Menu Firming Up for May 16 Community Dinner Hosted by Bridgeport Farmers Market

By Julie Perine on March 31, 2019 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

As time gets closer to the May 16 Bridgeport Farmers Market community dinner, market vendors – who are cooking up specialties for the dining event – release menus they will be featuring at Bridgeport Conference Center.
 
Owned and operated by Brittany Poth-Lesmann and Patrick Lesmann, Rural Roots LLC will be cooking up spicy honey BBQ grass-fed beef sliders.
 
Grilled to perfection, the sliders will be topped with homemade honey bbq sauce featuring local honey from Awag Bees, fresh greens and onions from Jennings Brae Bank Farm, locally prepared candied hot peppers from Sunny Hollow Farm, and homemade buns by Rural Roots.

The couple started as a Bridgeport Farmers Market vendor in 2016 as Poth Farms, selling grass-fed beef. They have since expanded the family business with grass-fed beef sliders as their specialty.
 
“We use as many local ingredients from the area as possible,” Poth-Lesmann said. “Our favorite time of the year is late-summer when produce is in abundance and we can share the many flavors offered by their local farmers while customers shop the market.”
 
The Lesmanns attribute their success to the market and have ventured out to offer catering to other local events and special occasions.
 
“Though we both have other careers, hospitality has always been a passion of ours,” Poth-Lesmann said.
 
Original post about BFM Community Dinner:
 
Bridgeport Farmers Market has grown to become a well-known venue where area residents can purchase fresh, local produce, flowers, eggs, meats and poultry, as well as homemade breads and sweets and hand-crafted artisan wares. In May, the operation will shift to the market’s outdoor location where market goers can browse dozens of vendor tents, finding just about anything their hearts desire.
 
To fund the popular farmers market, a Wild, Wonderful Table dinner – featuring a farm-to-table cuisine – is held in early-autumn in an area outdoor rural setting. That dinner will continue this year, but the market is also bringing back another traditional fundraising dinner - actually, a series of dinners - the first to be held May 16.
 
“This is something we used to do prior to the Wild, Wonderful Table and we’re bringing it back to raise additional funds for the market,” said Scott Duarte of the Bridgeport Farmers Market board of directors. “It will be held at Bridgeport Conference Center, but instead of the conference center doing all the food, we’ve invited different chefs from the market to each have a station and feature a dish made of local products that can be found at the market.”
 
Featured chefs are Cody Thrasher of Cody’s/Hashbrowns and New Grounds, Geoff Kraus of Thyme Bistro, Brittany Poth-Lesmann and Patrick Lesmann of Rural Roots, LLC and Shawn Duarte of Bridgeport Conference Center/Mia Margherita. 
 
Heather Leeson of Artisan Breads will provide fresh-baked bread and Heather Leeson and Kaycee and Frank Crislip of My Little Cupcake will provide a special dessert. A local brewery will be on hand with its brews available for sampling.  
 
An open bar will be available and local musician John Posey will provide entertainment. Everything from food to drink to decor will feature a component of the market. 
 
"The event is shaping up to be a very unique heritage based culinary showcase involving many members of the Bridgeport Farmers Market," Scott Duarte said. "We’ve hosted community dinners in the past. However, this will be a first involving multiple vendors of the market to pull together a true community event in support of the market. I think it will provide a nice sneak preview of what’s to come with the 2019 season at Charles Pointe."
 
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the April 14 winter market inside Bridgeport Conference Center or through the Bridgeport Farmers Market Web site HERE.
 
The May 16 fundraising dinner at Bridgeport Conference Center is the first dinner of its kind in 2019, but there will be more.
 
Debbie Workman of the BFM board of directors said the dinner series – as well as the Sept. 21 Wild, Wonderful Table event - play important roles in supporting the market.
 
“The Wild, Wonderful Table is our major fundraiser and has a high price point for a reason,” she said. “We really also wanted to do a community dinner in the spring to showcase our vendors. It has a lower price point, so more people can come experience a farm-to-table dinner event, showcasing not only our market chefs, but also our farmers, bakers and other vendors as they are available.”
Tickets are limited for the May 16 dinner, so folks are encouraged to purchase as soon as possible.
 
The April 14 indoor market – the last of the season – will be held 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. at Bridgeport Conference Center.
 



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