Charity Dining Experience Gives a Whole New Meaning to Eat Local and Community - Firedog Communications
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Thunder Bay, ON, September 14th, 2018 – A group of young entrepreneurs are bringing a new event to Thunder Bay’s countryside that’s a unique and interesting way to connect people to food and community. The Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner being hosted by The Swinery, Pinetree Catering and Red Lion Smokehouse, will give the opportunity for people to have an authentic culinary and dining adventure, with all dishes and cocktails served, only being created with ingredients from surrounding local farmers. The event is being held on September 28th at a homestead on the outskirts of the city, where diners will enjoy this one of kind feast in a rustic barn setting, surrounded by acres of forest and fields.


“Thunder Bay’s agricultural landscape translates into extremely fresh produce that will be made into an amazing three course meal. The Farm to Table event will really connect people with the land where their food is grown and is a great reminder that the foods we love, grow right here at home,” says Raymond Cytowicz, one of the organizers and owner of the Swinery. “It’s about delicious food at a beautiful country location, where you can meet fellow foodies and enjoy supporting local producers while celebrating the fall harvest. There is a plethora of farmers in the Thunder Bay area and a lot of people don’t often associate where their food comes from. This will re-establish that connection.”


Guests will be seated at long tables instead of individual seating, with food served family style on wooden platters, which were also created from trees right from the exclusive event property. Chef Nikos Mantis (Head Chef and Owner of Pinetree Catering) and Chef John Murray (Head Chef of Red Lion Smokehouse) will bring ingredients to the table that will allow those in attendance to explore the farm-totable trend that is taking the country by storm. Drawing inspiration from local farmers, attendees will watch the Chefs cook their food over an open fire, chatting along the way to provide information about the courses, that includes a pig roast, and how it is being cooked. Food will be paired with specialty-crafted cocktails created by the Swinery, such as a Beet Caesar and the Bees Knees—a drink mixed with honey and thyme from the onsite garden. Local musicians will also play throughout the evening.


“The style of the event will really encourage back and fourth not only with the food, but with conversation as well. Everything is local and community focused, introducing you to new people, new food, farmers, and chefs. Take in the fall scenery and after sunset enjoy the remaining courses under the stars with outdoor bonfires,” continues Cytowicz.


Tickets are $100, with funding raised in support of Isthmus Thunder Bay (formerly known as Blessings in a Backpack). The local non-profit organization provides food to over 300 school children in need, weekly. Tickets are available for purchase at Red Lion Smokehouse, Local Motion Food-truck, The Sapling Bakery (located at the Thunder Bay Country Market), the Thunder Bay Country Market charity booth (located on the second floor), Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, or at Canadian Freshwater Fish. All those that attend will also have the opportunity to win a great Farm Prize Pack that includes several fresh items from local farms including cheeses, meats, syrup and yogurt.