First course was pumpkin soup with sage cream.
The sweetest, most delicious, most non-pressure fundraiser every year is the “Raise the Roots” dinner that benefits Beardsley Community Farm. This is the second year we have attended the scrumptious event held at Tomato Head on Market Square, which donates a lot of the food and provides cooks and servers who also donate their time. Alan and I highly recommend this event, which only costs $30 per ticket. (Click here for an account of last year’s dinner. It was fun and Alan is still talking about that pandowdy!)
But let me tell you a little bit about this year’s fantastic but low-key gathering and how much fun it was.
The 80-seat capacity event was a sell-out.
You saw the soup course. Here is the oh-so-fresh salad course - from the Market Square Farmers' Market, of course - served with basil vinaigrette.
Elizabeth and Mike Armstrong and City Councilman Nick Pavlis, right, were sitting across from us.
We also were joined by Peter and Diana Osickey. One great thing about this event is mingling with other fun folks.
Main course was corn bread on a bed of greens topped with pinto beans, roasted turnips, cheese, Benton's bacon or organic baked tofu, onion and balsamic reduction. (We picked the tofu and loved!)
When the entire restaurant suddenly burst into applause, I looked around and noticed that mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero had entered the room. Unsurprisingly, she since has been elected our city’s first female mayor!
Madeline Rogero, center, visits with Casy Littell, left, and Shannon Meadows.
Alan Carmichael seemed to enjoy the entree. Just saying.
Then it was time for dessert: sweet potato pie with ginger cream.
Beardsley Community Farm manager, Khann Chov, shared some information about the project.
Daniel Aisenbrey, Kat Raese, center, and Karina Costa are Beardsley Farm employees through CAC Americorps and evangelists for community farmimg. Each of them spoke after the dinner.
Click here for more information about each of them.
John Harris is director of community gardens for the Community Action Committee. In his job, he oversees Beardsley Community Farm.
Virginia Anagnost, left, and Barbara Kelly attended the dinner. Barbara runs the Community Action Committee, which oversees the farm. Virginia chairs the CAC board.
There was a trivia quiz and this table won! From right, Sandra Greear, Adair Allen, Wimberly Thompson and a friend who asked that her name not be used.
Ash McDaniel was the individual winner of the contest. Congrats!
Prizes for the winners were free tickets to the upcoming fundraiser called Snow Day, which is a soup contest. Click here for information about the last Snow Day. Details about the next one will be announced soon.
Our friends David and Susan Long were at the dinner. She is on the Beardsley Community Farm board.
Thanks to Lawrence Faber and Jade Flanigan, two of the great Tomato Head staff members who volunteered to take care of us during Raise the Roots. They take care of us at Tomato Head, too!
Thanks, everyone, for a great time benefiting a great cause. Click here for more information about Beardsley Community Farm, a demonstration project that grows organic produce for local food pantries and others in need.