D'Annunzio Italian Bread in Clarksburg supplied pepperoni rolls, a Mountain State staple.
Crudities and other fresh vegetables added color to most stations and dominated the salad station, many supplied by The Purple Onion and Capitol Market. Mock's Greenhouse & Farm in Berkeley Springs supplied the hydroponically grown greens and tomatoes.
"That's a great story. He started with one greenhouse for greens and now has 14 for produce," McConnell said.
Dips were flavored with mixes from Ordinary Evelyn's in Clay. After building their salads, guests could dress them with Wilted Lettuce Dressing, which is just as good on unwilted greens, by Appalachian Mountain Specialties in Sandyville.
"I thought the meat and salad stations were really nice. People don't equate that with West Virginia," McConnell said. "This event was as good for the staff and farmers as it was for the people who ate."
Cornmeal milled at Jackson's Mill in Weston provided the main ingredient at the top-your-own polenta and grits station. A sweet potato bar offered a vegetarian option.
Apple crisp at the dessert station naturally included Golden Delicious apples, which originated in Clay, and were supplied by Orr's Farm Market and Orchard in Martinsburg.
Many of these West Virginia products are available in the Almost Heaven Market in the Capitol Market and Tamarack in Beckley. Bob's Farm Market sponsored the reception.
For information on the Small Farm Center of WVU Extension Service, visit smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu or call 304-293-2715. For more information on West Virginia food products, visit www.wvagriculture.org.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.