MECHANICSBURG – The 4th annual State of the Plate Local Foods Dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, at the historic Wren Farm outside Mechanicsburg.
This is a professionally catered dinner of locally grown food served in the historic Wren Barn. Attendees can speak with and learn from the people who grew the meal’s ingredients.
The Smith family will host this year’s event at their barn on Wren Farm, 6150 state Route 187, just outside Mechanicsburg.
Activities begin at 12:15 p.m. with registration and Market Time, which will feature samples and items for sale by local growers and producers. Opening remarks will start at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a local foods buffet co-catered by In Good Taste Catering and The Hippie & The Farmer.
During the dinner, local producers and pioneers of the local foods movement will talk about the beginnings, growth and success of their food and beverage production businesses. The speakers will include Mark and Debbie Titus/Mad Sweet Heat, Amy Forrest & Lyndsay Murphy/In Good Taste Catering, Pam Bowshier and Mark Runyan/The Hippie & the Farmer, Paul and Grace Kurtz/Hemisphere Coffee Roasters, Heather and Ryan Hostetler/St. Ives Winery, and Amanda Douridas/The Ohio State University Extension. The event will end at 3 p.m.
Seating is limited. To make reservations and payment (cash, check, or credit cards accepted), call the Champaign County Chamber at 937-653-5764 by Friday, Sept. 30.
Each reservation of $20 per person includes a full buffet with dessert and two tickets to select a glass of wine produced by Champaign County’s new St. Ives Winery. The event is being planned by The Champaign County Local Food Council, LLC, a cooperative effort of the Champaign County Chamber and Champaign Economic Partnership. The group’s goal is to help expand market opportunities for local food producers.
About Wren Farms
In 1845, the Wren brothers settled on adjacent lots outside Mechanicsburg. While Isaac Wren’s original house still stands, the barn burned to the ground in the 1950s. It was quickly replaced with the bank barn that stands in the same spot today. After many years of housing livestock, the barn was renovated by Rick and Rita Anderson for their daughter Eva’s wedding reception in 2005. In 2013, Brian and Elizabeth Smith purchased the farm and currently rent the barn for receptions, reunions and other large gatherings of up to 250 people.
Submitted by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.