Push to use more local foods in Winston-Salem restaurants

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Local growers met recently with Piedmont chefs and restaurant owners to see how they can get more of their goods into their kitchens.

Chefs like Jay Pierce say working with Piedmont producers is a good deal for everyone.

"If we are spending money in our community, we are investing in cooks and growers. They are taking that money and spending it here as well. It builds a stronger community," Pierce said.

Also, chefs and owners say customers want to see more local ingredients in their meals. That's why restaurant owners and chefs are encouraging farmers to research restaurants and get to know the cooks.

Ray Tuegel with Plum Granny Farm in Stokes County feels this approach will be good for his farm.

"We are looking to have growth,” he said. “So when we make deliveries, we are going to a lot of restaurants and that helps us."

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