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With a multi-course dinner by Lucia’s, Corner Table, Sen Yai Sen Lek and Patisserie 46

Sunday, September 23, 2012
2 p.m., tours. 3:30 p.m., program and dinner
Big River Farms, Marine on St. Croix

Harvest dinner :: Farm tours :: Silent auction
Interviews with immigrant organic farmers

It was an afternoon of fun, learning and great food in support of farmers who fled their countries to begin new lives as organic producers here. This year’s white-tablecloth dinner in a festively decorated barn was prepared by Lucia Watson, Ryan Lund and Ryan Stechschulte of Lucia’s Restaurant, Nick Rancone and Thomas Boemer of Corner Table, Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek and John Kraus of Patisserie 46.

A review from the Twin Cities Daily Planet with photos is here >>

The menu:

Music, auction and hors d’oeuvres

Mary DuShane and Nick Jordan, the Moonlight Duo, entertained the crowd with their joyful music.
(Photos by Val Landwehr and Jane Rosemarin)

Glen Hill, director of Minnesota Food Association and Ken Meter, vice chair of Slow Food MN

Ti Moo, a farmer from Myanmar, watches the duo perform.

Ronah Onyancha and Moses Momanyi are graduates of MFA’s program. They now operate Dawn2Dusk Farm.

Guests look at silent auction offerings.

A basket of foods from Slow Food International’s Ark of Taste, which recognizes and promotes endangered, excellent foods.

Another basket from the Ark of Taste.

A bidder.

Matt and Kristin Hall of Lift Bridge Brewery serving their beer.

Rillettes on house-made crackers from Lucia’s.

Gougères with gorgonzola mousse.

Chicken with curried peanut sauce.

Conversation with farmers

Listening to farmers’ stories.

Jane Rosemarin discussing Slow Food’s biodiversity projects.

Ti Moo talks about his connection to the land as Glen Hill looks on.

Moses Momanyi, from Kenya, is an MFA program graduate.

Vince Xiong discussed the work ahead for Hmong farmers.

Behind the scenes

Lucia Watson and Ryan Lund look on as Ryan Stechschulte describes something large.

Dan Mogel, our auction MC, poses with Nick Rancone, owner of Corner Table, where Dan is a waiter.

Joe, Jasper and Holly Hatch-Surisook in the outdoor kitchen, working with traditional Thai mortars and pestles.

Holly Hatch-Surisook carries a platter of grilled chicken with peanut sauce.

Grinding vegetables.

Porketta on the grill.

“The Ryans” assembling crostini with rillettes and celery-orange marmalade.

John Kraus of Patisserie 46 at work.

Almost a painting by Wayne Thiebaud, 120 plates of poached plums await ice cream scoops rolled in perfectly crisp meringue.

At the dinner

The table setting included flower arrangements by Katie Kubovcik and origami red wattle pigs folded by Jane Rosemarin (based on a design by Sok Song).

Bread from Patisserie 46.

Grilled walleye cakes with long beans from Intrinsik Farm.

Thomas Boemer, chef of Corner Table, describes his fruits and vegetables stuffed with root vegetables and ricotta.

Marianne Jurayj does the work of two.

Fire-roasted autumn fruits and vegetables with Wild Acres duck prosciutto

Ryan Lund takes a bow as Lucia Watson talks about the choucroute royale. Ryan Stechschulte looks on.

The Red Wattle chouroute royale.

Red-wine poached plums with tarragon ice cream rolled in meringue crumbs.

Chocolates from St. Croix Chocolate Co. tasted as good as they looked.

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