2016 Farm to Table Dinners

NOTE: Tickets for both events will be sold ONLY on Saturday, April 23 at the Coppell Farmers Market, from 8:00am until sellout.

Farm to Table Dinners to Honor the Face and Taste of Local Food

Due to popular demand, the Coppell Farmers Market will host two Farm to Table Dinners this year. The first dinner will be held on June 11, 2016. The second will take place in the fall, on October 22, 2016. Patrons choosing to attend either dinner must purchase tickets on Saturday, April 23 at the CFM, 8:00am until sellout.

The focus of these dinners is to celebrate urban and rural relationships through outstanding culinary experiences. The separate events at Grapevine Springs Park, 345 W. Bethel Road in Coppell, will both begin at 6:00pm with mingling and appetizers followed by a 7:00pm outdoor dinner prepared by chefs and students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and El Centro College Food and Hospitality Institute. Six courses served on long tables will be paired with locally crafted wine and will spotlight the farmers and producers.  Light jazz by Coppell pianist, Roland Elbert, will complete each experience.

The goal of the Coppell Farmers Market Farm to Table Dinners is to celebrate all who contribute to a local food system, to spotlight farmers and producers, raise awareness of the value of meals based on farm direct markets, and support local food access to all.  Ticket sale proceeds will support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Lone Star Card) at the market, along with additional promotion of the Coppell Farmers Market.

The CFM volunteer committee has planned this dinner every year with Robby and Victoria Hooker, the professional chefs of the Two Chefs salsa booth at the Coppell Farmers Market. The Hookers share their expertise by involving culinary students in this aspect of the local food movement.  “It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since we started our dinners. They’ve become a true community celebration of local food,” said Karen Pearsall Gillham, the CFM Committee Chair, “and this year, the chefs and farmers are already planning some extraordinary culinary delights!”

Tickets for both the Spring and Fall Farm to Table Dinners go on sale at 8:00am on April 23rd at the Coppell Farmers Market, 768 W. Main St.  $100, cash or check only, four ticket limit. In the interest of community, participants are asked to choose the spring or fall dinner, but not both. Volunteer opportunities will be available.

To see photos from Farm to Table Dinners of years past visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos

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