An Abundance of Hope
On the beautiful evening of July 30, as the rain clouds receded into the night, we hosted our first dinner at Sage Farmhouse in Media, PA. Kim Fink of Sage Farmhouse has been an incredible support of our work, and we were excited to host 35 people to share a meal with us in her charming space. The evening started off in the courtyard with mint kombucha, a blueberry lemon spritzer, mushroom bruschetta, grilled peaches and burrata cheese with arugula, cherry tomato, and a tamarind balsamic reduction, fried pickles in a caper remoulade, and cucumber herb rolls. It was a joy to see old friends connect, new friends made, and everyone enjoying the summer's harvest transformed by the alchemy of natural gourmet cuisine.
As the sun set and the fireflies began their dance, our guests moved inside to the rhythm of Brazilian jazz and were escorted to their tables for the harvest feast. Already at their table, our guests sat down to a duo of sweet corn and zucchini-basil soup, a concoction from the imagination of our chefs Adrian Seltzer and Tae Richmond-Moll. Guests then enjoyed eggplant medallions with a smoky baba ghanoush, couscous salad, sour cilantro cream, and red pepper coulis. Before dessert, our guests cleanses their palette with watermelon granita. Our grand finale was a trifecta of orange honey baklava, blackberry and tarragon compote, and coconut whipped cream.
Above all, the night was a celebration. We celebrated with our dear friend and Seven Harvests team member, Stephen Rizzo, on his graduation from Philabundance's Community Kitchen Culinary Arts Program. Philabundance offers low-income and no-income residents of Philadelphia an opportunity to learn professional culinary skills as an entry into the hospitality and restaurant industry. Many students are newly returning to society, transitioning out of addiction and incarceration. Philabundance is committed to working with students for two years after their graduation, helping them find job placement. More so, Philabundance's Community Kitchen offers hope to those who desire to make a positive change in their life.
We are happy to be partnering with Philabundance in this work, and we are ever thankful for their commitment to Stephen.