Friday, September 19, 2008

Dinner Afield at Hoyt Lake set for Oct. 5th

Dinner Afield: Hoyt Lake
Sunday, October 5th 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Join Feed Your Soul and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for this special, once-in-a-lifetime lakeside dinner event featuring the best of what New York State's farmers, artisan food producers and wine makers have to offer.

Dinner Afield: A Taste of Buffalo's Bounty is a recurring fine dining event presented by Feed Your Soul three to four times a year. Each Dinner Afield takes place in a glorious, regionally significant setting and aims to highlight the bounty that is Western New York's agricultural legacy.

Delaware Park's Hoyt Lake will be the location of the inaugural Dinner Afield event. Olmsted's Buffalo park system perfectly embodies the history and beauty that is so innate to the Queen City.

The evening will consist of a multi-course meal featuring local food and wine. Picture the leaves on the trees in the full flush of fall and a slight chill in the air as guests descend the steps to Hoyt Lake. There they will find a lengthy table covered in white linen following the curve of the serene lake. Sitting amongst candlelight and glinting glassware guests will be served a fresh, delicious and sumptuous meal. Platters laden with seasonal dishes assembled carefully by our chef (JJ Richert of Torches Restaurant) will reflect the glorious harvest of New York State's farmers and artisan food producers. A few of the evening's featured menu items are listed below:

Beet and Chevre Salad with pistachio oil and 40-year-old sherry vinegar
Pork Crown Roast with sage and brandy cream
Turnovers of Pear and Roasted Leek
(Menu is subject to change without notice based on availability)

The talented Paul Kozlowski, a highly-acclaimed musician, will strum his guitar in the background while the early evening's light plays across the lake. Of the 140 dinner guests, more than 20 will be the artisans and craftsmen that grew, raised and produced the bounty that will be served. A toast will be made to these hardworking farmers and producers of Buffalo's great harvest and each guest will receive an accompanying menu that includes information about each of the farms and vineyards featured in the evening's meal.

This is an event not to be missed!
A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

A special thank you to Buffalo watercolor artist Dana Fox Jenkins for her contribution to the evening--the fantastic portrayal of the property surrounding Hoyt Lake gracing the top of this page.

Tickets are $150 per person. They can be purchased using a credit card by following this link to the Dinner Afield page at Brown Paper Tickets. Or, if you prefer to pay by check, please call 716.812.1615.

A limited number of discounted tickets are available to members of Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Slow Food Buffalo. Call 716.812.1615 to get directions for obtaining discounted tickets.

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