Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

On Saturday night we gathered beneath a green and white circus tent at the community gardens, for a Farm to Table benefit dinner sponsored by Wilmington College's food service provider, Sodexo.

The proceeds from the event will go toward expanding our community garden from 20 to 40 plots in 2010, so it was only a little symbolic that the tables were set-up on the land where the new garden plots will be built.

The menu for the dinner was excellent, and Sodexo deserves credit for sourcing all of the meal from local producers (if not directly from our college farm). For an appetizer, guests drank BLT and melon & prosciutto shooters and ate three types of vegetable tapenade on flatbread. The salad was topped with local cheese and roasted corn relish. The main course featured chicken stuffed with late summer vegetables, smoked tomato vinaigrette, roasted baby vegetables, potato caramelized leek gratin and corn fritters. For dessert there were mini caramel apples, homemade ice cream in pate choux and angel food cake topped with fresh cream and local berries. In few words, the dinner was amazing.

Photos of the night:

Mariah and Sonja at our information table.

The menu for the dinner, printed on seed paper that, when planted, will flower.

The chefs for the dinner talking a little bit about where the food came from and how it was prepared. They deserved all the applause they received.

Saturday night was another successful "first" for us, and we were honored to have our efforts recognized by Sodexo and Wilmington College.

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