Slow Food Charleston, an organization that focuses on preserving and sharing local foods and traditions, has designated October 12th-18th as “Goatober Week,” an effort supporting Heritage Foods USA's national “No Goat Left Behind” campaign. During the aforementioned week, area restaurants will serve special goat dishes. Plus, a "Goatober Roast" is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th at the Palmetto Brewing Company.
The “No Goat Left Behind” campaign’s goal is to have more male heritage goats served at restaurants or sold to consumers. Why? Here's an explanation from Heritage Foods USA:
"In order to make cheese, animals on the farm must be producing milk. And to make milk, mothers must be giving birth and having many babies, consistently.
In the case of goat dairies across America, the birth of a male goat creates a dilemma for the farmer: there is no established good market for goat, so male goats are usually sold at birth onto the commodity market where their quality of life significantly diminishes or they are disposed of before their time, thus the reason for No Goat Left Behind."
The following restaurants will have a special goat dish on their menus during Charleston's Goatober Week: Basico, The Glass Onion, The Grocery, Indaco, Middleton Place, and Roti Rolls.
The Goatober Roast will run from 6 pm to 6 pm and includes a variety of goat dishes created by chefs:
- Bradley Grozis from the Wild Olive
- Bryan Cates from Basico
- Kevin Getz from Indaco
- Kevin Johnson from The Grocery
- Kevin Mitchell from the Culinary Institute of Charleston,
- Robert Stehling from Hominy Grill and Chick’s Fry House
Tickets are $40 for Slow Food members and $50 for non-members and includes food from the chef stations and one beverage ticket. Patrick Martins of Heritage Foods USA will be in attendance to sign copies of his book The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat. Plus, the V-Tones will be providing entertainment for the Roast. Tickets may be purchased online.
Here's some additional facts from Heritage Foods USA:
- Goat is also the most popular protein in the world
- It is a lean, nutritious source of meat and has a lower carbon footprint than pork, beef, or lamb