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Clarke Area Arts Council presents locally sourced dinner

Clarke Area Arts Council, with premier sponsors Clarke County Development Corporation and Honey Hill Event Center, is hosting a locally sourced dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Honey Hill Event Center, 1400 W. Clay St., in Osceola.

The idea for the locally sourced dinner came about in January, when Michele Evink was approached by contacts in Des Moines.

The dinner is a five-course dinner, featuring James Beard nominated chef Sean Wilson of Des Moines and Molly Crawford of Mayberry’s in Osceola.

It features food grown and produced in Iowa, with an emphasis on food from Clarke County. The dinner will include discussions of the food being eaten and the producers and chefs will join guests at the table during the meal.

Dessert will be homemade autumnal pies from Mayberry’s and small-batch ice cream from Black Cat. Ice cream flavors include cardamom honey and honey bourbon.

Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Timber Ridge Country Market is providing meat and cheeses and Harvest Barn is providing meat and squash. Two Saints Winery is providing wines.

“It’s a tremendous story, when you think about we can put together this awesome meal from the bounty of Clarke County,” Evink said. “The intent of the meal is to kind of highlight the food in a different way.”

Anyone interested in attending the locally sourced dinner can contact Evink at michele.evink@gmail.com.

Proceeds from the meal will be turned into a spring semester artists in the schools series that features the culinary arts.

“This is so important to our economy as those in the culinary arts contribute to the lifestyle of Clarke area residents and positions are often challenging to fill,” Evink said.

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