The Salem Courthouse is going to be crawling with locavores Saturday and Sunday, July 25 & 26…and YOU can still be among them if you hurry!
The New Oxford American Dictionary chose Locavore as its “Word Of The Year” in 2007. It means one who eats food produced locally. This year, the Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Society is holding its 7th annual Tuscan-inspired Al Fresco Weekend, with a dinner (served outdoors, of course) beginning at 5:30pm on Saturday, July 25, followed by a brunch beginning at 11:30am on Sunday, July 26.
Why should you drop everything and call right now for tickets?
Last year the dinner sold out in three days. It’s an incredible dining experience, eating food grown from less than a 30-mile radius and even from within sight of where you are sitting! (OK, except for the olive oil. Still haven’t figured out how to grow olives in Washington County, but you can bet someone is working on it!) I’m talking beef, lamb, milk, salad greens, cheeses, bread, vegetables…all of it (very!) locally sourced and prepared in the Battenkill Kitchen just behind the long, family style tables you’ll be sitting at.
This is truly Tuscan-style dining from the area known as the Tuscany of the East, a label you’ll wholeheartedly agree with once you experience it. The dinner ($50 per person) also features a silent auction and live entertainment (which is so much better than the dead kind, don’t you agree?). And the brunch ($20 per person, $7 ages 5-12) features a big Art & Agriculture Market and a local farm tour.
If you’ve ever dined in a fancy NY City restaurant, chances are good that you paid top-dollar for meats, breads, vegetables and cheeses that have been produced right here in Washington County. At the Al Fresco weekend you can enjoy them right here, much fresher and at a fraction of the cost. You just gotta hurry up and get your tickets! Call 854-7053.