Award-winning chefs at local farm dinner event

July 16, 2014

• Peak Harvest Farm Dinner at Angelic Organics July 26

Staff Report

CALEDONIA, Ill. — Roasted Tomato Torte with Arugula Pesto and Sweet Onion Agradolce and Dark Chocolate with Candied Zucchini Squash with Whipped Olive Oil and Anise Hyssop were just two of the selections created by guest chefs at Angelic Organics Learning Center’s annual fund-raising dinner in 2013. This year, guests will enjoy a five-course meal made from fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients grown in the beautiful fields of Angelic Organics Farm at the Seventh Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner.

The benefit will take place starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 26, at Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, near Rockford. The menu will be prepared by some of the region’s most recognized chefs, including James Beard finalist Chef Paul Virant of Vie and Perennial Virant, Chef Jason Hammel of Lula Café, Chef Patrick Alberto of Octane, Scott Manley of Table, Donkey and Stick, and Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken. The dinner will feature craft beer from New Holland Brewery and signature cocktails from Koval Distillery.

Angelic Organics Learning Center empowers people to create sustainable communities of soils, plants, animals and people through educational, creative and experiential programs. The farm dinner is an opportunity for guests to learn more about the organization and its work to build the local food system throughout the region. All proceeds support Angelic Organics Learning Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings urban and rural people together to build the local food system.

Basic tickets are $150, which includes wine or beer pairing and signature cocktail. VIP Tickets are $500, and allow you to enjoy the meal with farmer John Peterson, the subject of the award-winning film The Real Dirt on Farmer John. You can also partake in a pre-reception at 2 p.m. at Balena and round-trip bus transportation from Chicago for $200.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.learngrowconnect.org/farmdinner.

From the July 16-22, 2014, issue

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