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Michelle Princer, owner and executive chef at Toni’s of Winnebago, is a huge advocate for rural Winnebago County and its local farmers, and this passion is reflected in her meals. She purchases ingredients from local growers for use in her delicious and creative restaurant fare, and has even been known to barter pizza for eggs from a few local neighborhood boy. To top it all off, Princer is a vegetable producer herself. She has a large kitchen garden alongside the restaurant and plants many delicious ingredients for her freshly-prepared signature dishes.
Fittingly, Princer plans to host Feast in the Field, a seven-course Openfields Local Foods Dinner that will be held open-air-style next to her kitchen garden. Feast in the Field will showcase the freshest farm produce, meats and even beer from our region, and will include an appetizer, amuse-bouche, pasta, salad, entrée, cheese and fruit plate, and dessert. To top off a perfect evening, diners will enjoy live music by Frank Calvagna, who specializes in regional Latin and smooth jazz guitar and has a repertoire consisting of Latin-tinged contemporary instrumental music. Calvagna regularly performs at concert venues, clubs, cafés and events throughout the Midwest and recently the East Coast.
Feast in the Field will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Toni’s of Winnebago kitchen garden, 508 N. Elida St., Winnebago, Ill. The dinner costs $50 per person and includes one non-alcoholic beverage. Additional beverages and a beer or wine flight will be offered for an additional fee; gratuity is not included. In case of adverse weather, the dinner will be moved to Toni’s new Event Center adjacent to the restaurant.
University of Illinois Extension’s Openfields Local Foods Dinner Series is a popular summer series that brings together innovative restaurants, talented chefs, local farmers, and savvy diners to celebrate healthy, delicious, locally-produced foods. For more about this or another dinner in the series, call U of I Extension at (815) 986-4357 or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw. Reservations are required and are made through U of I Extension.
Posted July 31, 2013