WHEELING - Oglebay Institute is once again teaming up with local farmers and chefs to present the 3rd annual Farm to Table Culinary Tasting Event from 1- 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. The event includes a variety of farm-fresh dishes prepared onsite by some of the area's top chefs.
Event highlights include a diverse menu of seasonally fresh produce, lamb, chicken and beef, cooking demonstrations, a farmers' market, organic wine and live music on the Stifel Lawn. Guests will enjoy tent hopping from chef to chef tasting sweet and savory dishes, purchasing fresh foods to take home and learning about the advantages of eating locally grown food.
Oglebay Institute's Farm to Table events in 2011 and 2012 sold out, and organizers are planning for a packed house again this year.
The lawn of Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center will be overflowing Aug. 18 with foodies, farmers and families as the organization presents the 3rd Annual Farm to Table Culinary Tasting Event, which features some of the area’s top chefs preparing menu items from locally grown, seasonally fresh produce, lamb, beef and chicken.
"This event has been extremely well-received and has quickly become an annual tradition for many area residents," said Misty Klug, director of marketing and communication for Oglebay Institute.
Klug said the event appeals to a wide variety of people - those interested in healthy eating, those who want to support local agriculture and anyone who loves fresh, delicious food.
"This is one of our most popular events of the year, and for good reason. The entire day is enjoyable - celebrating local farms and cuisine on the lawn of one of Wheeling's most beautiful historic homes, sampling tasty dishes prepared right before your eyes, sipping wine while strolling through the Stifel gardens, picking up fresh produce and homemade baked goods to take home. It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon," she said.
All ages are welcome. A special admission price is available for children ages 10 and up. Children under 10 are admitted free of charge.
The event is presented through a partnership among Oglebay Institute, Ohio Valley Farmers' Market and Wheeling Farmers' Market. Event sponsors are Ye Olde Alpha and Miklas Meat Market.
Featured chefs include: Martin Galloway, executive chef at Oglebay's Wilson Lodge; Charlie Schlegel, Ye Olde Alpha; Chef Christian Kefauver, Chef Mark Glass and culinary arts students, West Virginia Northern Community College and Julie Cartwright, Wheeling Country Day School. Diane Conroy of the Ohio Valley Farmers' Market will be preparing a series of desserts.
Chefs and farmers will be available to discuss menu items, and a farmers' market will be set up on the grounds.
"We are so grateful to our partners for helping organize this event, to our sponsors whose generosity enables us to bring this event to the community and to the chefs and farmers whose hard work and talents make this one of the most delicious events of the summer," Klug said.
Reservations may be made by calling 304-242-6855 or online at www.oionline.com/farmtotable.