(From Jim Eisenstein)
Fall in Central Pennsylvania brings the bounty, beauty, and variety of the late summer and fall harvest. To celebrate it, the Boalsburg Farmers Market in cooperation with the Mount Nittany Winery is sponsoring its “Plow to Plate Harvest Dinner” featuring the vegetables and fruits that ripen as the last of summer’s crops are replaced by those that thrive in the fall.
Some of the best chefs in Happy Valley will prepare main dishes from sustainably produced local meat and poultry, soups and side dishes from tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, garlic, onions, melons, acorn and butternut squash, pumpkins, kale, spinach, lettuce, fall greens, and apples. Guests will also enjoy a variety of wonderful deserts.
The dinner will be held at the beautiful Mt. Nittany Winery on Wednesday, September 10, and will gather a number of our area’s best chefs, including
- Duke Gastinger (Spats Café)
- Jonathan Forshey (Gamble Mill)
- Harrison Schailey (Harrison’s Wine Grill)
- Jeremiah McClanahan (Fasta Pasta)
- Andy Rose (Elk Creek Cafe)
- Ben Stanley (El Gringo)
- Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers
- Samantha Doan (Nola’s Wood Fired Oven)
Each will each have a food station featuring ingredients obtained from Tuesday’s Boalsburg Farmers Market, and prepared fresh for the dinner on Wednesday.
Tickets ($35 per adult, kids under 12 free) are available at the Boalsburg Farmers Market (Tuesdays, 2:00 to 6:00 at the Pa Military Museum in Boalsburg), at Webster’s Café, 133 E. Beaver Ave. in State College, and at the Tait Farm Store on Route 322 East of Boalsburg.
Vineyard and Winery tours begin at 5:00 PM, with dinner starting at 6:00. The Winery is located at 300 Houser Road, off of Brush Valley Road.
In addition to tours of the vineyard and winery, guests will be able to talk both with the chefs and some of the Boalsburg Farmers Market farmers throughout the evening about their farms and the joys and challenges of growing food for the local community. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of Mt. Nittany wine, and Picker and Papa will be playing and singing.
Speaking of the event, market co-manager Tony Sapia observed:
“This will be a celebration of local food and wine, a tribute to the quality and variety of the local food available at the Boalsburg Farmers Market, and an opportunity to meet some of our best local chefs AND farmers.”
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Boalsburg Farmers’ Market Learning Kitchens, State College Area School District Elementary School Teaching Gardens, and the Friends and Farmers Food Cooperative.