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June 28, 2013

'Bounty of the County' to aid Schoharie relief efforts

staff reports
The Daily Star

---- — A cornucopia of local foods and other products will be at the center of a pair of events that aim to promote Schoharie County goods and raise funds for flood recovery efforts. 

Schoharie Area Long Term will present two “Bounty of the County” events this weekend: a chef’s dinner on Saturday and an artisans’ market and brunch on Sunday. Both events will highlight locally produced food and crafts, and will benefit SALT, the lead agency coordinating flood recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in the Schoharie Creek basin and surrounding area.

Saturday’s inaugural Bounty of the County Chefs’ Dinner, at the Carrot Barn in Schoharie, is presented in cooperation with the state Comptroller’s office and the Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival Board of Directors. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will serve as the honorary chairman of the dinner. 

The six-course meal will feature ingredients from The Carrot Barn, Wellington’s Herbs and Spices, Barber’s Farm, Bohringer’s Fruit Farm, Shaul’s Farms, Mariaville Farms, West Wind Acres, Parson’s Farm, and Sunnycrest Orchards. The six chefs preparing the meal will be Will Brown of the Glen Sanders Mansion and Mansion Catering in Scotia, Tim Gates of the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar in Troy, Mark Graham of Max London’s in Saratoga Springs, Dimitrios Menagias of The City Beer Hall in Albany, Ian O’Leary of The Ginger Man in Albany and Yono Purnomo of Yono’s/DP: An American Brasserie in Albany. 

The event will also include live music and an auction featuring fine art, artisan crafts and access to experiences and events, such as a catered private dinner for 12, and tickets to performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. 

Sunday’s brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to noon on the lawn of Daughters of the American Revolution’s Lasell Hall at 368 Main St. in Schoharie, featuring locally sourced and produced ingredients.  

The Artisan Market, a free event sponsored by The Apple Barrel Country Store and Café, Hessian Hill Farms and Hive, will run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. More than 20 local artists and producers will showcase products local to Schoharie County, including hand-crafted fine cheeses and other dairy products, pasture-raised meats, homemade fudge, cookies and candy, locally produced wine, beer and spirits, and herbs, as well as locally made candles, soaps, lip balm, lotions and salves, handspun yarn, felted items, wool blankets, quilts, handmade jewelry, pottery, hand-woven baskets and photographs.

In addition, live music and a petting zoo will make this a family-friendly event. Various county restaurants will also be offering food produced from local, seasonal ingredients.

Many farms and businesses are still recovering from losses caused by Irene, organizers said. 

“The need is even greater now after the flash flooding of last weekend,” SALT Executive Director Sarah Goodrich said in a media release. “Morale is very low among the many folks who were hit again.”

SALT has raised $1 million dollars to assist in recovery efforts, but returning to a state of normalcy from this history-making natural disaster still requires considerable support. 

“We really need funds to keep the effort moving ahead, as we are supported primarily by private donations,” Goodrich continues.

To purchase tickets for the dinner, or for more information, visit www.saltrecovery.org or call (518) 702-5017.