Throughout 2010, Pegasus Coffee House will offer a series of monthly dinners featuring locally produced meats, vegetables, eggs, milk and other foods. The idea, according to Executive Chef Jeff McClelland, is to take the public’s growing interest in local foods to the next step.
“Sometimes there can be a little bit of a disconnect once that food gets into a bag and gets into people’s home,” he says. “Lots of folks are into local food, but we really want to celebrate it!” McClelland is calling the series “The Locavores Dinner", and is preparing for the kickoff dinner May 25th.
McClelland will be working with wide range of ingredients including, for example, beef from Harlow Cattle Co., Spanaway; pork from Lopez Island; eggs from Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, produce from the Olympic Peninsula, dairy products from the Skagit Valley; and, of course shellfish and seafood from Puget Sound and the Washington Coast.
The cost will be $60 per person, or $85 per person with wine pairings.The dinners will be served family-style, one setting per evening, with advance reservations required.
When reserving a seat (buying tickets) you will be charged only for the meal, additional charges for wine, tax and gratuity will be applied the night of the dinner.
Subsequent dinners will be held each month on: Tuesday Evenings - June 22, July 20, August 17, September 21 and October 19.
It’s not the first locavore dinner for McClelland, who is a graduate of the Chef’s Institute of America, Hyde Park. His kitchens at the Harbour Public House and Pegasus Coffee House have been featuring local meats, fish, bread and vegetables for several years. His past dinners included benefits for the Madrona School and the “Friends of Farming” community.