Eli's Restaurant Group Holds First Annual Farm Dinner

Eli's Restaurant Group Holds First Annual Farm Dinner
All Local Food and Beverage Purveyors

Benefiting two local non-profits

Think Local! Eli’s Restaurant Group will be hosting the first Annual Farm Dinner on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 6-10 pm at Hindinger Farm 835 Dunbar Hill Road, Hamden. Everything served at the dinner will be from Connecticut vendors ~ #1 Fish, Hamden; Liuzzi Cheese, North Haven; Nodine's Smokehouse, Torrington; Hindinger Farm, Hamden; Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield; Jonathan Edwards Vineyards, North
Stonington; Buck's Ice Cream to name a few.

The menu for the night is anything but ordinary. To start, a wide variety of 13 passed appetizers including bacon wrapped goat cheese stuffed figs, strawberry prosciutto sandwiches, duck sweet potato gaufrettes, mini brick oven pizzas, Kobe sliders, brochette station, veggie crudités. A choice of caprese or the famous Eli’s signature salad. Followed by a variety of entrees and sides including beef tenderloin, airline chicken and swordfish, grilled vegetables, corn and sweet potatoes. To finish off the night, some mouth watering desserts including pies, tiramisu and tarts ~ no one is going to leave hungry. And what would a Farm Dinner be without hay rides, tours of the farm and live musical entertainment from Mean Carlene to dance the night away under the stars.

To purchase tickets for the Eli’s First Annual Farm Dinner, call Eli’s On Whitney, 2392 Whitney Avenue in Hamden at 203-287-1101. Tickets are $90 inclusive of tax & gratuity.

A portion of the nights proceeds will be donated to "City Seed" and to "Let's Move," A nationwide initiative promoting making healthy choices, improving food quality in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and increasing physical activity in children.

City Seed is a dynamic, community-based nonprofit organization based in New Haven, CT that seeks to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. From its beginning, CitySeed has worked to overcome the challenges urban residents encounter in accessing local, healthy food while supporting the viability of farming in Connecticut. CitySeed is a very collaborative organization and works closely with a variety of stakeholders in New Haven and throughout Connecticut to ensure the effectiveness and reach of its programming.

Visit: www.CitySeed.org

The Let's Move: America's move to raise a healthier generation of kids. Let's Move campaign will combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that builds on effective strategies, and mobilizes public and private sector resources. Let's Move will engage every sector impacting the health of children to achieve the national goal, and will provide schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better and get healthy.

Finding great Connecticut food and farm products just got easier.

Everything you need grows in your backyard, you just need to look in the right places. Launched in spring 2008, buyCTgrown.com connects you with local farms and local food so you can enjoy some of the best and most delicious things about Connecticut. Visit: www.BuyCTGrown.com

Buy CT Grown's mission is to link Connecticut's food and agricultural community including farmers, consumers, restaurants and retailers to: celebrate and promote Connecticut grown farm products, grow the local economy, and enhance the quality of life in our state.

Buy CT Grown represents a collaboration of Connecticut farm and food organizations working together to fulfill the promise of Connecticut’s vibrant agricultural community.

Buy CT Grown works in cooperation with the CT Department of Agriculture, as well as partner organizations across the state, drawing on this network to provide members with an incomparable measure of marketing reach.

This program is to get kids to start eating healthier. LET'S MOVE: www.LetsMove.gov

Eli's Is The Place To Be! www.ElisOnWhitney.com

At Eli's, the place where everybody knows your name, we offer casual American food with a sophisticated flair. Centrally located on Whitney Avenue in Hamden our menu offers the freshest seafood, salads, mouth watering burgers, steaks and chops and enticing appetizers. Our eighty foot horseshoe bar with 18 H.D. TVs, an extensive selection of beer, wine and martinis and late night menu makes Eli's the perfect place to "hang" with old friends or make some new ones. Our friendly and amiable staff are always ready to please you and your guests so stop by and see why why everyone says Eli's Is The Place To Be!