Let’s eat: Morris County Supper Series brings best local foods to Morristown, Sept. 23


It’s a given in life, as sure as death and taxes.  When dining out with friends, you will be interrupted in mid-punchline by a waitperson on autopilot who will demand: “How is everything?”

Wouldn’t it be delicious to fire back your own demands?  As in:

“Well, as a matter of fact, I have some questions about this meal. Can you please bring out the chef who prepared it?  And while you’re at it, fetch the farmer who grew it, too.”

Surprise, surprise! You will get your chance on Sept. 23, 2012.  The Morris County Supper Series No. 4 at the Hyatt Morristown will feature locally sourced entrees, desserts and spirits. And the producers and preparers of these items will field questions during three hours of food, awards and music.

Locally Grown logo, sustainable morristownThe Supper Series is a joint production of the Highlands Dinner Club, the Hyatt, the Daily Record and Sustainable Morristown, with entertainment by the Byrdgrass Acoustic Trio and awards recognizing sustainably minded entrepreneurs and nonprofits from Morristown and the county.

Winners of a silent auction can take home local cheeses and quiches, a new bicycle, and maybe even a chef or two for a private home meal, courtesy of the Highlands Dinner Club. It all starts at 4 pm.

Tickets are $85 per person and $150 per couple if purchased before Sept. 18; after that, prices are $100/175.  Proceeds benefit Sustainable Morristown and the town Office of Sustainability.

Both of these organizations are committed to promoting sustainability without taxpayer funding. This annual dinner helps make that possible, said Paul Miller, the town’s sustainability coordinator and a founding trustee of Sustainable Morristown.

He is involved in Morristown’s drive to become recertified this year by Sustainable Jersey, a group that rates municipalities’ progress in energy conservation, social justice and economic prosperity. Sustainable Morristown, which incorporated as a nonprofit earlier this year, also is gearing up to help create a longterm sustainability plan for the town.

Funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Sustainable Morristown initially comprised a coalition of the town, the Morristown Partnership, the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Inspired Futures Campaign of the U.S. Partnership.  For a time, Sustainable Morristown also was our neighbor here on MorristownGreen.com.

Going forward, Sustainable Morristown will serve as a clearinghouse for information and assist organizations with community projects, Paul said.

Marty Epstein of Marty’s Reliable Cycle is serving as interim president of the newly designated nonprofit. Joel Harmon of FDU’s Institute fort Sustainable Enterprise serves on the board.

Their challenge, Paul said, is recruiting the next generation of sustainability leaders.

In the meantime, here is the lineup for Sept. 23:

Collaborating Chefs & Eateries:

Terry Guise – Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza
Stephen DeMarco – Villa Enterprises Black Horse Tavern, George & Martha’s, The Office
James Laird – Restaurant Serenade
Robert Ubhaus – Rob’s Bistro
Ben Walmer – Highlands Dinner Club
Andrea Lekberg – The Artist Baker
Wendy Taffet – Enjou Chocolat
Erik Laracuente – Grassroots Natural Market
Steve Delpino – Kings Food Market

Participating Farms & Food Innovators:

Alstede Farms
The Promised Land
Flocktown Farm
Grow It Green Morristown
Valley Shepherd Creamery 
Ralston Farm
Tassot Apiaries
Mushrooms etc
Wholly Wholesome
Zone 7
Oak Shade Farm
A Gardener’s Kitchen
Griggstown Quail Farm
Foodshed Alliance
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ
Community Soup Kitchen

Organic & Biodynamic Wines
Wine Chateau / Chardonnay Wines – Morristown

Hand-crafted Artisan Spirits
Philadelphia Distilling
Talero Tequila

Locally Brewed Beers
River Horse Brewery
Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Organic, Fair Trade Coffee
Smart World Coffee – Morristown / Denville

Musical Entertainment
Byrdgrass Acoustic Trio



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