By Sarah Mausert
This year’s Dinner in the Meadow is taking place at 5:30PM on Sunday, September 10 at Meadow Lane Farm in Franklin County. The event, which is in its fourth year, benefits the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund. Tickets for the event can be purchased here; the event has sold out every year, so don’t wait to get your tickets.
The dinner takes place on a knoll in the meadow of the 1,000 acre farm under a tent so it is a rain or shine event. Regional and local chefs will prepare a communal meal showcasing local farms and artisanal food and beverage vendors. Musical entertainment will be provided before the dinner while guests enjoy appetizers and chilled drinks. This will also be a great time to peruse the silent auction. Frank Stasio of UNC-TV will host the evening and the grant presentation during dinner. After, local auctioneer E. B. Harris will auction off a few special donation items.
The featured chefs of the evening include: David Gaydeski of the Executive Mansion in Raleigh (he is also the chef coordinator of the event), Eric Montagne of Standard Foods Restaurant and Grocery, Joe Lumbrazo of Backyard Bistro, and Kim Hunter of Kimbap Café. Other chefs who will be contributing include: Jason Smith of 18 Seaboard, Serge Falcoz-Vigne of St. Jacques French Cuisine, Chris Prieto of Prime BBQ, John Oliver of Funky Fresh Food Truck, Sean Fowler of Mandolin, Matt McNeely of The Capital Grille, and Michael Ward and Aaron Talbot of Michael’s Showside Grill. The menu for the evening is still being developed. Updates on the menu and more information about the chefs can be found here.
Every year the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund gives a grant to small farm in memory of Marjorie Leonard and Jerry Mobley. The grant is chosen through an application process to aid in the development and long-term sustainability of small farms. These farms are owned by one person or family who derive at least half of their income from their farm. Last year’s grant winner was Piemonte Farm.
This sounds like a lovely evening with great food and spectacular views of the farm. Purchase your tickets for the September 10th event soon. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, you can do so with the same link.
Author: Sarah was born a yankee, but has been a Durhamite for ten years now. She enjoys red wine, bourbon, her dogs, Captain and Morgan, and her cats, Johnny and Walker.