News Date: 02/23/2010

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is pleased to announce new members Chad Zakaib of Jefferson Vineyards, Kathy Davis of Richmond-based Pohlig Brothers, Kate Collier of FEAST! in Charlottesville and Steven Lynch of Montebello Kitchens in Gordonsville have joined Virginia’s Specialty Food Advisory Committee.

Todd P. Haymore, former VDACS Commissioner and current Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry under Governor Bob McDonnell, created the committee in 2007 to collaborate with and advise the department on various aspects involving the marketing and promotion of Virginia’s specialty food industry.

 “I am pleased to welcome the new members and their particular expertise and private sector backgrounds to the Specialty Food Advisory Committee.  Working together with the committee’s current members, these individuals will help guide VDACS’ marketing and promotion efforts, including the Virginia’s Finest program, on behalf of the state’s successful and growing specialty food industry,” said Haymore.

The Committee has announced that its annual educational conference will take place March 22 – 23 in Richmond in conjunction with the biennial Virginia Food and Beverage Expo scheduled March 24 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. (Contact: Kendra Bailey Morris, 804-786-2287)