Winthrop Area Rotary Club Hosts 1st Annual Harvest Dinner
We fed approximately 150 people in the hall and sent home a dozen meals. We took in $1428 at the door, which will slightly surpass our fundraising goal for the event after all expenses are paid.
Almost everyone who offered feedback gave a glowing review. One diner even said it was the best meal at a public supper she's ever eaten. We ran out of Garlic Encrusted Prime Rib, Orange and Ginger Glazed Ham, Curried Collards, Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Puree, Mashed Potatoes with Leeks, and Roasted Mushrooms and Peppers. Still, he had plenty of food available to feed everyone who wanted a complete and balanced meal, even the family who arrived at 6:50 pm carrying a five-month-old baby boy with the smile of an angel and the appetite of a grown man: Roasted Pork Loin with Apple Gravy, Oxtail Soup, Hearty Vegetable Soup, Roasted Root Vegetable Medley, Roasted Potatoes, Peas, Fall Green Salad with Goat Cheese, Dried Berries, Pecans and Balsamic Vinegar, Rolls, Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie and many other desserts. Rotarians were able to savor the ribs from the Prime Rib that essentially braised in the pan juices during the roasting and the resting. They were simply out of this world.
Set-up was perfect. The hall looked amazing. Eric ran the kitchen like a commander-in-chief. And all who helped -- Andy, Bill, Charlie, Jeff, Jerry, Jop, Patrice, Peter, Phil, Priscilla, Ryan, Trudi and Eric's godson Joki, who carted desserts and worked the room with style -- served the people like restaurant professionals. I'd also like to thank Eric, my godson Heath, Jop, Peter, Steve Dodge and his son Zeb for their help harvesting and prepping food at the farm on Friday.
I'm both proud of and humbled by our efforts. We thank Ballard Meat & Seafood and the Winthrop Congregational Church for your help with this project and continued support of this Club.
Thank you all very much. Keep up the great work.