White Goose Bistro chef Ryan Cyre can hardly wait to see people’s reaction to his mouth-watering mushroom barley rissoto.
The delicacy is on the dinner menu along with the creations of other local chefs that will be served up in style at the fourth annual Summer Night of Seasonal Delights.
Top chefs, food artisans and farmers will be coming together at the Community Garden on Milburn Avenue to celebrate the local harvest.
“I will be using mushrooms from a local mushroom farm and barley instead of pasta, also from a local producer,” said Cyre. “I enjoyed it last year. It’s a good opportunity for local chefs and producers to come together and share ideas.”
Wade Magnant, who has been a chef with North 54 for the past two years, will be adding his own fresh vegetable creation to a main course of locally raised lamb.
“I’ll be using locally grown tomatoes and squash,” Magnant said, careful not to tip his hand about his recipe. “Another chef is looking after the main course lamb and I’ll be taking care of the vegetables. We’re all involved in the afternoon tastings.”
Indeed, visitors will be able to wander the gardens and check out all the varieties of flowers and produce grown there. They will also be able to listen to local musicians and sample local fare like honey, breads and jams.
Other chefs taking part in preparing the evening meal are from local eateries like Temptations and CIMOs.
“This is a good time to celebrate International Kitchen Garden Day with local food producers, chefs and food artisans,” said organizer Jovanka Djordjevich.
“On behalf of Community Gardens we hope everyone will enjoy having a taste of summer.”
Summer Night of Seasonal Delights takes place Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Community Garden at 1540 Milburn Ave.Afternoon tastings and explorations are from 4 to 6 p.m., with a ticket price of $25. Afternoon tastings, explorations and an al fresco dinner at 6:15 p.m. will cost $55. Tickets are on sale at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
For more information phone 250-564-3859.