Few tickets left for Wild Ramp’s third annual Farm-to-Table Dinner
HUNTINGTON — At the Wild Ramp, they celebrate the connection between farms, food, and the greater Huntington community at an upcoming Farm-to-Table Dinner. The event is planned to gather people around a meal sourced from local farms and thank the farmers as they share their food and stories. This year the event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Wild Ramp, 555 14th St. W. The dinner will feature Charleston chef, Jesse Lyons, local musical talent of My Only Cab Ride, and the locally-sourced food from farms in the community.
“The dinner takes place on 14th Street West,” said Lauren Kemp, Development Coordinator, “it is our largest fundraiser to support our community-based programming, like Kid’s Day and the new Rolling Ramp mobile market.” The Wild Ramp is a 501C3 not for profit organization started by farmers and consumers, who wanted to increase access to fresh food in the Tri-State Area.
“The market was opened with $10,000 of donations from individuals in the community, and your continued support has helped keep the market growing. We are especially grateful for our event sponsors that have made this wonderful event possible.
The event sponsors are local businesses like Edward Tucker Architects, United Bank, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple, & Boggs, Lawrence County Commissioners, Christopher’s Eats, Service Pump & Supply, Mainstreet Insurance, and Stevens & Son Insurance.
As of Tuesday evening, only 30 tickets remained. Tickets are $75, which includes a five-course meal of original recipes by Chef Jesse Lyons and two complimentary drink tickets for wine and beer.
The menu will include:
APPETIZER HOUR: Cheese Platter featuring Laurel Valley Creamery, Kombucha Cocktails with Elevate Elixirs, and featured products from The Wild Ramp.
SALAD: Swiss chard-shiitake salad with wonton crisps, kushaw vinaigrette & roasted tomato powder
SOUP: Coconut-squash soup
Main: Beer-braised beef roast with horseradish cream & chimichurri, Popcorn grits with Cloverton cheese, and Savory root vegetable succotash. Eggplant Parmesan as the Vegetarian Option
DESSERT: Paw paw-pumpkin croissant pudding with brown butter jam and whipped cream
Lyons was born and raised in a small town in Northern Minnesota. He first became interested in kitchen culture through his first job at the locally beloved Ranch House Supper Club in Walker, MN, where he started out washing dishes as a teenager, and eventually worked his way up to cooking on the line. From there, Jesse pursued opportunities in restaurants throughout Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, before landing in his current town of Charleston.
There, he has worked as the sous chef at Berry Hills Country Club, developed a regular series of special menus for Sam’s Uptown Cafe, and executed private events with Chef Paul Smith of Buzz Foods. In his own menus, Jesse focuses on highlighting sustainable, local ingredients in applications that pull from a globally influenced palate. He consistently strives for his genuine love of cooking to be reflected in the food he prepares for his guests.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a Check-in & Cocktail Hour hosted by Mark Smith of Elevate Elixirs. Dinner will be from 7 to 8 p.m., and entertainment will be on the gazebo at 8 p.m. with My Only Cab Ride.
The Wild Ramp will reinvest all proceeds of this event into community-based programs that make the Huntington Tri-State Area a better place to live and work. The Wild Ramp moved to Old Central City location to be a partner in the revitalization of West Huntington and sponsored an Americorps VISTA position to advance revitalization initiatives. The Wild Ramp is also interested in promoting health in the community and launched a pilot mobile market initiative. “We want to grow the mobile market next year, so that all residents of Huntington have access to fresh healthy food.” said new manager Kelsey Abad. “Next year, with your support we will be able to expand the mobile market to at least two new locations.”
The mission of the Wild Ramp is to operate a year-round, community-supported market that provides a viable economic outlet for local food producers while providing consumers access to locally grown agricultural products.
Go online at http://wildramp.org/ for more info about The Wild Ramp.