A Fresh Take on the Harvest Dinner - Eat Local Month 2020
In lieu of twinkly lights, tinkling glasses, and the chatter of 150 people gathered under a white tent, the 5th annual Harvest Dinner is headed straight for your picnic blanket or home dining table every Friday evening between September 25 and October 16. Rather than one night of revelry, Local First’s revived Eat Local Month will stretch a beloved tradition of celebrating local food into an entire month of gourmet take-home meals and behind-the-scenes footage of local growers, preparers, and advocates for Durango’s local food scene.
The Harvest Dinner was initially launched as the picture-perfect salute to the plate, a dream started by Dandelion Cafe owner, Alison Dance, who has worked tirelessly for more than two decades to encourage Durango's local food movement.
"It's not just about supporting local farms," says Dance. "It's about a whole harvest vision that this community continues to grow and bask in. It's a celebration of the food shed that feeds us all."
Despite the unforeseen challenges of 2020, the journey toward food security in Southwest Colorado hasn’t stopped. To honor the hard work of our farmers and chefs, Local First and many community partners have coalesced to create a safe, healthy celebration of local food.
For this year’s Eat Local month, participants can purchase a ticket for a three-course meal to be picked up on every Friday between September 25 and October 16. Tickets for one week cost $75 while foodies, friends, and the curious can purchase all four weeks for $250. Tickets include taxes, gratuities, tasty morsels, hand-crafted cocktails, and hand-selected wines. Tickets are on sale now. Quantities are limited and will sell fast, so event hopefuls are encouraged to purchase tickets early online at local-first.org/eatlocalmonth.
All proceeds benefit local farmers, restaurants, nonprofits, and Local First's efforts to promote local food purchasing through the local, independent business community. This event is made possible with the support of In the Weeds, the Good Food Collective, Durango Land and Homes, Resilient Restaurants, Basin Printing, Celebrating Healthy Communities, and City of Durango as well as a passionate group of restaurateurs, farmers, local food supporters and volunteers.
Founded in 1996, Local First is a non-profit organization that supports local, independent businesses as they work together to build a planet that values people, the planet, and prosperity for everyone.