Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Community Table

I can't believe that I haven't taken the time to tell you about Greensboro's  first annual Community Table Dinner that I was able to attend earlier this month (courtesy of my boss and his wife!)

Howard & Jessica- my generous boss & his wife

The dinner was beeyootiful. At $125 per ticket, I have to say, it was worth every single penny spent....(which is probably easy to say, since I didn't buy our tickets....but seriously, it was absolutely wonderful!)
The dinner was hosted at Summerfield Farms and organized by Iron Hen Cafe and Southern Roots (one of our FAVE restaurants!) The evening started off with music, roaming barnyard animals, networking and conversations over drinks at the main barn.

Then, we were given a tractor pulled hayride through the beautiful grounds and property of Summerfield Farms. The sun was sinking and the evening sun was magically turning everything gold and beautiful...the way the sun tends to do. It was truly beautiful.

The music and serenading continued once we reached our destination. The dinner table was set and glistening with china, silver and stemware for 300 diners. It was fantastical!

All of the food served was grown and raised in the local community- by local farmers. The menu was delicious with salad, beef tenderloin (raised on the farm), fresh vegetables cooked SOOO deliciously, apple cider from the nearby North Carolina mountains, local grown grapes provided wines from North Carolina wineries and even the dessert was a tasty southern sweet potatoe pie with homemade cream on top provided by the local dairy.

Much of the food was prepared and cooked on site. The dinner conversation was entertaining- most of it was prompted by "Talk Of The Table"  topic cards which were on the table for the guests. The night was enchanted....they even lit and released floating lanterns from the top of the magical.

You shouldn't be surprised when I confess I was one of the last guests to leave. I loved watching the sun set, and seeing the oak tree lit up with hanging lights, flickering candles and the sweet strains of violin music still filling the night sky. It was a night I will always remember. :)

Shine all your light & Buy Local!!