The 2010 summer farming season is underway and to celebrate, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture is throwing a dinner party.
On May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m., the nonprofit organization will hold its annual fundraising Summer Farm Start dinner at Eden Hall Farm in Richland. In keeping with PASA's mission of connecting consumers to Western Pennsylvania farmers, it will feature a menu made exclusively with seasonal food from local farms.
Among the dishes executive Chef Dan Dooley of Parkhurst Dining will prepare is a smoked trout rillette appetizer served with a creamy chevre from Paradise Gardens and Farms in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County. Guests also will enjoy a spring green salad decorated with edible flowers from Homer City's Next Life Farm, and a main course mixed grill with Jamison Farm lamb sausages, Heilman Family Farm pork sausages and vegan "soysages" from Phoenix Organics. Dessert includes fresh napoleons made with Sand Hill berries and La Dorita Dulce de Leche.
In addition to a great meal, the event will allow Pittsburghers to check out Eden Hall Farm, which in 2008 became part of Chatham University and is now home to its new School of Sustainability and the Environment. The school launches its master of arts in food studies program there this fall.
PASA also will hold a dinner on May 21 in central Pennsylvania, at the Milestone Inn Historic Riverfront Mansion in Harrisburg, with a menu prepared by executive chef James Woltman, who has worked at The Hotel Hershey and The Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia.
You must register for the Eden Hall event by May 22 (May 21 for Harrisburg) at pasafarming.org/summerstart or by calling Carrie Gillespie at 814-349-9856, ext. 12. Tickets cost $55, or $80 for a partner ticket that gets your name in the program.
Gretchen McKay: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1419.