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From Farm to Manchester, with Love


The Farmers Dinner at XO in Manchester, June 22.
The Farmers Dinner at XO in Manchester, June 22.

MANCHESTER, NH – Something new and exciting is brewing on the exploding Manchester dining scene – next in a series of farm fresh dining experiences that includes locally-distilled spirits.

The  next installment of The Farmers Dinner will take place on June 22 at XO On Elm in Manchester, featuring a five-course meal locally sourced and endorsed by a team of regional foodies.

More than exquisite food, The Farmers Dinner aims to up the ante while promoting a sense of community and focused awareness about the importance of knowing where your food comes from. 

Organizer Keith Sarasin explains that home-style seating is a deliberate and essential element of the fine dining series.

“We set up the dining room with a home-style seating plan and have guest speakers and local farmers interact with the diners between courses, which encourages interaction among the diners and speakers,” says Sarasin.

Family-style dining enhances the sense of community for The Farmers Dinner.
Family-style dining enhances the sense of community for The Farmers Dinner.

The menu is crafted from ingredients that are in season and picked fresh. Since this is the first time The Farmers Dinner has been planned in Manchester,  Sarasin has added a special twist.

“We decided to bring in award-winning mixologist Jared Bracci who will be pairing New Hampshire made spirits from Djinn Spirits in Nashua with courses using local in-season flavors. This spirit pairing is optional but we think the customers are going to love the amazing flavors that Jared is mixing up,” says Sarasin.

The Manchester Food Co-Op will present a progress report on efforts to bring a co-op to the city, and how that will also work toward building community.

Generation Farm of Concord will be on hand to discuss organic produce, including how to grow organically in your garden, and why it’s important to understand the benefit of organics.

Great Harvest Bread Co. of Nashua will be discussing how they incorporate locally sourced flavors into their bakery, and Rickety Ranch of Hollis will be talking about their efforts to help rescued animals in our area.

The Farmers Dinner allows diners to meet the people who are growing and preparing their food. In addition, diners receive recipes listing local area farms and information on how to prepare the dishes they have that night. Vegetarian options are always available.

For additional information, email: info@thefarmersdinner.com

Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at www.thefarmersdinner.com [an additional +$20 for spirit pairing.]