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The Coppell Farmers Market is hosting their fifth annual Farm to Table Dinner on May 31, 2015. The focus is to celebrate urban and rural relationships in a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. The event at Grapevine Springs Park, 345 W. Bethel Road in Coppell, will begin at 6:00pm with mingling and appetizers followed by a 7:00pm outdoor dinner prepared by chefs and students from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.  Six-courses served on long tables will be paired with locally crafted wine or ale and will spotlight the farmers and producers.  Light jazz by Coppell pianist, Roland Elbert, will complete the experience.  

The goal of the Coppell Farmers Market Farm to Table Dinner is to celebrate all who contribute to a local food system, to spotlight farmers and producers, raise awareness of the value of meals based on farm direct markets, and support local food access to all.  Ticket sale proceeds will support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Lone Star Card) at the market, along with additional promotion of the Coppell Farmers Market.

The CFM volunteer committee has planned this dinner every year with Robby and Victoria Hooker, Two Chefs salsa vendor and professional chefs.  The Hookers assisted with similar dinners in North Carolina with Slow Food before moving to the area and are excited to bring their expertise to this endeavor and involve culinary students in the local food movement.  “It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since we started our dinners and they’ve become a true community celebration of local food,” said Karen Pearsall Gillham, the CFM Committee Chair, “and this year, the chefs and farmers are already planning some extraordinary culinary delights!”

Tickets for the May 31st Farm to Table Dinner go on sale at 8:00am on April 18th at the Coppell Farmers Market, 768 W. Main St.  $100, cash or check only, four ticket limit.  Tickets sold out in two hours last year!

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