I have always been proud of our little town, from the people, to the businesses to the support from all of our guests, we have a pretty amazing town! So a few months ago we were approached by the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard to host a fundraiser. We tossed around a couple of ideas and I mentioned I have always wanted to put together a Farm to Table dinner. Surprisingly they liked my crazy idea and we started to run with it.

At first we wondered if we could even get enough people to donate food from their gardens, would other people be interested in attending, do we have enough help to pull this off? After many meetings, phone calls and emails I am in awe of how much people are willing to donate and help out at the event!

So if you haven’t done so already – mark your calendars for Saturday, July 30th from 5-9pm as we host our Farm to Table Tasting. Grab your family and friends and enjoy an evening of sampling wine and beer and tasting a great variety of appetizers made from foods of our local farmers.

We’re still working on a final menu (come on, Mother Nature, we need a little rain this week) but in the meantime we’ve been cooking up a couple of appetizers that we hope to share with you including poached peaches in a white wine reduction sauce, baked maple syrup chicken, blueberry chevre sandwiches, roasted potato bites drizzled in honey, BLT boats, pickle dips and crostinis topped with a pepper jelly.

We’ll have a couple more items ready as well but in the meantime make sure you get your tickets today! Pre-Sale Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple or buy them at the door for $30 per person or $55 per couple.

Your ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, 4 wine or beer samples and a selection of appetizers and desserts. You can purchase tickets at the Nelson Garrettsville Community Cupboard, Perme Financial Group, Ellerhorst Russell Insurance Agency and of course at the winery or through our website CandlelightWinery.com.

While you enjoy the food selection, be sure to stop by the raffle prize table and buy a couple of tickets for your chance to win some fantastic prizes! Plus local musician Cullen Davis will be entertaining everyone throughout the evening with his talent.

Of course this event wouldn’t be possible for everyone who is donating food for the event so I would like to say thank you to Birdsong Farm, Diane’s Desserts, Geauga Farms Country Meats, Hermann Pickle Farms, Krzys Family Maple Syrup, Mackenzie Creamery, Monroe’s Orchard & Farm Market, Ranch Wagon Farm, The Tiny Jelly Company, Top Tier Pastry and Wolff’s Blueberries!

I look forward to seeing you at this exciting and delicious event!

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.