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12th Annual Buy Local Cookout-Featuring Chef Ken Plante

Press Release July 15, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Chef Ken Plante of Saval Foodservice will be featured at the 12th Annual Buy Local Cookout.

Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the finalists for the 12th Annual Buy Local Cookout, hosted by Governor Hogan himself and First Lady Yumi Hogan. This event will be featuring 16 recipes submitted by local chefs, and it is a celebration of Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, which will take place from July 20-28. The cookout will be held at the Government House on Thursday, July 18.

Chef Ken Plante’s recipe Jalapeno and Peach Gazpacho with Blackened Chesapeake Blue Catfish was selected as one of the 16 finalists in the cookout, and will be presented as an appetizer at the event. He will be representing Howard County along with producer Jamie Bowling, who catches Chesapeake blue catfish on The Ellen fishing boat in Charles County.

Ken is the Chef at Saval Foodservice with 30 years of culinary experience. With his skills, he brings a dynamic, innovative energy to the food service community. Saval Foodservice is the largest independent broadline foodservice distributor in Maryland, celebrating 87 years of serving the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Saval is thrilled to support this event, which gives exposure to Maryland’s farmers and local produce,” said Paul Saval, President of Saval Foodservice.

For more information about the 2019 Governor’s Buy Local Cookout or the Buy Local Cookbook, contact Karen Fedor at or 410-841-5773.

Saval Foodservice is a family owned business, established in 1932 and is the largest independent broad line food distributor serving the independent restaurant trade in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please call Bryan Bernstein 410-379-5100 or visit

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