Spring Long Table highlights locally grown food

Spring Long Table highlights locally grown food

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - This year’s 2019 Spring Long Table was held at Fox Hill Restaurant Monday night.

Guests were served a Mediterranean meal consisting of locally sourced lamb and locally grown fresh vegetables.

Fox Hill’s Chef de cuisine Matthew Swift said, “It’s very refreshing to see a farm to table entity here locally. The ability to work with things and see them actually grow from start to finish, it’s really be a breathtaking experience.”

It was not just the home-grown food that makes the event. It was also who helps prepares the food: Vernon College Culinary Academy.

Instructor Erika Collee said, “Vernon College is the entity that applied for the grant to do these farm to table dinners. We have our students here from our adult classes. It’s just an awesome opportunity for them to experience an actual catered event.”

The dinner brings people together. Wichita Falls resident Ivonne Wineinger said “We need to support our local farmers and we need to embrace the culture that we have here in Wichita Falls. What a better way to do it than an awesome meal, and some good friends, and a good drink?”

Michelle Cramer said, “Honestly when you think about culture, you go right to food. So, highlighting our local farmers, our local food right here at a table with our friends – there's no better way to say welcome to Wichita Falls.”

This is the fourth time a long table dinner has been served in the last two years.

As the Project Coordinator for the Red River Valley Local Food Expansion Project, Monica Wilkinson is passionate about showcasing the goods Texoma farmers have to offer. She does its by organizing a night where the conversation and the atmosphere compliment the main course.

“This time around we had a vegetable carver, we have a winery, we have a florist, we have a photographer, we have chocolates, we have a coffee service, so yeah it’s a pretty big event.” Wilkinson stated.

She also said they plan to have one last Long Table in the fall at the Wichita Falls Farmer’s Market.

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