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Chefs doing cool things

Rock star chef Vivian Howard and actual rock stars Scott Avett and Joe Kwon of the Avett Brothers will be on hand for the Lomax Benefit Dinner May 15 in Concord.

The $1,000-a-ticket event is one effort to sustain the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm, a certified-organic training farm heralded as the only of its kind in the Southeast. It’ll be held at the restored Queen Anne Victorian venue called Ritchie Hill, at 391 Union St. S. in Concord. The dinner was offered as one reward in a fundraiser (called Barnraiser, and think Kickstarter for food); you can take a look at that pitch above and register for the event here, through the nonprofit Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Howard, of Kinston’s Chef & The Farmer restaurant and the PBS show “A Chef’s Life,” will use produce from Lomax and other area farms in the meal she prepares.

The Lomax Farm was founded by Cabarrus County. It transferred operation of it to CFSA last year. The farm offers land to beginning farmers through a training program.

Fig Tree chef helps support scholarship

Chef Greg Zanitsch of The Fig Tree in Charlotte is one of six chefs taking part in the second annual “Fish to Fork” weekend April 30-May 3 at Omni Amelia Island (Fla.) Plantation Resort. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation scholarship program.

The chefs will go out fishing with Amelia Island charter captains, then cook up the catch in a competition May 2. Tickets to that are $95: 1-800-648-9999; www.fish-to-fork.com.