It might be hard to think of combining a charity gala with a down-home style barn party but that’s exactly what The Table Community Food Centre does with its annual fundraiser – Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs. The popular event will happen on August 18th in Perth and features delicious food prepared by an amazing group of guest chefs using the best from the area’s farms. The event also features local breweries Perth Brewery and Weatherhead Brew Co., as well as craft spirits from Top Shelf, regional wines, kombucha and even locally roasted coffee.
The food and drinks are top notch and the setting is elegant but this is no stuffy affair – it all happens at a spruced up heritage farmstead, surrounded by hay fields, forest and meadows. The atmosphere is casual with people mingling and moving about the site between the chefs’ stations, the bars, and the indoor and outdoor seating areas. Musicians add to the ambiance and have been known to end the night with a lively jam session.
Food lovers will recognize the chefs and their home restaurants as some of the best in the Ottawa area including Marc Doiron from Town and Citizen, Jon Kroetsch from Fraser Café, Dominic Paul of Thyme and Again, Kyle Mortimer-Proulx from All Saints Event Space and Matthew Brearley of Castlegarth Farm. The Table is also thrilled to be welcoming fellow good food advocates and chefs Simon Bell from the Parkdale Food Centre, and Anna March and Carley Schelck of Cultivating Cooks. The Table’s own Judy Dempsey and a delicious seasonal dessert offered by Kassy Boulay of the Perth Pie Co. round out the roster.
A lively and fun part of the event is the auction with many items working with the event’s local and food themes. This year’s featured items include a top of the line Twin Eagles outdoor gas grill, dinners for eight by The Table and Picnic Café, a Jotul wood stove and a custom art commission by fiber artist Bridget O’Flaherty.
The event is loved by guests and chefs alike. Chef Anna March who is returning for a second year had this to say about her experience at Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs… “It was an absolute pleasure to take part in such a beautiful event. Every detail was considered and the night was nothing short of magical. As a chef you get asked to participate in a lot of public events but none are closer to our core values than Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs. We have been looking forward to this since wrapping up last years event with a glass of wine, a slice of pie and a sunset- surrounded by friends with the common goal of making great food accessible for everyone.”
Tickets for the event are $125 the price includes onsite parking, as many visits to the chef’s stations as you like, non-alcoholic beverages and an $80 charitable donation receipt. The event is held at EcoTay, 942 Upper Scotch Line located 15 minutes from downtown Perth.
All proceeds from the event go to supporting The Table’s innovative food and community engagement programs like their community meals which provide healthy, from scratch meals in a warm and social atmosphere. Serving over 10,000 meals a year, this program has helped hundreds of community members improve their physical and mental health.
The Table is grateful to lead sponsors OMYA Canada, and Jim Noble Wealth Management for their generous support. To join in the good food and good times, tickets can be purchased online at www.thetablecfc.org where you will also find abundant information about The Table. You can also order tickets by phone at 613-267-6428 x 7 or at The Table at 190 Gore St. E in Perth.