The first Feast of the season was held at Yianni’s at the Chatham House in Chatham, New York. The beautiful Inn is located in the center of town. The aura and charm of the area is totally evident at Yianni’s. The entre’ of choice was accompanied by a tremendous selection of New York State wines donated by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. A reception tasting the local wine was provided by the Hudson-Chatham Winery. Those who joined in the festivities were an amazing and diverse group of agricultural education supporters, including several political and industry leaders.
Jim Davenport, Columbia County Farm Bureau President, welcomed the group, and Jeff Kirby, the Executive Director of the Foundation was the Master of Ceremonies. Following an invocation by David Kosztyo, a Foundation Board Member, and a heartwarming toast by Melissa Mirabile of USB, a Foundation Director, as well as a Feast sponsor. Everyone enjoyed a fabulous meal complimented by many local products.
We took a moment to recognize Fred Perrin for his support and work for the Foundation, as well as agricultural education. The Food & Farm Experience, a two-day boot camp for middle and high school career counselors, was reviewed and explained highlighting the tremendous success the program has experienced and the amazing potential it holds for every community.
The evening wrapped up with the raffle drawing. The grand prize was a Childress framed print, “Proud to Be A Member”, that was won by Jim Davenport, Columbia County Farm Bureau President. The 12 New York “local” Commodity Collections that were taken home by 12 Feast attendees, were filled with great local products and tastes. In addition, we drew raffle winners who took home cheese donated by Hudson Valley Fresh.
Thank you to all who helped in so many ways, and to the many supporters and sponsors. From the “tasting” reception and wonderful dinner, highlighted many local partners. Please be sure to check the Foundation website for a listing of its many donors and sponsors who support our agricultural education programs.