Dinner to feature local food, wine, music and organizations

| August 7, 2013

COSHOCTON – Come enjoy a beautiful setting and locally grown food at the Farm to Table Dinner fundraiser being organized by Local Bounty Coshocton and Clary Gardens.

“We were looking for a partner who had kind of the same interests as we do,” said Marissa Mullett, who is the co-market manager at Local Bounty. “Clary Gardens and us have two different interests but they are both connected to the outdoors. Working with them gives us a venue for the dinner that is on beautiful grounds. It also is an opportunity to expose some Clary Gardens’ members to Local Bounty and Local Bounty members to Clary Gardens.”

The Farm to Table Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Clary Gardens and Chris Campbell, who is the garden director, is excited to have her facility host the event.

“We both have very strong interests in the environment and trying to locally source everything we need,” she said. “We also are both dedicated to the community and helping it grow. It just seemed like a natural partnership. It’s a beautiful way to get exposure for the gardens, but at the same time support local farmers, vendors and wineries.”

Chef Mike Cichon will prepare a meal featuring all locally-grown foods for this outdoor dining event.

“We are not hundred percent set on the menu yet,” Mullett said. “The protein will be chicken and pork loin, but we want to wait and see what else is available locally that week.”

Dinner also will feature wine from Shawnee Springs and the Dotson Brothers will provide some post-dinner entertainment.

“We are going to try to feature different parts of Clary Gardens during the dinner with food being served at different locations,” Mullett said.

Tickets are $50 for Local Bounty or Clary Garden members and $75 for non-members. Seating is limited. Contact Chris at 622-6524 for tickets by Friday, Aug. 16.

“I’m most excited about the partnerships that are taking place with this dinner,” Campbell said. “I’m a big believer in teamwork and community spirit. I think Coshocton County has so many untapped venues and resources. I’m glad to be a part of this idea.”

Profits from the dinner will be split between Local Bounty and Clary Gardens.

“We are hoping to do some equipment upgrades,” Mullett said. “One of our coolers is not energy efficient and our cash register system at some point needs upgraded.”

Clary Gardens will use its share of the proceeds for the continued development of its children’s garden. Funding already is in place for a lookout tower for the garden and Campbell is hoping to also start work on a small, historical replica of a cabin that will include a living roof made of plants.

“We have some items on our wish list and we are hoping to use the money from this to start tackling those projects,” she said.

The Farm to Table Dinner will go on, rain or shine.

“There is no rain date,” Mullett said. “We will just set up tents and make do with what the outdoors provides us. This is truly going to be a unique dining experience that supports two very good grassroots efforts in the community.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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