The Idea: Just before dusk, on a Sunday evening, a hog farmer, a barbecue man and a chef reminisced about the rich heritage of NC Barbecue — stories of past generations cooking whole hog for a family gathering or for a rival football game on a Saturday afternoon. Ryan, Wyatt and Ben realized someone had to take up the torch and continue to share the sacred knowledge that makes NC barbecue such a coveted tradition. And as the moon rose over Green Button Farm, they had to answer the calling.
Wyatt Dickson – A former lawyer turned barbecue man, the owner of Pig Whistle Whole Hog Barbecue and the chief pig cooker and partner at PICNIC Durham.
Ben Adams – From NYC finance, Adams took a different direction into the culinary field, working all over the country in establishments like McCrady’s in Charleston and as the executive chef at Piedmont in Durham before becoming a chef and partner at PICNIC.
Ryan and Alicia Butler, Owners of Green Button Farm – Returning to N.C. from Baltimore ten years ago, Ryan and Alicia share the farm and their mid century modern farmhouse with their three fantastic little boys: Jackson (11), Gates (9), and Finn (7), Alicia’s mother Catherine, and two Great Danes, Temple Grandin and Cash. Green Button Farm is truly where the wild things grow. Some people in Baltimore still think they live on a tiny Caribbean island, but no – Bahama holds a better version of paradise for this crew.
Green Button Farm - The mission of Green Button Farm is to be a year-round local source for high quality produce and pasture raised poultry, pork and beef grown at our farm using sustainable and responsible principles that result in safe, chemical and antibiotic-free food and a healthy environment. We provide an alternative shopping experience and educate our community about the benefits of eating locally grown foods during all four seasons. We seek to achieve these goals for the community while providing fulfilling and sustainable careers for the farmers. We believe through the profits of our Community Supported Agriculture, we can evolve into an Agriculturally Supported Community.
Triangle Land Conservancy - Proceeds will benefit the Triangle Land Conservancy, whose mission is to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region by safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature through land protection and stewardship, catalyzing community action, and collaboration.
Now that you know a little about the hosts and partners involved in putting together this storied event, click here to check out what you have a chance to bear witness to during our packed schedule of events. And trust us, there’s going to be some succulent hog, fine fixin's and lots of sweet sumpin's to sink your teeth into. And lots of good ol’ storytelling!