The realm of Super Bowl party snacks will take a giant step forward Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Who needs salsa when ginger-peach chutney is available?

Meadville Market House will introduce a taste of things to come at the Market House and share new snacking ideas during “Local Chefs Meet Local Foods,” the first of four events focusing on new uses for foods originating in western and central Pennsylvania.

The Market House’s first shipment of raw-milk organic cheese will be featured in Saturday’s tasting extravaganza, which will also include beef and apple meatballs with Asian plum sauce plus smoked turkey and chutney wraps. The first taste of newly-arrived gourmet mustard will also be available.

As Market Master Alice Sjolander of The French Creek Project works with members of Crawford County’s agricultural community to develop cheeses, meats and value-added products to offer for sale at the Market House, she’s also scouring Pennsylvania and neighboring Ohio for products that will inspire both local buyers and local producers.

“These are basically place-holders until we get more local products,” Sjolander said of the offerings that will debut Saturday, including assorted condiments from Tait Farm Foods in Centre County and mustard from Miller Mustard Co. in Gibsonia. “This will get products in there — and help local people investigate the realm of possibilities,” she said.

Future “Local Chefs” sessions at the Market House, scheduled for Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, include:

* Jan. 28 — Winter comfort foods

* Feb. 11 — Valentine’s Day treats, children’s crafts and cookie decorating

* Feb. 18 — President’s Day treats, children’s crafts and cupcake decorating.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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