Saturday, July 30, 2011


A press release from Healthy Food for All:

– a fine dining benefit gala to support Healthy Food For All

Culinary enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this opportunity to experience a memorable fine dining event in the stunningly beautiful fields of Early Morning Farm featuring a locally sourced gourmet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Gregory Rhoad of Aurora Inn and paired with wine from Bet the Farm Winery.

Starting at 5pm guests will enjoy a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception with live music and an optional farm tour followed by a five course dinner paired with wine.

The menu will be created from the food harvested from just steps away and prepared in front of guests with a beautiful evening view of the summer sunset. Throughout the evening, guest farmers, winemakers, specialty food producers and chefs will share the stories behind the making of our region's best culinary fare.

All proceeds will benefit Healthy Food For All, a partnership of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County with family-owned farms to make fresh produce accessible to households with limited income. Every year harvest dinners on area farms raise funds to provide over 125 WIC & Food Stamp eligible families with a bountiful assortment of local organic produce from June through November for a price they can afford through subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. Healthy Food for All participants can also take free nutritional cooking classes and food preservation workshops to gain skills and ideas of how to prepare the variety of produce in their shares.

Tickets start at $75 per person (all-inclusive) and may be purchased by going to or contacting or 607-342-8845.  Seating is limited so purchase early!

This is the third in a series of six harvest dinners on area farms to benefit Healthy Food For All. For the full schedule of 2011 harvest dinners with menus and more info, please visit or contact
Come taste local foods made extraordinary and savor the finest of the Finger Lakes while benefiting a successful farmer-driven initiative to make the bounty of healthy food produced in our region accessible to all.

For further information on Healthy Food For All:
Elizabeth Karabinakis at (607) 272-2292 or

Ticket sales & reservations: or (607) 342-8845

Early Morning Farm Harvest Dinner
August 7, 2011

Hors D’oeuvres
Watermelon Gazpacho Shooters
Beef Carpaccio, Tomato Relish and Basil Aioli
Vegetable Summer Rolls, Sesame Honey Dipping Sauce

First Course
Chilled Corn Soup, Shiso Leaves

Second Course
Heirloom Beet, Goat Cheese & Farmer Green Salad

Red Current Spritzer

Main Course (Family Style)
Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Pork Loin, Peach Compote
Cayuga Lake Potatoes with Lemon &Dill
Pastured Chicken Ballantine, Tomato Fennel Minestrone & Swiss Chard
Summer Succotash
Organic Spelt, Local Feta & Fava Beans
Cucumber, Tomato & Sweet Onion Salad 

Apricot & Blueberry Tart, Vanilla Cream Custard

Harvest Dinner 2011 Schedule
  • June 19 – at Remembrance Farm with Chef Scott Signori of Stonecat Café & wines by Damiani Wine Cellars
  • July 17 - Sweet Land Farm, menu prepared Hazelnut Kitchen paired with wines from Atwater Vineyards and Billsboro Winery
  • August 7– at Early Morning Farm, Chef Gregory Rhoad of Aurora Inn and paired with wines from Bet the Farm
  • September 17 – Autumn’s Harvest Farm with Chef Samantha Buyskes of Simply Red Bistro paired with wines from Hosmer Winery
  • October 2 at Stick & Stone Farm with a menu and wines from Red Newt Cellars Winery and Bistro
  • November 13 at West Haven Farm with a menu prepared by Just a Taste Restaurant paired with specialty Brews from Ithaca Beer

Sponsored by the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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