MEDINA, NY- Farm-to-table community dinners are growing in popularity across the country. This summer, Medina will host one of its own.
The village's first Annual Farm-to-Table Community Dinner will be held Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:00PM, with a rain date of Thursday, August 11 at 7:00PM. For this year's inaugural event, the community dinner will be sponsored by two local companies: Zambistro, a firmly established and highly regarded Medina restaurant, and Pride Pak, Inc, one of the newest members of Medina's business family.
According to organizers, Medina's event will deliver a sensational locally-sourced meal in the middle of Medina's Main Street Historic District. Proceeds will support the Canal Village Farmers' Market (CVFM). The meal itself will be a full five-course dinner, prepared by chef Michael Zambito. Each course will feature pairings from local Niagara Wine Trail wineries, 810 Meadworks and another Western New York brewery.
Farm-to-table dinners often take place on the farm in an intimate field or orchard setting, but many have developed into larger, community events.
One such gathering inspired a small group in Medina to formulate plans for their own dinner: the inspiration came from a captivating photograph published in Grit magazine depicting a farm to table dinner served in Jonesborough, Tennessee. There, white linen covered tables decorated with fresh cut flowers stretched the length of the town's nineteenth century historic Main Street. Dozens of locals were treated to a decadent, chef-prepared meal. The outdoor setting, locally crafted meal, and the soft summer light together engendered a feeling of warmth and camaraderie Medina's organizers knew they could emulate right here.
Three individuals have been at the helm this year preparing for the August event: Medina Farm Market Manager Gail Miller, Medina Business Association President Cindy Robinson, Orleans Renaissance Group President Chris Busch, and Zambistro restaurant's own renowned local chef Michael Zambito.
"Medina has the setting, the chef, and the farm-fresh, local ingredients to make such an event a success," said Robinson. "Our very own Main Street is the perfect place for a farm-to-table dinner. We're confident Chef Zambito is going to create an epic dinner.
Tickets are limited to 100 at $100 each. They are available online at bentshall.org/tickets, at 585-210-9674, at the English Rose Tea Shoppe, 527 Main St., Medina and at Zambistro, 408 Main Street, Medina.
To join the Renaissance Group, where one may take part in organizing and participating in such ventures, visit bentshall.org/contact.