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Harvest Dinner in Frisco supports High Country Conservation Center

The High Country Conservation Center (HC3) is hosting its seventh annual Harvest Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 9, highlighting local and sustainable food programs in Summit County.
Emily Schmutz / Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: Harvest Dinner

Where: Vinny’s Euro American Restaurant

When: Wednesday, Sept. 9. Seating starts at 5 p.m., reservations required

Cost: $55 for adults, $20 for kids 12 & under

Contact: For more information or to reserve a space, call the High Country Conservation Center at (970) 668-5703.

The High Country Conservation Center (HC3) is hosting its seventh annual Harvest Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 9, highlighting local and sustainable food programs in Summit County. The four-course meal prepared by Chef Vinny Monarcha is built around donations from local farms and food sources and will be held at Vinny’s Euro American Restaurant in Frisco.

“The High Country Conservation Center has sustainable food programs that include five community gardens, a community-supported agriculture program and a grow-to-share food donation program,” said Jessie Burley, community programs manager for HC3. “The Harvest Dinner is a way for us to highlight both the food program with local food, as well as share a little bit about what other types of programs we do.”

This year, Burley said the HC3 decided to spotlight its expanding Summit Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, for which they have achieved about two-thirds of its goal for funding. The HC3 is building three new greenhouses as part of the project.

There are still spaces available for the dinner, although Burley suggests calling early today as the event sells out every year. The menu will feature locally sourced food donated by businesses such as Whole Foods, Forte Foods, Kaleb’s Katch, Snow Creek Ranch, Clark Family Orchards, Bun in the Oven, Uncle John’s Farm Stand, Vail Meat Co. and more. Burley said the meal caters to all dietary restrictions as well, including vegetarians and those who are gluten free.

The Harvest Dinner started as a way to showcase Summit’s local food movement, Burley said.

“We have these beautiful community gardens, and part of the idea behind a community garden is you get to meet your neighbor, you get to learn from them,” she said. “So harvest dinners — if you think about it, Thanksgiving is the same way — is a way to celebrate the bounty of the harvest. It comes in the fall when we have the most food we are going to have for the year, and so it was a way to celebrate and highlight those programs and it’s now turned into a really great fundraiser for our program.”

Space is limited for this event, and reservations are required. Call the High Country Conservation Center at (970) 668-5703 for more information.


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