Tickets for the annual 4-H Community Dinner at Homestead Manor, featuring local meats purchased at the 2018 Williamson County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction, are on sale now for the Nov. 14 event.
The true farm-to-fork dinner will be served family-style from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the events barn at Homestead Manor, 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite.
A desire to know and support the next generation of local food producers and honor the county program’s young farmers and their families brings restaurateur Andy Marshall to the Williamson County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction each year.
“As a restaurateur, the future of our industry is very important to me,” Marshall said. “Coupled with my deep appreciation for Williamson County, its resources and its people, the 4-H program is one of my favorite organizations to support and we look forward to sharing its impact with our friends and neighbors.”
Curated by Executive Chef Chad Starling, the meal will feature various cuts of beef like rib eye, strip, flank, hanger and flat iron, and sides sourced from the Homestead Manor onsite farm, including a green salad with cherry tomatoes, snap peas, radish and buttermilk vinaigrette; grilled broccolini with lemon and garlic; roasted tricolor fingerling potatoes and country ham-braised greens. A cash bar will be available for those who wish to purchase wine or other beverages during the meal and Thompson’s Station distillery H Clark will offer a tasting of several signature spirits during the event.
The Williamson County Fair aims to celebrate the county’s agricultural resources and the talents of its local growers, raisers, bakers and makers. At the annual 4-H parade and auction, students offer up the goats, sheep and steers they’ve spent the past year raising for sale to bidders which often include Fair sponsors and local business owners like Marshall. The livestock can go for several times the market rate, and all proceeds from the auction are put directly toward the students’ college funds.
“The mere sight of Mr. Marshall’s effervescent smile or kind words of encouragement uplifts every 4-H student in our program,” Matt Horsman, Extension Agent and County Director for UT Extension Williamson County, said. “Not only has Williamson County 4-H benefited directly from the support of Andy and Jan Marshall and A. Marshall Hospitality, but their leadership and passion for Williamson County has stimulated others within the community to follow their lead. The Marshall family has been a true blessing for 4-H.”