3rd Annual NH Grower's Dinner Showcases Restaurants who Buy Local

As part of the “New Hampshire Local Food Month” festivities, the New Hampshire Food Bank is partnering with the NH Farm to Restaurant Connection and the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Foods on Wednesday August 17th to host the New Hampshire Grower’s Dinner, sponsored by AT&T and Northway Bank.  Proceeds from this gala event will support the NH Food Bank’s Recipe for Success programs which include Cooking Matters™, the Culinary Job Training program, and a Production Garden program. This evening event is a celebration of local and sustainable foods, local chefs and restaurants and the programs at the New Hampshire Food Bank that provide people with the tools to fight hunger and food insecurity on their own.

The NH Grower’s Dinner will take place from 6-9pm on August 17th at the New Hampshire Food Bank’s warehouse located at 700 East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester.  Eleven NH restaurants have signed up to prepare delicious cuisine for guests made with locally-sourced foods.  From Manchester, the Hanover Street Chophouse, Republic Café, and Cotton will all be attending.  The Bedford Village Inn and the newest addition to the T-BONES/CJ’s empire, the Copper Door Restaurant, will bring some tasty treats from Bedford.  O Steaks & Seafood, the Common Man, and the Concord Co-operative Market’s Celery Stick Café will represent the Concord area.  Also attending are the Black Forest Café from Amherst and Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs from Monroe, and the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery will be giving out samples of some of their NH-made brews.

“The Grower’s Dinner gives folks the chance to become more familiar with restaurants that go the extra mile to help NH’s economy by buying local ingredients,” says Melanie Gosselin, Executive Director of the NH Food Bank.  “These restaurants should be applauded for their efforts, and we are delighted to have the chance to partner with AT&T, Northway Bank, and the folks at the NH Farm to Restaurant Connection and the Department of Agriculture for this event.”

Guests will be treated to live musical entertainment as they partake in prepared samples from each restaurant.  Dinner will be served at tasting stations and a cash bar stocked with local beers and wines will also be available.  Tickets are just $50.00 each, and can be ordered by contacting Helen at hcostello@nhfoodbank.org or (603) 669-9725 x145, or by contacting Sara at sbeaudry@nhfoodbank.org or (603) 669-9725 x129.  For more information visit www.nhfoodbank.org.