The autumn harvest season is already under way and with it come several events including festivals, fund raisers, and dinners all celebrating our local bounty! Here are just some of the many cool food happenings happening this fall:
Are you a garlic lover? If so you will not want to miss this special evening celebrating one of the most naturally fortified foods around. Long used for its nutritional and medicinal qualities, this evening will showcase passionate organic garlic grower Tom Szulist from Singer Farm Naturals. Tom grows more than 20 varieties of garlic and plans on adding 30 more varieties for harvest next year. Experience, taste, learn all things garlic! Presented by the Lexington Cooperative Market, all proceeds support the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York. Tickets are only $5 and the event takes place at the gorgeous kitchens of Artisan Kitchens & Baths at 200 Amherst Street from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
If you are a reader of Edible Buffalo then you most certainly didn’t miss our Farm to School series featuring the Giving Garden at Union Pleasant Elementary School in Hamburg. One of the first outdoor classrooms at a local elementary school, the Giving Garden has transformed the student community at this school. Spear headed by two ambitious moms, Jean Marie Gunner and Stacy Furlong, their efforts have turned a wellness project into a full-fledged non-profit organization, S.O.L.E. (Seeds of Living Education) which consults with other schools across the region to build their own community school gardens. Tonight they celebrate the Giving Garden with their first annual Harvest Dinner Under the Stars fund raiser. There will be no shortage of local food, wine, and entertainment featuring Bobby Militello’s jazz band. Tickets for the fund raiser are $100 per plate. The event will take place under the stars at Memorial Park in Hamburg. For tickets or more information, please contact Jean Gunner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 8 & 9
If you care about healthy food, food access, food security, and all things that relate to food and the environment, then you don’t want to miss The World on Your Plate conference happening at Daemen College this weekend. Featuring numerous workshops, panel discussions, a market featuring some of the best the region has to offer in local products, and two outstanding women keynote presenters, ecologist, author, and cancer survivor Dr. Sandra Steingraber and Anna Lappe, author of the renowned book Diet for a Hot Planet. Open to the public, tickets for the conference are only $25 if you pre-register here.
Trattoria Aroma has made quite a name for itself as being a leader when it comes to sourcing their ingredients from local farmers. Winner of this year’s Buffalo Spree Best of WNY award as best restaurant featuring local ingredients, Trattoria Aroma has taken it one step further by offering their customers the ultimate authentic farm-to-table experience with their exclusive dinners at Oles Family Farm. With the success of their summer dinners, Trattoria Aroma added a fall dinner to their schedule. The tickets are $125 and include transportation from the restaurant to the farm, private wine tasting, a farm tour, tractor rides, a multi-course dinner, live music, and bonfire! Make your reservation by calling 716-881-7592. Space is limited for this dinner so call today!