Southern Connection one of the providers taking part in Governor’s Buy Local Challenge cookout

ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan has announced that 15 recipes that will be featured at the 8th Annual Buy Local Cookout, which celebrates Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, July 18-26, and encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown, made or harvested product each day. Recipes for the event, submitted by teams of Maryland chefs and producers, were selected for their availability of ingredients, geographic representation, maximum use of local ingredients and creativity. The cookout, which be hosted by Governor Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan, will be held at Government House on Thursday, July 16.
Southern Connection Seafood in Crisfield is one of the participants by providing crab meat for a side titled Crab, Corn and Tomato Bisque.
“The Buy Local Cookout is a great opportunity to showcase the many businesses that support our farmers through buying local – from grocery store chains, to distributors, restaurants and institutions,” said Governor Hogan. “Buying local gives consumers fresher, more nutritious and better-tasting food, and it helps to keep Maryland’s agricultural industry strong, diverse and sustainable I thank all of the talented chefs who submitted recipes this year.”
Earlier this year, Governor Hogan invited teams of chefs and producers to submit original recipes that highlight the diversity of local products. Some 37 recipes were submitted; and 15 were selected. First Lady Hogan and Government House chefs will provide an entrée and salad for the cookout.
All recipe submissions will be published in the 2015 Buy Local Cookout Recipes, which will include wine, beer or spirits pairing recommendations from the Maryland Wineries Association, Brewers Association of Maryland and the newly formed Maryland Distillers Guild. The cookbook will be available online when completed next month.
The following recipes were selected to be prepared at the cookout: