Oswego County Harvest Dinner set for Oct. 18

Two of Oswego’s best chefs will be creating six delicious courses for guests of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s Fourth Annual Oswego County Harvest Dinner on Friday, Oct. 18.

The dinner will showcase the quality and diversity of agriculture in Oswego County by featuring locally grown and sourced food from local farmers and agriculture businesses. The featured chefs this year are Eugene Batrak, Head Chef of The American Foundry, and Peter Belmonte, Executive Chef of Red Sun Fire Roasting Co.

Oswego-born Eugene Batrak is the new Head Chef for The American Foundry. However he is no stranger to the kitchen, serving as sous chef for 10 years to the former Head Chef, Emil Nymander, a great man and chef. Batrak has worked in restaurants since he was 14, both in the front and back of the house. He has a great passion for food and has also worked as a private chef in New York City. The American Foundry is located at 257 West Seneca St. in Oswego and will once again be the host of this annual celebration of local food.

Red Sun Fire Roasting Co.’s Executive Chef Peter Belmonte is a former Marine, turned award-winning Executive Chef. Belmonte has been a chef for 19 years and an executive chef since 1999 mainly in New York City and New England. His food has received seven Four-Diamond Awards by AAA and, while working at The Inn at Thorne Hill, that establishment was rated on Conde Nast’s Gold List twice. He left fine dining two years ago to enjoy life more. Belmonte joined Red Sun earlier this year and appreciates cooking with a more rustic approach. The Oswego County Harvest Dinner falls in line with what Red Sun’s approach to dining is, using seasonal and local foods. Red Sun Fire Roasting Co. is located at 207 W. First St. in Oswego.

Assisting with the prep work for the event is the Oswego County BOCES Culinary department. Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts classes will help prepare the local foods for the chefs to utilize in their dishes. From peeling potatoes and garlic to chopping onions and squash, the students will gain valuable experience in food preparation.

The Oswego County Harvest Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased ahead of time. Prepaid reservations can be made sending payment to CCE of Oswego County, Harvest Dinner, 3288 Main St., Mexico, NY 13114. No tickets will be sold at the door. The event is expected to sell out as it has in the past, so make your reservations now.

The evening will start with a social hour, including a sampling of Oswego County beverages. Guests will be served a six-course meal showcasing the delicious and diverse agricultural products produces in Oswego County, followed by the guest speaker. There will also be raffle baskets featuring Oswego County’s finest agricultural products and more. For more information on the Oswego County Harvest Dinner please call 315-963-7286 or e-mail lkw39@cornell.edu.

Oswego County is a rural county, with a prosperous agricultural community.  The diversity of land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables. Within the county there are at least seven local farmers markets, with one open almost every day of the week. The agricultural community in this county generates $39.4 million in annual revenue from 639 farms and supplies over 5,000 jobs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for the community through education that is valuable to the lives of Oswego County residents. For more information, call 963-7286 or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org.

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