By Raquel Jacquez
As The Years Go By, The Farm To Table Dinner Always Proves To Be Better Than The Last.
IT IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER OVER 350 GUESTS FOR AN OUTDOOR SUMMER DINNER, BUT IT IS EVEN MORE RARE TO SEE ALL OF THE FACES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO OUR UNIQUE COMMUNITY OF CHANGEMAKERS AT THE SYLVIA CENTER.
Year over year, these ardent supporters gather to celebrate the bounty of the season, and even more importantly, we gather as a reminder that there is still so much work to be done in our Columbia County community. Dollars raised from this annual dinner support the kids, teens, and families, who are learning to cook and grow food together in our community-based programs at The Sylvia Center.
This year’s dinner was a truly remarkable feat that inspired all of us to take a moment to absorb our surroundings, and appreciate the beautiful and natural world around us. It was also a reminder that we are a part of a larger community, and that helping each other is essential to our well-being.
A vibrant menu that included local ingredients, some picked freshly in the dew of the morning at Katchkie was served outdoors. Cinder Roast Eggplant, Vegetable Socca Tart, Sylvia Center Summer Slaw, Charred Corn Succotash, and Shio Koji Marinated, Wood-Grilled Chicken Breast were just a few of the remarkable dishes we shared together. While we enjoyed this delicious dinner, guests heard from teachers in Germantown School District, about the effects that cooking classes have had on young kids in the second grade. Supporters of The Sylvia Center also toured our learning garden, where children who visit Katchkie Farm get to experience the magic of growing, planting, harvesting and cooking in year-round programs.
The night was unforgettable, and not just because of the thunderstorm that loomed over us! As the clouds turned dark, we all stood together, unwavering in the fields of Katchkie Farm — determined to finish what we started.
It was a beautiful evening for students, families, new supporters, long-standing community members, and our great team of volunteers. It couldn’t have been done without the generous support of Great Performances, Katchkie Farm, our donors, volunteers, and everyone who supported us in making the dinner the best yet. We extend our utmost gratitude to all those who helped create another amazing night.
Photo Credit: ©Christina Lane Photography