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This Sunday, May 4, Legume Bistro's Trevett Hooper and two other chefs will join forces to put right on the plate the issue of factory farms' misuse of livestock antibiotics.

They'll be doing so by serving a dinner at Legume featuring meat that is free of antibiotics and added hormones, which is the kind of meat the Oakland restaurant always serves.

Also cooking that night are to be kindred spirits Kevin Costa of Crested Duck Charcuterie and Steven Beachy of Marty's Market.

Their goal, according to Mr. Hooper, "is to bring the conversation about the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms into dining culture. In the same way that chefs have helped to raise awareness of other food-related environmental issues such as over-fishing and organic farming, we think chefs can help on the issue of antibiotics in our food system."

This "Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Dinner" runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, costs $90 per person (including drinks, tax and tip) and is a fundraiser for Food and Water Watch, which gets all proceeds (after expenses) to fund its campaign to end the misuse of antibiotics.

Starting at 5 p.m., the group will set up a table of resources for attendees to peruse during a "social hour" featuring Crested Duck charcuterie (including duck-breast prosciutto) and Arsenal cider. The dinner is four courses featuring healthy meats from local family farms paired with local beverages.

Chef Hooper sent the full menu:

Grilled Early-Season Escarole with Mustard Vinaigrette, Croutons, Pickled Turnips

Paired with: Fred Loimer, Gruner Veltliner, Austria 2012

Crispy Clarion River Organics Pork Belly, Chile Caramel, Herb Salad, Jasmine Rice

Paired with: Cantina di Sorbara, Lambrusco di Sobara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy NV

Jamison Farm Lamb Shoulder Braised with the Last of Last Summer's Who Cooks for You Tomatoes, Fresh Gemelli

Paired with: I Fabbri, Chianti Classico, Greve 2010

Buttermilk Sorbet with Brandied Chambersburg Peaches

For more information and tickets, visit legumebistro.com.


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