Farm to Table Dinner Comes to Northeast Ohio: The Farmers’ Table Celebrates Ohio Farms and Flavors

For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2015

Contact:
Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 203, lauren@oeffa.org
Milo Petruziello, Program Associate, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206, milo@oeffa.org

Fresh, local, summer ingredients from northeast Ohio will be the inspiration for a unique farm to table culinary experience this August that celebrates Ohio farms and flavors.

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is partnering with Maplestar Farm and The Driftwood Group for The Farmers’ Table on Sunday, August 30 at 4 p.m. The event will take place in western Geauga County at Maplestar Farm in Auburn Township.

“OEFFA’s mission is to help farmers and consumers reconnect and together build a sustainable food system, one meal at time,” said OEFFA Program Associate Milo Petruziello, who is organizing the event. “This dinner is a natural extension of that work, designed to showcase the amazing farmers and chefs of northeast Ohio and the fresh, seasonal ingredients of Ohio’s farms. It also gives us all a chance to celebrate our farmers, our food, and the local flavors which will be thoughtfully woven into every aspect of this event.”

Guests will take a guided tour of Maplestar Farm’s organic fields, sample carefully crafted hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy beer, wine, and tea before sitting down to an exciting four course meal prepared by Erik Martinez, Executive Chef at Cibréo Italian Kitchen, featuring wine pairings.

The event will also feature special guest Alan Guebert, award-winning syndicated agricultural journalist and OEFFA 2015 conference keynote speaker, who will offer a hearty toast to local food. Following the dinner, he’ll be signing his new book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey, and sharing stories. The book was recently included on Bon Appetit Magazine‘s 20 Food Books to Read This Summer, LA Magazine‘s Top 10 Summer Books for Foodies, and Food Tank’s Summer Reading List.

“We’re pleased and honored to be hosting the Farmers’ Table,” said organic farmer Jake Trethewey who owns and operates Maplestar Farm with his wife Dawn. “Holding an event where people can share a meal on the farm, from the farm, reminds me of growing up here. Quite often on the weekend, people would drop by to visit or help out and my grandmother and great grandmother would cook dinner for 12 or more folks on short notice and, of course, a lot of what was on the table was grown here. As small farms and farming communities have disappeared over the last 50 years, fewer people today have the opportunity to experience the friendship and community of sharing a meal on the farm.”

The Tretheweys have been certified organic for seven years and sell their organic produce at the farm’s roadside stand, at the Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market, through a small community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and to restaurants.

The dinner will be rooted in certified organic vegetables from Maplestar Farm, and include an heirloom tomato salad, a modern take on a traditional fish fry featuring fresh Lake Erie perch, and a main course pork trio showcasing a pastured Berkshire/Chester White cross hog from Tea Hills Farms. Dessert will feature an Auburn sweet corn custard tart.

“We have a great relationship with Maplestar Farms. What’s important to the farm is important to us, and OEFFA and this event are very important to Jake and Dawn. This is a way we can help the farm bring OEFFA and a farm to table experience to their backyard and show all of Ohio what Geauga County and northeast Ohio have to offer,” said Chris Johnson, Corporate Chef for The Driftwood Group, one of Ohio’s premier restaurant and catering companies.

Erik Martinez is the Executive Chef of downtown Cleveland’s Cibreo Italian Kitchen, which is part of The Driftwood Group, and will be overseeing the dinner. He has been a part of Cleveland’s culinary landscape for more than 20 years.

Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 8. All proceeds support OEFFA’s work to grow Ohio’s sustainable and organic agriculture movement.

The Farmers’ Table is sponsored by The Driftwood Group, Maplestar Farm, Edible Cleveland, Kevin Morgan Studio, Organic Valley, Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Storehouse Tea, and Tea Hills Farms.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.oeffa.org/FarmersTable, call (614) 421-Ext. 206, or email dinner@oeffa.org.

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About OEFFA
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is a statewide, grassroots, nonprofit organization working to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system. OEFFA operates one of the country’s largest and most respected USDA-accredited organic certification agencies. For more information, go to www.oeffa.org.