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Chef to prepare Harvest Dinner Aug. 27 at Nisswa Community Center

Posted: August 19, 2011 - 8:27pm

NISSWA — The third annual Lakes and Farm Harvest Dinner will be Aug. 27, at the Nisswa Community Center. Those attending may get a taste of area foods grown by area producers and prepared by master chef, Tom Kavanaugh. 

The event features a farmer’s market, guest speakers on the importance of our common watershed quality, a chance to taste wines offered by Spirits of Nisswa and the dinner. 

This end-of-summer event began as a celebration of some of the unique work being done locally to educate and implement methods to improve the common watershed shared by both producers — farmers and ranchers — and lakeshore dwellers. 

Organizers said the diversity of our region, with its lakes and farm and ranch lands, shares one important resource — the watershed. Understanding and protecting the region’s watershed brought together such diverse groups as the Cass County Farm Bureau, the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association and the Pine River Watershed Alliance. 

Water quality became the common ground for working together, dinner organizers said. Educational efforts concerning the water quality have sprouted. Out of doing the work of understanding each other’s needs and understanding this areas watershed, came the idea of a Harvest Dinner — to celebrate the success of working together and to share information with the larger community about means to protect this watershed.

This year, speakers, Phil Hunsicker and Sally Wakefield from Envision Minnesota, will give a talk following the dinner. Throughout the evening, The Allen Family will provide music. 

Sponsors of the dinner include: Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, Nisswa  and Leader Lions Club, Cass County Farm Bureau, Pine River Watershed Alliance, Minnesota State Cattleman’s Association and Stonehouse. 

Tickets are $20 and available by calling 218-543-6257, 218-568-5530 or 218-587-5531. The event starts at 4:30  p.m., cash bar 5 p.m. and dinner served at 6 with music and a program to follow.