Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) has added a unique event to their annual calendar this year, as they introduce Eat In The Street. This event takes the growing popularity of the Farm to Table Dinner concept while highlighting the historical, business and art districts in downtown Milford. The event will take place on Sunday, September 22 at 5pm and will be limited to the first 100 individuals that reserve tickets.
DMI Vice President SaraKate Hammer’s inspiration for this event came from an article she read online about the Jonesborough Farmers Market Farm To Table Dinner in Tennessee. The event was started by local restaurant owners Herman and Beverly Jenkins of Main Street Cafe after they saw an article in Outstanding in the Field that highlighted a traveling restaurant that prepared farm-to-table dinners outside literally in farmers’ fields. Jenkins imagined that dinner being held on Main Street in Jonesborough, providing a way to help support their downtown area and the local farmers market.
“It is a celebration of the town, highlighting local foods while showcasing our main street,” commented Karen Childress, Manager of the Jonesborough Farmers Market. “As soon as we placed the table and chairs on the main street we knew it was something special.” This week, Jonesborough will host its third annual Farm To Table Dinner, doubling the size of their guests from the original year.
Milford chefs and restaurant owners including Kevin Reading of Abbott’s Grill, Ramsey Ramsey Schrader of Arena’s Deli and Bar, and Chuck Stanko and George Carroll of Dolce Bakery are designing the menu for Milford’s Eat In The Street event. Nancy Chirdon of Verde Cooking School is helping to connect local vendors at The Milford Riverwalk Farmers Market to supply the produce needed to create the appetizers, entries and desserts. The Eat In The Street Committee is currently searching for locally made libations form area wineries and breweries to include with the meal as well as local entertainment to perform next to the Mispillion Riverfront.
“Often times people feel that they have to travel far away to have this type of an experience,” commented Mrs. Hammer. “The Eat In The Street event is a way to showcase Milford’s culinary arts and chefs in one place, demonstrating all that Milford has to offer. We want this event to bring the greater Milford area together in downtown.”
SaraKate hopes that this event will also instill a sense of pride and belonging in the community as DMI celebrates their ongoing commitment to growing the downtown area as a destination for Milford residents and visitors. This event will bring together farming families, restaurant and business owners and food lovers at one table to share in the past, present and future successes of downtown Milford.
“This event gives people the chance to sit back and look at how much Milford and the Greater Milford area has to offer,” commented SaraKate. “We want people to come away with a sense of ‘yes this is where I live and all of this is made right here in my town.’ Milford has so much to offer in so many areas.” Downtown Milford Inc. continues to offer awareness and support for the visual, performing and culinary arts; the business community; and beautification of the downtown streets.
The Eat In The Street dinner, which will literally be on Walnut Street as the table and chairs will be placed over the middle roadway lines, will offer a three-course meal for 100 event goers that purchase tickets from Downtown Milford Inc. The event committee is still looking for entertainment, flowers for the tables and volunteers to help prepare and serve food. DMI welcomes ideas for the event and encourages individuals to contact SaraKate Hammer at 302-930-0955 or the Downtown Milford Inc. office at 302-839-1180 for more information. Tickets for the event will be available at the Riverwalk Farmers Market every Saturday in downtown MIlford or can be purchased through the DMI office located at 207 S. Walnut Street.