Five years ago, harvest dinners — where diners eat adjacent to the fields in which most of their dinner was grown — were not a frequent occurrence in the Midlands. Vanessa Driscoll Bialobreski decided to change that. The founder of the Farm to Table Event Co. has been coordinating these dinners, chiefly held at City Roots, for five years now. She's celebrating her company's fifth anniversary by bringing 15 of Columbia’s best chefs together on Monday, Oct. 3.
This huge collaboration will be the first of its kind at the farm, where Farm to Table partner Kristian Niemi, executive chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon, and resident Farm to Table Events chef Drew Thompson, along with guest chefs, will cook on-site for the cocktail reception and harvest dinner.
Guests can choose to attend the cocktail reception, which includes appetizers, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $35 per ticket, or the reception and the dinner for $100 per ticket. Both can be purchased online. Wear your stretchy pants for this one.
The five-course dinner will feature Columbia-based food products and produce such as Adluh grits, Manchester Farms quail, City Roots mushrooms, and a myriad more.
Proceeds from the reception and dinner will go towards the newly formed Charitable Plate, which funds scholarships for aspiring chefs, farmers, and local food education efforts.