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Cruciferous and root crop showcase

LynAnne Vucovich • Nov 7, 2019 at 8:10 AM

MILAN — The Culinary Vegetable Institute at the Chef’s Garden will host vegetable showcases throughout the new year. Cruciferous and root crops will be the first vegetable highlighted from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

The Culinary Vegetable Institute is located at 12304 Mudbrook Road, Milan. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. after cocktails.

“The inspiration behind the veg showcases originates with the chef garden,” Katy Hollenbeck, the office manager, said. “Everything is fresh.”

The next showcase will take place in March featuring carrots. In this series, the event is centered around a four- to six-course meal on the seasonal vegetable. The institute attempts to use every part of the vegetable and considers every preparation, according to its website.

“There’s going to be a fire in the fireplace and music,” Hollenbeck said. “There’s always a wine pairing to go along with the courses; it’s going to be cruciferous vegetable-filled.”

The vegetable is usually paired with meat and/or fish and every event has a customized menu. Those building the menu consider flavors and experiences in every aspect.

“Jamie Simpson is the mastermind behind the menu,” said Hollenbeck, who noted people have grown to respect and enjoy Simpson’s ability to execute the dinner. 

Anyone with dietary restrictions or allergies should notify the Culinary Vegetable Institute within 48 hours of the event. To accommodate vegetarians or vegans, the institute should be notified at least 72 hours prior to the dinner.

There is a casual dress code as if they were entertaining at home. The drive and parking lot are unpaved and maybe dust or muddy.

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