By Rich Place
Community members are once again invited to dine together for an evening of food and conversation, this time at a Valentine’s-themed meal scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17.
Building off the success of the first Seasonal Supper held in mid-December, Erin Horton — owner of Edible Crush and Fresh Smart Cafe — will offer a Special Event Dinner that will again transform the vacant 39 East Main St. into a candlelit restaurant for an evening.
Although the Seasonal Suppers are held in conjunction with the Art’s Cafe and Springville Center for the Arts, this dinner is slightly different — Horton is coordinating this one without SCA.
“Is it going to be the same type of experience and environment? Yes,” Horton said. “But the Arts Center isn’t focused on this one — they are focused right now on fundraising.”
The premise of the meal is to give area residents “an option to do something totally cool and different in town,” Horton said, while also collaborating with local businesses. Plus, the event brings activity for an evening into what is now a vacant storefront in the Union Block.
Similar to the Seasonal Suppers, this special dinner will feature a handful of local businesses that combine their efforts to make for a memorable evening. Most notably is Edible Crush, Horton’s catering business, that will provide the food.
In addition, Horton said she plans to involve Fresh Floral and Gifts, local photographer Elizabeth Pellette and Colden-based Triple Sweets at this dinner. She said the event allows these local businesses to expose themselves to additional clientele.
“We made new friends, we got to know people, we supported each other and got our names out to people who hadn’t heard of us before,” Horton said about last month’s Seasonal Supper, which also included Emily Karr Photography.
And in her role as chef, Horton was excited to talk about the four-course dinner’s special menu, which she joked is a bit “racy.” Much of the food at the meal will be aphrodisiacs, a play on the Valentine’s Day theme.
“It’s meant to be fun and funny,” she said. “It’s still a community dinner and community based, we are just having a little fun with it.”
Menu includes fried oysters with artichoke aioli; shrimp, avocado and berries appetizer with pomegranate seeds, figs and honey; a main course of surf and turf with an option for non-meat eaters as well; and a warm chocolate ganache with dippers platter. The event is bring-your-own drink.
At the last dinner held at 39 East Main St. — the former site of the Farmer’s Daughter cafe and, most recently, the Echoes Through Time Civil War museum — organizers transformed the vacant space into a visually-appealing atmosphere that resembled a restaurant setting.
This time around there will again likely be candles setting the mood, a new idea of edible centerpieces providing some of the decor and plenty of seating all planned. Horton said it’s planned that Pellette, the local photographer, will take photos at the event for guests.
“It’ll be candlelit, warm, friendly and funny,” she said.
It’s expected the next Seasonal Supper will be held in early spring, according to Horton. Eventually, the plan is for those suppers, the first of which Horton coordinated with longtime friend Allison Duwe, to be held at the Art’s Cafe.
Tickets for the upcoming special event dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at 39 East Main St., will be $39 excluding tax and gratuity and are available through the Facebook event page, at Fresh Floral and Gifts or by contacting Horton at 359-8286 or email@example.com. The last day to purchase tickets is Feb. 11.