Main Street Portsmouth esteems farm fresh food worthy of honor, and in light of this, will host the annual fundraiser and celebration, the ‘Farm to Table Dinner’ on Aug. 4, at 6 p.m., at the Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Friends Center.
The community will gather for a celebration of local farmers and crafters over a five-course meal, prepared by Chef Scott Claypool, with ingredients coming from local sources. The menu being planned by Claypool will feature curried goat with a peach relish, a deviled egg salad with kale and roasted beet, a mint sorbet, cabbage rolls with sauerkraut tomato sauce, and a Bavarian cream and berry torte.
Main Street Portsmouth Promotional Chairwoman and Farmers Market founder Laurell DeAtley, said the Farm to Table Dinner has evolved into a special event and continues to see growth each year.
“We started this dinner as a way to give thanks to supporters and vendors of our Farmers Market,” DeAtley said. “The dinner has really grown into something special, growing each year. I think it is a testament that people like farm fresh food and Scott does a beautiful job at showing how it can be done.”
Henceforth, in recent years, with an ever increasing number in attendance to the Farm to Table Dinner, it has been moved to the SOMC Friends Center, to allow more room for the guests.
The dinner will also include a live pie auction, which features a plethora of specialty pies baked by market vendors and volunteers.
“There is such a variety of pie types and flavors,” DeAtley said. “You never really know what you’re going to get at these auctions until you’re there.”
DeAtley explained that the auction is something of fun and rivalry, with pies ranging from $30 to $300, all of which supports the mission of bettering downtown Portsmouth.
Main Street Portsmouth Executive Director Joseph Pratt said there is a sparked interest in farmers markets and fresh food.
“Interest in farmers markets and fresh food options has grown in popularity to the benefit of local farmers, as well we everyone’s health,” Pratt said. “Southern Ohio Medical Center has been one of our largest supporters since we’ve been formed and we are blessed to have them to assist in the larger space. Not to mention, the help of SOMC’s Jennifer Schackart is beyond invaluable. She can plan the heck out of any party and adds a major zing to everything we have at SOMC; the space is always truly beautiful.”
Tickets for the event are currently available at the Main Street Portsmouth Farmers Market on the Esplanade, each Saturday morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, as well as the Main Street Portsmouth office in the Scioto County Welcome Center, at 342 Second St. Someone may also be reached by phone, 740-464-0203.
Admission is by reservation for $25 adult and $12 child under 13. Any tickets remaining are limited and will be sold at the door for $30.
“This is a friendly event of fresh food and neighbors,” Pratt said. “The Farmers Market community is such a welcoming family. I think everyone who can attend this function will not only leave with full stomachs, but will do so better educated about what local farmers and vendors offer and feel more connected to an important part of the community.”
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