Beyond Hunger: Feast in the Field

— by Danielle Greenberg

On May 18, Heifer International hosted “Beyond Hunger: Feast in the Field,” a farm to fork celebration to raise funds and awareness for sustainable agriculture benefiting the Arkansas Delta and Nepal.  Heifer International is a global development nonprofit and partners with the world’s poor, through gifts of livestock and training, to help them become self-reliant. The nonprofit provides 30 kinds of livestock, trees, seeds and training in environmentally-sound agriculture to families in more than 40 countries, including the United States, Nepal, China, Brazil, Rwanda, and Armenia.  

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At Feast in the Field, guests enjoyed a family-style dinner featuring local foods prepared by the award winning executive chefs Joël Antunes and Ben Willis-Becker from Little Rock’s Capital Hotel. Guests also heard from distinguished speakers, Heifer project participants and a special musical performance by Cody Below, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”  Chef Tandra Watkins has graciously shared her recipe for strawberry shortcake.  It is a homemade vanilla shortcake topped with fresh, locally grown strawberries and homemade vanilla whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake

Shortcake:

  • 180g cake flour
  • 450g white chocolate, melted
  • 360g unsalted butter, softened
  • 240g egg yolks
  • 360g egg whites
  • 270g granulated sugar
  1. Thoroughly incorporate butter into melted chocolate. Whip the egg yolks and stir them into the chocolate mixture. Meanwhile, begin whipping egg whites, adding the sugar a little at a time, whip to soft peaks. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in two parts.
  2. Fold the sifted cake flour into the batter, pour the batter into a greased 9″ cake pan filling it ¾ of the way to the top.
  3. Bake at 325ºFfor 25-30 minutes, or until the cake is done. Allow to cool, store well wrapped under refrigeration

Assembly:

  • Sweet whipped cream
  • Sliced Strawberries, sweetened with sugar

About Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.