Mulberry to host fundraiser farm dinner

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Shelby farm to table event will benefit Farmers Feeding Families

By Ashley Sutter

Mulberry Orchard is teaming up with United Way to bring a farm to table dinner to Shelby County that will benefit the whole community.

“All proceeds benefit the Farmers Feeding Families Program through United Way,” said Amanda Gajdzik, who owns Mulberry Orchard with her husband, Matt. “Local farmers are producing one-hundred percent of the meal.”

Farm offerings include beef, pork and lamb from local farmers.  In addition, the meal will include locally grown fruit and vegetables.

“[We are] very excited that everything is produced in Shelby County and the proceeds will be going back to Farmers Feeding Families to help with food insecurity in Shelby County,” Gajdzik said adding the meal will include appetizers, full entree and dessert, as well.

The meal will be catered by Bristol Bar & Grille of Louisville.

Gajdzik said they plan to actually host the meal in the orchard itself.

“As long as it’s not raining, we are going to be setting up the tables within the orchard,” she said. “So it should be a beautiful evening.”

The dinner will be on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour starting at 5:30.  Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by stopping by the orchard at 1330 Mulberry Pike during regular business hours.  The family farm is open 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. until 5 on Sunday.  You can also call the orchard at 655-2633.

If you are interested in snagging a seat for this unique meal, you’ll want to buy your ticket soon.

“I believe it is very close to being sold out already,” Gajdzik said. “We are preparing the meal for 150 [guests] and it is a ticketed event.”

She said they look forward to hosting more events like this.

“If this one goes well, we hope to continue it in the future,” she said, adding this is the first farm to table dinner they’ve hosted.

Gajdzik said they are looking forward to working with the Bristol, who has done a lot of local food efforts on their own, on their farm.

“We’ve had our produce in their restaurant before. But we are excited to be partnering with them to have them on the farm preparing the meal for our guests,” she said.

Gajdzik said they are excited to host the event and kick off the Farmers Feeding Families program.

“The Farmers Feeding Families is a good program and it’s just getting up and going with United Way,” she said. “I hope this will be a great kickoff for that fundraising effort.”