If you go
What: Farm to City Dinner
When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4
Where: Beaver Street, just outside of Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York
Rain location: Central Market
Street closures: North Beaver Street between West Philadelphia Street and West Market Street will be closed all day Sunday.
Proceeds benefit: York Buy Fresh Buy Local
Purchase tickets: Visit farmtocityyork.com .
Two hundred people sharing a meal at one long table in the center of a city street.
That's the idea behind York's annual Farm to City Dinner, which returns to Beaver Street next weekend.
The event, organized by York Buy Fresh Buy Local , celebrates the harvest season each year with a family-style dinner featuring food from local farms, wineries and pastures.
"We wanted to celebrate what's growing in our area," Dru Peters, York Buy Fresh Buy Local chairwoman, said. "We wanted to make people aware of who our local food growers and makers (are) and who our members are."
On Oct. 4, guests will be served a three-course meal made with ingredients from Miller Plant Farm, Sunnyside Farm, Caputo Brothers Creamery, Apple Valley Creamery, Brogue Hydroponics, Wyndridge Farm, Allegro Winery and more, Peters said. Local restaurants Tutoni's and Roosevelt Tavern will assist in food preparation, plating and service.
If you wanted to be one of the 200 dinner party guests, you had to act fast. For the first time, the third annual event is sold out.
Guests can expect a menu including items such as a tempura-fried trout with apple and pear slaw appetizer, spice rubbed chicken or whole grain vegetable lasagna with puttanesca sauce for the main course and peach crisp with buttermilk-ricotta drizzle for dessert, Farm to City chef Sean Arnold said. Arnold is also the executive chef at Underground West in York.
Arnold will bring back some of the more popular apple and peach desserts, he said, but the main course and sides will be different.
"It's our first time serving chicken," Arnold said, "(and we're) adding more dishes of vegetables, grains and fruits We're doing lots of broccoli and cauliflower."
But the food isn't the only thing people look forward to at this event, Peters said. It's also about the atmosphere.
As guests walk up to this unique outdoor dinner party, they'll see a set of wooden handcrafted tables adorned with fall harvest decorations that stretches from one end of North Beaver Street to the other. They'll catch up with old friends and meet new people while waiting for their food to be served. And then they'll enjoy a meal outside in the crisp fall air at a venue only available once a year.
"It's just a beautiful way to showcase all that is surrounding the city of York in York County, and to do it out on the street using beautiful tables seemed like a natural thing to do," Peters said.