Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Roasted Corn Chowder, Cider Braised Beef Brisket with Roasted Red Pepper, Nectarine Strudel with Bavarian Cream, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Freshly Roasted Coffee, and Locally Crafted Brews and Wines – these are just a few of the menu items served at last year’s Tastes of the Valley event, and a tantalizing preview of the exciting possibilities to come this year. Hosted by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), Tastes of the Valley is an annual feast and fundraiser that will be held on September 13 from 4-7 pm at The Mansion at Bald Hill’s new royal banquet facility in Woodstock, CT. A limited number of tickets for Tastes of the Valley are still available to the food-loving public at $65 per person but will sell out soon. To purchase tickets call 860-774-3300 or go online at www.thelastgreenvalley.org, click on “Shop” and then “Events.”
Tastes of the Valley features food grown and raised in the 35 towns of the National Heritage Corridor, expertly prepared by the finest chefs in the region. Tastes of the Valley showcases the skills of local farmers, chefs, cheese makers, vintners and brewers. This popular event raises funds and awareness for TLGV, and is sponsored by Fiberoptics Technology, Rebecca Harvey, Millennium Power, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, UNFI Helping Hands, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Keith & Elaine Knowlton, Putnam Bank, Southbridge Savings Bank, The Mansion at Bald Hill, Titan Energy, MaryLou Davis, Farm Credit East, Donna & Bruce Kosa, and Village Electric. It’s a great way to enjoy the crisp days of autumn as the region takes on brilliant tones.
The evening includes raffles baskets and silent auction items highlighting the area’s businesses, farms and artists. There will also be a very lively live auction. Unique items from around the region will be offered including a one-of-a-kind Tastes of the Valley Apron signed by all the chefs, an instant wine cellar from the TLGV Board of Directors, a ride-along in an exotic car (Ferrari or Lamborghini) around Thompson Speedway’s 1.7 mile road course, an undercover dinner with a restaurant food critic, entertainment packages, and gift trees loaded with gift certificates, event tickets & more.
The Tastes of the Valley feast will be crafted by the talented chefs of: 85 Main, Bella’s Bistro, Cafémantic, Coriander Cafe & Country Store, G Seven Catering, Grill 37, Heirloom Food Company, Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village, Publick House Historic Inn, Renee’s Working Girl Catering Service, The Farmer’s Cow, The Inn at Woodstock Hill, The Mansion at Bald Hill, and The Vanilla Bean Café.
Delicious farm-fresh products will be provided by: 18th Century Purity Farms, Baldwin Brook Farm, LLC, Blackmer Farm, Blue Slope Farm, Buell’s Orchard, Chase Road Growers, Couët Farm & Fromagerie, Creamery Brook Bison, Devon Point Farm, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Good Bug Gardens, Hart’s Greenhouse & Florist LLC, Lapsley Orchard, Maple Lane Farms, Meadow Stone Farm, New Boston Beef, Palazzi Orchard, Raspberry Knoll Farm, Taylor Brooke Winery, The Farmer’s Cow, Turtle Ledge Farm, Unbound Glory, Wayne’s Organic Garden, We-Li-Kit Farm, Westford Hill Distillers, and Woodstock Farms.
The delectable offerings of the feast will be complemented by beverages from: Ben’s Beans, Bentley Brewing, Black Pond Brews, Hosmer Mountain Soda, Maple Lane Farms, Marty’s of Dudley, Mrs. Bridges Pantry, Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Taylor Brooke Winery, Westford Hill Distillers, and Willimantic Brewing Company.
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor – the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. A dynamic nonprofit organization, TLGV works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. We help you to care for it, enjoy it, and pass it on!