Monday, August 8, 2011

EUREKA SPRINGS CELEBRATES SUMMER HARVEST

As part of their 125th anniversary year observation, August will see the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa celebrating the summer harvest with two signature events: an epicurean-style five-course dinner on Wednesday evening, August 10; and a War Eagle Mill Sunday Champagne Brunch on August 14.
“Throughout our quasquicentennial we will be taking our guests back to our roots,” said hotel general manager Jack Moyer, “and during two signature events this month we will be taking that „roots‟ word literally.
“For just as those founding fathers of the Crescent and those early guests feasted on local and area produce, we will follow suit and celebrate this year‟s summer harvest by featuring the edible abundance of our local and area farmers. Never before will history have tasted so unbelievably delicious.”
On the evening of Wednesday, August 10, guests will not have to drive the country roads of Carroll and nearby counties for fresh, summer produce. These farm-fresh food items are being delivered to the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant in time to prepare Greater Eureka Springs' first-ever “Farm-to-Table Dinner”.
This gala evening event will feature produce and other locally and organically provided food items that will be transformed by the professional chefs of the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant into a five-course epicurean-style meal that will begin being served at six o‟clock. Preceding the dinner, guests will be able to sample both organic red and organic white wine offerings from a French vintner. A cash bar will also be available.
Two well-known and well-respected area organic farmers, Patrice Gros and Andrew Schwerin, are joining Michael Jaschke, executive chef for the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, in producing this effort. Both have been instrumental in bringing to Eureka Springs‟ area
residents a weekly Farmers‟ Market. Some of the farmers who sell their produce at that market will be providing many of the key ingredients for the five-course feast.
Menu items to be featured during the evening include Bruschetta: Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Greek Vinaigrette; Trio of Baked Eggplant with Sautéed Arugula and Southern Beans; Grilled Squash with Sautéed Bell Peppers and Okra; Entrée de Porc with a Blueberry Sauce; and for dessert, a Peach Clafoutti.
Providers include Ozark Natural Foods, Slow Food (Fayetteville Chapter), Eureka Springs Farmers Market, Oak Hill Farm, Foundation Farm, Dripping Springs Gardens, Homestead Farms, Fiddlehead Farm, Shady Grove Farm, Roaring River Bread Company, Raspberry Ridge Farm, and RP Beef.
Jaschke outlined the reason for the event, “We could not be prouder of our local area farmers. We, along with other local restaurants, utilize the products of these farmers whenever possible. This dinner is an effort to showcase their products while putting the spotlight squarely on the fresh, locally-grown foods as they go directly from the farms to our tables; fresh and delicious.”
Cost for the five-course epicurean-style dinner is $40 per person. This price includes the wine tasting which begins at 5:00 p.m.
“Seating is limited,” Jaschke explained, “so patrons interested in attending this one-of-a-kind taste full soiree should purchase tickets as soon as possible.”
Tickets are on sale at the weekly Eureka Springs Farmers‟ Market located in the Pine Mountain Village on Highway 62 East, plus other locations that include Carroll County Fresh, Eureka Market, and Community First Banks in Eureka Springs and Berryville.
A “natural” follow up to Wednesday‟s dinner is the transformation of the Crystal Dining Room‟s famous Champagne Sunday Brunch into one that will feature products from nearby War Eagle Mill (WEM). This historic grinding mill, located of Highway 12 between Eureka Springs and Rogers, utilizes a huge buhrstone powered by the natural flow of War Eagle Creek. It was purchased in 2004 by Marty and Elise Roenigk.
“This facility, which is one of Arkansas‟ top „working‟ tourist attractions, has built a proud reputation of using only the finest quality grains which are ground fresh daily. It was the health-oriented aspect of this historic business that enticed the Roenigks to preserve The Mill,” Moyer noted.
Featured in the August 14 brunch will be two kind of pancakes –prepared right before your eyes- utilizing WEM‟s Buckwheat and Blue Cornmeal, WEM syrups, a catfish fry utilizing WEM fish batter, ham and beans utilizing WEM Bean Mix and ham from Garner Hill Farms, and WEM cornbread with WEM jams and jellies. This is in addition to the normal abundant array of taste treats offered weekly by the professional culinary staff of the Crystal Dining Room and served each Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Champagne is served tableside.
Cost of this special brunch is $24.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. Reservations are strongly suggested by calling 479-253-9766. ANGEL,your Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast and your Eureka Springs Weddings Chapel, the best place for Eureka Springs Lodging



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