Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Dinner offers delicious way to honor local farmers
Sarasin said during his five years as a professional chef, he noticed a big disconnect between restaurants and local farmers. For example, local restaurants were buying apples grown in other parts of the country, rather than from the orchards we have in our own backyard. So, he started The Farmers Dinner to shine a light on all the amazing local food we have available to us.
Several farmers providing Sunday’s ingredients will be there so diners can meet the people who grow their food. Representatives from the Manchester Food Co-op will also be on hand to educate guests about their efforts to make local food more accessible.
“We create a sense of community where you’re breaking bread with people you don’t know,” he said, explaining that since everyone there has a passion for local food, natural conversations spring up, and some even lead to business and romantic relationships.
At press time, there were only seven tickets left for Sunday’s dinner. But don’t worry. More dinners are planned, including one in September on a banquet table for 200 people in the middle of Nashua’s Main Street.
Mini-putting for Cam
Often, people do not know much about a disease until it affects them or one of their family members. That was the case for Rich Hebert and his family, who suddenly had to learn all about cystic fibrosis when Hebert’s grandson, Cameron Soucy, was diagnosed with the life-threatening genetic disease just a few weeks after birth.
All are welcome to participate in the tournament, which starts at 11 a.m. and costs $10 per person. There will be food donated by Goldenrod Restaurant and Sal’s Pizza, music, and raffle items. Merchants Motors is the main sponsor. Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole or donating more raffle items can email Hebert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who look forward to the Amoskeag Communty Volunteers’ annual charity yard sale, you will not find us in our traditional east side Manchester location this year.
Longtime gracious host of this extra-large sale Glenda Hand has passed the torch, and this year’s sale will be held at 9 Rockforest Drive in Hooksett, a beautiful cul-de-sac perfect for all the great deals we will be offering from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.
Just when I thought I had seen every fundraiser known to man, I find out about Float the Boat. This Saturday at 2 p.m., a 6-foot cardboard boat will be launched out into Dorrs Pond while onlookers wait for it to sink. With supporters pledging money for every minute it stays afloat, the longer the better.
So, she decided to turn it into the Float the Boat (www.floattheboat4m.org) and raise money for Special Touch Ministries, which supports the needs of people with disabilities and runs the North East Special Touch Summer Getaway for the people they serve. Kippin said the money raised will go toward scholarships for the camp.
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