Wind Creek Hospitality announces regional food initiative

Michael Perhaes, vice president of marketing for Wind Creek Hospitality, discusses 'Wind Creek's Southern Table: Setting a Place for Good Food' on Friday morning in Montgomery.
Michael Perhaes, vice president of marketing for Wind Creek Hospitality, discusses ‘Wind Creek’s Southern Table: Setting a Place for Good Food’ on Friday morning in Montgomery.

A new initiative from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians is focused on the farm.

Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), formerly PCI Gaming, on Friday announced plans to promote regional food and promote healthy lifestyles in partnership with local food organizations.

“Wind Creek’s Southern Table: Setting a Place For Good Food” is spearheaded by WCH President Jay Dorris. The initiative is designed to “promote the culinary industry and its traditions, and support locally grown and produced food,” according to WCH.

“We’ll be trying to accomplish a number of things simultaneously,” said Michael Perhaes, WCH vice president of marketing. “We want to help local distributors get food onto tables of restaurants and help suppliers by doing a better job of purchasing more locally grown food.”

Perhaes said the locally grown food will be served at the restaurants and buffet at Wind Creek Wetumpka, the hotel and casino in Elmore County.

Other goals in the initiative include helping with efforts across the region to feed the hungry and supporting programs that teach about healthy food and healthy living. To help accomplish that, WCH has teamed up with EAT South, owners of urban farms in Montgomery, and Front Porch Revival, an organization that comprises regional culinary professionals.

Edwin Marty, executive director of EAT South, said their goal is to change habits.

“We’re convinced that if every child in Alabama could come to our farms and run through our programs that we’ll start changing some of the dietary diseases that are plaguing our community,” Marty said. “We can’t do that alone. Wind Creek Hospitality has been fantastic in supporting the work that we do.”

WCH has sponsored Good Food Day programs, focused on showing the path of food from the ground to the plate, and plans to continue doing so with a new addition. The “Good to Go” food truck will be on site at future EAT South programs to help showcase the preparation and cooking of food on site.

The food truck also will be traveling the region in the near future, bringing “A Taste of Wind Creek” along with it. Perhaes said the truck will have a nonprofit presence in the community.

“The truck will show up at food banks on a regular basis to help with the distribution, and in some cases preparation, of healthy foods for families in need,” Perhaes said.

Any revenue generated from event appearances will be donated to the charity partners of WHC, Perhaes said. The “Good to Go” truck will be at today’s exhibition game between the Montgomery Biscuits and Tampa Bay Rays at Riverwalk Stadium. Perhaes said $5 sliders will be available during the seventh-inning stretch.