

Lexie Johnson, of Kansas City, visits with Gaylen Knapp, of Bonner Springs, during the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic. Johnson sells Hippie Chow, a gourmet granola made with all natural ingredients. Knapp is a farmer with Knapp Family Farms. Both sell their products at The Merc, 901 Iowa, and were offering food samplings at the picnic. by Karrey Britt

The Prairie Acre band provided music during the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic.

The Prairie Acre band provided music during the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic. by Karrey Britt

A small sampling of the food:

A recipe using cucumbers and red onions.

A recipe using cucumbers and red onions.

Salad using local tomatoes.

Salad using local tomatoes. by Karrey Britt

Salad containing rice, tomatoes and other yummy ingredients.

Salad containing rice, tomatoes and other yummy ingredients. by Karrey Britt

Sushi and a spring roll at right. Yum! The spring rolls quickly disappeared.

Sushi and a spring roll at right. Yum! The spring rolls quickly disappeared. by Karrey Britt

The winning dish:

Lynate Pettengill, Lawrence, won the "best dish" contest at the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Centennial Park. She brought rhubarb pie that didn't last long — she's holding the empty dish. She used local rhubarb and her grandma's recipe. The winner was decided by those who attended the picnic.

Lynate Pettengill, Lawrence, won the "best dish" contest at the Eat Local Challenge Community Potluck Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Centennial Park. She brought rhubarb pie that didn't last long — she's holding the empty dish. She used local rhubarb and her grandma's recipe. The winner was decided by those who attended the picnic. by Karrey Britt

Lynate (pronounced luh nae) Pettengill, of Lawrence, received a $50 gift card to The Merc for her rhubarb pie. She used rhubarb from her garden and her grandmother's pie recipe.

Lynate said her grandma — the late Marguerite Pettengill, who was born and raised in Lawrence — was known as the "pie queen." She would make pies for birthdays, instead of cakes.

"Making pies has been a very sweet way for me to remember my grandmother, an incredibly loving, generous woman who was a great influence in my life," she said.

Lynate was kind enough to share the recipe:

Grandma Pettengill's pie crust:

• 1 cup wheat flour

• 1 1/2 cups white all purpose flour

• 1 cup shortening

• 7 tablespoons water

Sift flour into a large bowl. Add the shortening and mix together with a large fork until crumbly. Then add water and mix together. Roll out half onto a floured surface. Place in bottom of pie pan. Roll out other half and place on top after pie filling is added. Cut off excess edges. Crimp top and bottom together. Cover outer 1/2 inch of pie crust with aluminum foil so edges don't burn (or you can buy a pie ring that serves this purpose, too). Poke holes or pattern into top of pie. Place on baking pan in case filling runs over. Bake at 425 for 35-40 minutes, longer if fruit filling was frozen. Pie crust should be golden brown when done. Let cool before serving.

Grandma Pettengill's rhubarb pie filling (could use for other fruit, too):

• 6 cups rhubarb (if frozen, let thaw and then drain excess moisture)

• 1 1/2 cups sugar

• 1/2 cup flour

• 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

• 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl. Add rhubarb and stir to coat. Place in pie crust. Cut butter into small sections and spread around on top evenly. Top with second half of pie crust and follow the rest of the pie crust recipe.

If you have a recipe that uses local ingredients, please share it here on WellCommons! We'd love to try it.

Tagged: Eat Local Challenge, local food

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