Dinner to showcase local, homegrown flavor


HUNTINGBURG — An upcoming dinner literally in the middle of Fourth Street will feature foods from the Huntingburg Farmers Market.

Destination Huntingburg is hosting The Farmers Table, which will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, on Fourth Street between Jackson and Van Buren streets.

“This event is to promote what we have available here,” said Sarah Flamion, executive director of Designation Huntingburg. “We really wanted to showcase our farmers market vendors. There may be people who don’t know we have a farmers market, or just don’t utilize it.

“I personally go shop there every week, to get my stuff for the week,” she added. “By doing that, I know where it’s coming from; I know who is growing it.”

Three chefs called the “Brew Crew” will prepare the meal. They include: Holland resident and “MasterChef” competitor Elizabeth Wertman, Brew owner Josh Premuda and staffer Jordan Hughes. They will cook the meal outside, in the view of diners.

The chefs are planning to make two entrees: a breaded turkey breast, homemade egg noodles, and gnocchi with a garlic cream sauce; and a ratatouille, which is zucchini and yellow squash in a sauce. The other items to be served “will depend on what the farmers have available in two weeks,” Flamion said.

The meal will be done in four courses: appetizers, a salad, the entree and a dessert.

“The turkey, sausage and pork that will be used is being donated by local farmers, our produce is coming from our vendors. All of our food is being provided locally,” Flamion said. “I was happily surprised how many people jumped on this, wanting to contribute.”

Tables will set up in the middle of Fourth Street in front of City Hall.

The event will start with a happy hour, at which time diners can mingle, watch the chefs as they cook, pick up appetizers from the appetizer table and listen to bluegrass band The Strings of Indian Creek perform.

Monkey Hollow Winery and St. Benedict’s Brew Works will provide the alcohol to those who can drink legally.

The other three courses will be served to diners at their tables.

Flamion hopes the event will be a great dining experience as well as a learning experience.

“We want to show people how they can take food from the farm to the table with ease, and not be so intimidated to try doing it themselves,” she said. “That’s why we are going to have it cooked on site, so that people can see foods being used and can get advice on how to use different foods.”

Tickets for The Farmers Table are $40 per person. They are available at City Hall, Old National Bank and German American Bank in Huntingburg. Flamion can also deliver tickets; contact her at 812-301-2209 or by email at sarah@destinationhuntingburg.com.

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