Chef Little Shows local is luxury with annual Harvest Dinner

Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Events, Restaurants, York County

Chef Andrew Little

Embracing the farm-to-table philosophy and a modern take on local Pennsylvania-Dutch cuisine, Executive Chef Andrew Little will be celebrating the fall harvest this Sunday with the 5th Annual Harvest Dinner at the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover.

Chef Little will be working with local farmers,  including meats and cheeses from Beau Ramsburg and his daughter Morgan of Rettland Farms, to produce the five-course dinner. The meal will also feature seasonal produce straight from Chef Little’s own Culinary Garden at Sheppard Mansion.

The dinner is in its fifth year and Chef Little has been please with the response it has received.

“Response has grown every year. I think people are becoming more interested in where their food comes from and the people who produce that food,” Chef Little said. “This dinner is not only a celebration of the harvest, but also an opportunity to meet and talk with the people who grow their food.”

For those interested in attending the dinner, tickets/reservations are available through the Sheppard Mansion website or by calling 717.633.7500. Tickets are $105 per person and can be purchased through Friday, Oct. 7.

The dinner will include a walking champagne reception as well as a five-course prix-fixe menu with wine pairings. Chef Little said dinners can expect a great evening of food and drink as well as the opportunity to learn about where their food comes from.

“Between each course, the producer who is represented by the course will speak about their farm and their products,” he said.

But more than anything, the event is a celebration of the season, Chef Little said.  “The driving force behind starting this dinner was to have a celebration of the harvest and provide the people who produce the amazing products I work with to have an opportunity to meet and greet the people who dine on the finished product in our restaurant.”

You can learn more about Chef Little by visiting his blog, www.chefandrewlittle.blogspot.com.