It was another sell-out crowd for Downtown Washington Inc.’s third annual Farm to Table event Thursday night.
A total of 192 tickets were sold for the dinner which featured locally sourced food and chefs. Patrons had their choice of pork, chicken or beef, along with appetizers, drinks and desserts.
As in years past, Farm to Table sold out the morning tickets went on sale.
“We were so excited to bring this fun event back for a third year to showcase our local foods and local chef talent,” said Bridgette Kelch, Downtown Washington Inc. executive director.
“Although we had to move from Main Street to under the Farmers’ Market due to the threat of rain, it turned out beautifully and it was nice change of pace,” she said.
In the past, guests dined at one long table set up on Main Street. This year three tables were set up under the market, which Kelch said allowed people to mingle more easily.
Kelch said the event would not be possible without all of the volunteers and donations.
“All of the food, drinks, decorations and music are donated, which is simply amazing,” she said. “We also have an amazing committee of volunteers who organize the entire event. “This year, we also had help from the Washington FFA Club, and students from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and Washington High School, including the Borgia football team and WHS Life Skills students.”
Kelch said the event is a fundraiser, but also creates awareness and appreciation of local farmers and the importance of having fresh food.
Proceeds will help fund continual maintenance on the circa 1856 Farmers’ Market building and other downtown projects.
Participating chefs included the follow:
Chef Antonio Avila of StreetSide Tacos;
Chef Josh Munter of Marquart’s Landing;
Chef Larry Hill of Miller’s Grill;
Chef Tom Kent of The Tilted Skillet;
Chef Nick Cuchetti of White Mule Winery;
Chef Ben Wunderlich of Old Dutch Tavern;
Chef Pat Long of Café Mosaic;
Chef Joe Reid of Joe’s Bakery & Delicatessen;
Pitmaster Adam Skornia of Sugarfire Smoke House; and
Chef Nick Keiser of Main Street Creamery.
Participating farms, included Deppe Farms, Farwig Farm, Schlottach Farms and WM Meats, 3 Girls & A Tractor, Josh Springman, Hunter’s Ridge Berry Farms, Castor River Farms and Hilltop Gardens. Olivino Tasting Bar also participated.
Home gardeners Joe Reid and Nick Keiser also assisted.
Drinks were provided by Augusta Brewery, Stone Hill Winery, Augusta Winery, Montelle Winery and Pinckney Bend Distillery.
Dr. Phil and the Medicine Men and Joe Fry the Guitar Guy provided the entertainment for the evening.
Décor and extras were provided by Hillermann Nursery & Florist, Four Seasons Florist and Chimera Creative Works.
Kelch thanked the committee, donors and volunteers for all of their support.
“We will definitely be back again next year,” she added.