Sold-Out “Winter Harvest” Event at The Delray Beach Historical Society Honored Farmers Past and Present

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Delray Beach’s remarkable agricultural heritage and current farm-to-table renaissance was the inspiration for the food and wine pairing event that took place at The Delray Beach Historical Society, Wednesday, January 15th. Seventy lucky ticket holders gathered to taste the culinary creations of four of Delray’s most acclaimed chefs and taste wine pairings from celebrated Sommelier, Stephanie Miskew. There was a waiting list of 82 for tickets to the $45 per person event. The evening began with a first-course, “Catch of the Day” Ceviche and champagne reception in the Ethel Sterling Williams House, where guests toured a gallery of historic farming photos and meandered through a farmer showcase. Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, Thomas Produce Company, Farmer Jay Pure Organics and Yee Farms shared bags of complimentary local veggies, fruits and fresh herbs and talked to guests about their farms and mission to get the word out about what they do. Afterwards, the elegant, four-course, sit-down portion of the evening took place outside under the canopy of the Jacaranda Tree in the main courtyard adorned with twinkle lights. Tables were set with flameless glowing candles and featured awe-inspiring centerpieces created and donated by Daren Bahl of The Tailored Twig. Each centerpiece with four-foot sugarcane stalks, gladiolas, ornamental pineapples, fresh flowers and greens told its own story of Delray Beach’s nostalgic agricultural past. Chef Eric Baker from Max’s Harvest, Chef Jimmy Mills from Jimmy’s Bistro, Chef Nick Morfogen from Thirty-Two East and Chef Michael Haycock from The Grove created dishes representing their restaurants and honoring the theme of the evening. Wait staff in tuxedo dress delivered plates as each Chef described their dish and talked about the local farms they partner with and the significance of sourcing local. Certified Sommelier, Stephanie Miskew sourced complementary wines from the North Coast of California from Art + Farm Vineyard for the evening and spoke about each pairing and answered questions from the enthusiastic crowd. Co-presidents of The Delray Beach Historical Society, Angela Kumar and Leslie Callaway, are very grateful to the event sponsors without whom the event would not be possible— Floridian Community Bank, Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market, The Florida Farm Bureau, Thomas Produce Company, Mr. Sandy Simon and Allen and Mary Whittemore. Through sponsorship donations and ticket sales the event raised approximately $4,800 to help fund important educational programs, exhibits, City archiving efforts and staffing at the non-profit Delray Beach Historical Society. President, Angela Kumar reflects, “It truly was an evening to remember and honor those hardy and adventurous pioneers that settled here in the late 1800’s and turned Delray Beach’s raw land into the humble beginnings of a rural farm town along the banks of what is now known as the Intracoastal Waterway. They were filled with awe by the untouched wilderness and saw something in Delray. They persevered and tamed the wild into a thriving community. We’ve come full circle with our Winter Harvest event and are thankful to all of the local farms in our area and the restaurants who support them!” Angela adds, “We really wanted to get the word about our local farmers, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs and area farm markets. We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive feedback we’ve received and requests to hold additional events like this. The community really came together, had a great time and celebrated something truly unique and special happening in Delray Beach.” Visit or call the DBHS to learn more about their calendar of events plus membership and volunteer opportunities. 561.274.9578 or www.delraybeachhistory.org The Delray Beach Historical Society is located at 5 NE 1st Street, Delray Beach, FL 33444.