By Jessica Bearman, Backyard Harvest Board Member
Backyard Harvest (BYH) will host three gourmet farm-to-table Harvest Dinner Fundraisers this year to build essential support for programs and services that increase access to fresh food on the Palouse and in the Lewis-Clark Valley. In addition to being delicious, these locally sourced five-course dinners provide an opportunity to meet others who care about creating sustainable food systems in the region. According to Misty Amarena, BYH's Executive Director, "We are lucky to have amazing produce here on the Palouse. These dinners allow us to celebrate the incredible food of our region, while also increasing access to fresh local produce for all community members."
Harvest dinners are hosted by local restaurants in each of the communities that Backyard Harvest serves. The Whitman County dinner was held Sunday, September 24, at Merry Cellars in Pullman, with catering by Banyans on the Ridge. The Latah County Harvest Dinner will be held October 2 at Bloom Cafe and Arthouse on Friendship Square in Moscow. The Lewis-Clark Valley Harvest Dinner will take place on October 16 at the Mystic Cafe with wine provided by Clearwater Canyon Cellars. Choose one—or attend all three!
These local, seasonal, delicious dinners each include a five-course meal prepared by local chefs using meat and produce from area farmers, and wine that is specifically paired with each course. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at http://www.backyardharvest.org/harvestdinners or at Cafe Artista at the corner of Third and Main Streets in Moscow.
Backyard Harvest's annual Harvest Dinners benefit our local communities by helping low-income families and individuals gain access to fresh food. Initial sponsors for BYH's upcoming Harvest Dinners include the Moscow Food Co-op, the Pullman Branch of Banner Bank, Potlatch No.1 Federal Credit Union, Cafe Artista, and Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative. For more information on becoming a business sponsor, contact Misty Amarena, BYH Executive Director, at (208) 596-3951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.