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Sample an array of hors d’oeuvres sourced from local farms. Photo by Sid Ceasar Photography.




The Farmers Dinner Gala

When: Sunday, June 21, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Court Street Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua
Tickets: $35
Visit: thefarmersdinner.com

 





Farm fresh gala
The Farmers Dinner hosts an evening of hors d’oeuvres

06/18/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



With the success of last year’s Main Street dinner in Nashua and a desire to highlight local farmers and their stories, The Farmers Dinner will hold its first gala event on Sunday, June 21, featuring an evening of hors d’oeuvres from area farms.

“We want people to have a variety of different samples of what is really around here for produce and protein,” Keith Sarasin, The Farmers Dinner founder and owner, said in a phone interview. “We’re going to spotlight a lot of the good happening in the community.”
Sarasin had the idea for a gala, different from the usual Farmers Dinner format, that would showcase more of the farmers’ stories while also raising money for the charities Organization for Refugees and Immigrant Success, Gate City Community Gardens Inc. and Marguerite’s Place. All of the evening’s profit will benefit the local charities. 
“Last year after the success of Main Street [in Nashua] we wanted to find a way to give back even more and we wanted to make sure that we highlight the amazing stories that might have gone unheard in the hustle and bustle of Main Street,” Sarasin said.
The gala is a partnership between The Farmers Dinner, Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Great American Downtown, with Celebrations Catering, based in Nashua, providing all of the hors d’oeuvres. 
Unlike many Farmers Dinner events, Sarasin said, the gala doesn’t have a specific theme other than staying local and seasonal.
“The theme that we’re going [for] with this is diversity,” he said. “I didn’t want to stick with just one theme.” 
His goal is to show a selection that allows guests to explore their options for local food. 
“We wanted people to understand that just because you’re buying local doesn’t mean you’re buying one cuisine,” he said.
The Farmers Dinner Gala menu achieves its goal of using local ingredients in diverse dishes such as Thai chicken lettuce wraps with lemongrass-seasoned minced chicken, sriracha and hoisin, and seared pork belly with a honey miso glaze and green pea puree. A strawberry mascarpone shortbread dessert will round off the night.
Brookford Farm in Canterbury, Sullivan Farm in Nashua, Lull Farm in Hollis and the ORIS fresh start farms are several of those providing produce and protein for the gala.
One of the biggest challenges for the event was finding the right venue in downtown Nashua to support 250 guests, so Sarasin reached out to the Peacock Players and secured the Court Street Theatre for the gala. A barn atmosphere will be recreated indoors with hay bales, stalls and a windmill borrowed from the Peacock Players’ production of The Wizard of Oz.
“The Court Street Theatre is an old theater with a lot of charm to it,” Sarasin said. “We want people to come to the farm we’re setting up that night.” 
 
As seen in the June 18, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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