To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Saugerties Farmer’s Market, a series of Harvest Home dinners will showcase the diversity of farm foods in the Hudson Valley. Intimate Dinner Market fundraisers, hosted at homes across the region and prepared by an array of talented local chefs and home cooks, are offered on twelve different evenings.
Dinners can be booked by one, two or up to ten guests. “Part of the fun of the evening is meeting new people while enjoying a fantastic dinner prepared by a cooking expert,” said Diane Congello-Brandes, organizer of Harvest Home Dinners. This is the first year that Congello-Brandes has picked up the event from Jamie Fine, who retired after about 15 years of making these events happen.
About ten households will host dinners this year and three will offer vegetarian dinners. “When you host one of these dinners, it’s very exciting,” said Judith Spektor, coordinator of the Saugerties Farmers’ Market Committee, which hosts dinners every year. “It’s like putting on your best evening dress. You do your best to please and show what’s in season and on the market. It is very festive and festive.
Each of the chefs at Harvest Home Dinner designs a one-of-a-kind menu to showcase local farm foods, and the chefs strive to purchase most of their ingredients from the market or from farmers and other vendors who are regulars of the market. Dinners are prepared during the height of the harvest season of late summer and early fall, so there is an abundance of Hudson Valley produce, meats and poultry to include chefs can choose.
Dinner tickets cost $ 65 per person and each guest must bring their own wine or other beverage for dinner. Part of the fun of the Harvest Home Dinner concept is that guests choose dinner on date only. The identity of the house, chef, home cook and other guests remains a surprise until all dinners are sold out and seats are finally allocated. Then, well in advance of the evening, each guest learns who will be their host, as well as the chef of the evening and receives driving instructions to their home.
“Our goal is to raise $ 6,500 this year,” said Spektor. “The funds help us pay market staff, take out Double SNAP (doubling benefits for low income buyers), and fund Kids’ Art Corner and live music throughout our five month market season. . ”
Those interested in attending one of this year’s Harvest Home dinners can call (845) 706-6715 for more information or email [email protected]. For COVID security, organizers are asking all guests to show proof of vaccination with RSVP. This is about making sure everyone feels safe, whether inside or out.