Harvest Dinner Wrap Up

October 6, 2011 |  by  |  Blog

Oh what a night… The 4th annual Harvest Dinner night was a smashing success this year. Through the joint efforts of many amazing volunteers, chefs and board members the dinner came together beautifully. The market site was absolutely transformed and 120 guests were treated to a six course feast.

The night started with colorful appetizers of albacore crostini, caprese skewers, prosciutto wrapped melon and raw beet dumplings, all paired with a glass of dry Prosecco. The fish course was a seared monkfish fillet with warm vegetables and a lemon caper vinaigrette. The main omnivorous dish was a mouth-watering brown sugar brined and smoked pork loin. Conversely, the vegan dishes included a grilled seitan-polenta with basil-white bean pesto and veggies followed by stuffed delicate squash with pear chutney. This was all followed by a decadent flight of specially cheeses (we even had a vegan cheese course!) To top it all off, was a mouth watering peach and plum napoleon or a raw chocolate chai cheesecake. Each course came with a specialty wine pairing that complimented the unique flavors of each dish.

As for the décor, we went in a different route than in years past. We opted for long farm-style tables and family style plating. The look was ‘rustic elegance’ with mason jars, burlap runners, twine accents, candles, re-purposed wine bottles, and lots and lots of dahlias. The music by Halcyon Strings was stunning and set the mood for the entire evening. The event felt warm, cozy, and bright despite the gray and rainy evening.

Beth Kluvers and her husband Paul

Pulling off an event like this is no small feat, and we’d like to recognize all the amazing people who worked on the Harvest dinner. First and foremost, this dinner would not be possible without a wonderful lady named Beth Kluvers. Beth is one of the founding members of our market and sits on the board as the official treasurer. She worked tirelessly to pull together all the fine details of this dinner and we couldn’t do it without all her love and attention. If you see Beth around, tell her how much you appreciate her. We also owe a big thanks to all our volunteers that helped with planning, decorating, staffing and overall just being so amazing and willing to help. Further, we can’t forget our dinner sponsors and those who donated to the silent auction.  Last, but certainly not least, we are so grateful to our local chefs for their love of food and their commitment of time and talent.

All that being said, we hope that you all enjoyed the Harvest Dinner as much as we did. It was a gorgeous celebration of local food and community, and more importantly the dinner raised funds to increase food accessibility through the Everybody Eats program.

Feel free to check out all the pictures from the evening, which were provided by Russell Young of Studio 3024.

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback on the 4th Annual Harvest dinner, we’d love to hear from you. Leave us your comments below.


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