WELCOME

Last December, we celebrated the start of a new era for Saratoga Springs’ last operating farm, a 166-acre property that had been in the Pitney family since its purchase by Jonathan Pitney in 1862.

Tonight we celebrate again, and thank all who are helping to achieve the Pitney family’s vision of a major center for sustainable farming, education in agriculture, and training of farmers in advanced, small-scale techniques.

The tireless efforts of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors are making possible the rapid development of Pitney Meadows Community Farm into a home for community gardens, year-round produce, and agricultural education. By participating in tonight’s event, you are helping to further Pitney Meadows’ educational mission through support of the high tunnel in which we are seated for this remarkable dinner, establishment of a Children’s Garden and Greenhouse, and the development of a network of trails.

Together, we are ensuring the Pitney family’s agricultural legacy will endure forever. Thank you!

Katie Petronis
President and Board Chair, Pitney Meadows Community Farm

John Sconzo
Vice President, Pitney Meadows Community Farm
Chair, Fire Feast on the Farm

Sandy Arnold
Board Member, Pitney Meadows Community Farm
Vice Chair, Fire Feast on the Farm

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HONORARY COMMITTEE

We acknowledge with special thanks the contributions of Barbara Glaser, whose long commitment to open-space preservation and support of the Community Gardens and High Tunnel have helped to make possible the rapid development of Pitney Meadows Community Farm.

Harvester
Mark Bremser
Dan Forbush*
Rita Forbush*
Mary Anne Ross
Heather Straughter

Cultivator
Katharine Petronis*
Mark Petronis*
Ellie Richardson*
Derek Richardson*

Seeder
Ellen Downing*
Todd Downing*
Ellen Fontaine
Maria Fontaine
Patricia McBride Friesen
Jesse George*
Alexandra George*
Laurie Herman
John Klopstock
James Meinhold*
Genia Meinhold*

Seeder
Michael Mulshine
Tom O’Connor
Monica Raveret Richter*
Wayne Richter*
Martin Stone
Connie Stone
Martha Strohl*
Vivian Urdaneta
Rocco & Karen Verrigni
Leisa Waterhouse
Kate Wimpfheimer
Janice Woodbury

*Founding Patron


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HORS D’OEUVRES

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
Matt Weekes, Chef, Henry Street Taproom

Charred Summer Beans
Kevin London, Chef, Farmhouse Food

Arugula Pesto
Kevin London, Chef, Farmhouse Food

Green Gazpacho with Poblano, Tomatillo, and Herbs
Rory Moran, Chef, Comfort Kitchen

Corn & crab hush puppies with cilantro Serrano aioli
Dan Spitz, Chef, FatnHappy LLC

Romanesco with Feta and Dukkah
Nick Ruscitto, Chef, Peck’s Arcade

Moroccan Spiced Plank Salmon with Tubi 60 Agrodolce
David Britton, Chef, Dakine Cuisine / Pies on Wheels

Beef Liver Mousse, Sumac Cracker and Fermented Rhubarb Mostarda
Michael Lapi, Chef, SUNY Cobleskill / Chefs Collaborative

Cultured Dandelion Butter, Radish, Fermented Garlic Mustard Powder and Honey
Josh Coletto, Chef, Heirloom Fire / Chefs Collaborative

Spanakopita with Spinach Grown on Pitney Farm
Kim Klopstock / Lily & the Rose Catering

Milk Punch
Eamon Rockey, Bartender

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FIRST COURSE

Oysters & Shrimp / Cocktail: Blood & Sand
About the Chefs & Bartender

SECOND COURSE

Striped Bass / Cocktail: Spruce Tip Sour
About the Chefs & Bartender

THIRD COURSE

Pork / Cocktail: The Honey Tree
About the Chefs & Bartender

FOURTH COURSE

Lamb / Cocktail: Chinese Connection
About the Chefs & Bartender

FIFTH COURSE

Beef / Cocktail: Rauchbier Blend
About the Chefs & Bartender

DESSERT

Corn Gelato with Blueberry Crumble / Cocktail: Mezcal - Citrus Cordial - Sage
About the Chefs & Bartender

Activities

MUSICIANS

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Energetic, joyous, fresh, fun…Heard’s sound aims to waken up your ears, enliven your heart, and even get you up and dancing! Original world music with jazz roots, influences from West Africa, Brazil, places in between and points beyond…and they recently hit #15 on the JazzWeek WorldJazz charts with their new release, Karibu!

Cradle Switch
Cradle Switch is a five-piece acoustic Americana group, based in Cambridge, NY. Tunes include originals and a range of songs drawing from bluegrass, country, folk, and a little blues. Singer-songwriters Ferrilyn Sourdiffe and Dave Lawlor swap out guitars for banjo and mandolin, while Kate Ritter brings it on the fiddle, along with some angelic vocal harmonies to add to Ferrilyn and Dave’s robust vocals. David Cuite adds some bounce on the upright bass as well as lead and harmony vocals, David Norman throws in some percussion (and has been known to wear his special washboard tie to gigs).

The North & South Dakotas
Created in the winter of 2011 by founding members Zack Hay, Mark Retajczyk and Colin Hunt, The North & South Dakotas set out crafting a sound that paid homage to the spirit of old time American music, mountain folk and singer-songwriter traditions. With the addition of drummer Mike Graves and utility-man Nayt Patenaude, the band continued honing in on a sound containing elements of bluegrass, country, folk, honky-tonk, and rock and roll. The mixture of each members’ different musical background has culminated in a unique, harmony-rich, genre sweeping sound, determined to break up the monotony of the modern airwaves.

Tim Wechglear
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing for nearly 40 years, Tim has played with many of the area’s musicians, including the McCrells, Jim Gaudet, the Railroad Boys, and, currently, Big Medicine.

SILENT AUCTION

Pavilion Grand Hotel Package
Treat yourself to a one-night stay in a luxurious penthouse loft suite plus dinner for six guests at Fish at 30 Lake, a welcome platter upon arrival from the Blue Peacock Bistro, a Bronze Package from the Make Me Fabulous Salon, Bridal & Spa, and complimentary valet parking. A $1,200 value.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Tickets
Four tickets to a classical performance in the 2018 season. A $200 value.

Yankees Versus Red Sox at Fenway
Root for the team of your choice at this August 20 matchup in Boston. Enjoy the game from two seats behind home plate. A $300 value.

Dinner for 10 at Historic Scotch Hill Farm
Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings for 10 guests at the historic Scotch Hill Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. This is the former home of Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are. Joining the guests for dinner will be a long-time friend of Sendak, Arthur Yorick. A signed poster will be included. Estimated value: priceless!

Great Golfing at the Top of the World
Invite three friends to join you for a great outing at Lake George’s fabulous Top of the World Golf Resort. A $270 value.

The Best of Saratoga Springs
Sample the city’s best with this package of certificates from local restaurants, coffee houses and taverns. A $250 value.

The Adirondacks from the Air
If you’ve never seen the southern Adirondacks from a hot air balloon, here’s your opportunity to invite a friend to join you and Cowboy Ballooning for an unforgettable journey. A $200 value.

Fresh Flowers Delivered Monthly
Receive a beautiful fresh floral arrangement each month of 2018 from Gatherings Wildcrafted Botanicals.

Coffee and More from Uncommon Grounds
Show your love for this Saratoga Springs institution with a $50 gift card plus an Uncommon Grounds T-shirt and 16-ounce travel mug. A $75 value.


ABOUT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Katie Petronis, President
John Sconzo, Vice-President
Billie Taft-Sitler, Treasurer
Barbara Glaser, Secretary
Sandy Arnold
Paul Arnold
Michael Kilpatrick
Jesse George
Kim Feeney London
Rich Torkelson
Jim Meinhold

ADVISORY COUNCIL
Alisa Dalton, Chair
Crystal Stewart
Thomas R. Kershner
Peter Goutos
Suzanne Balet Haight
Susan Knapp

FIRE FEAST TEAM
John Sconzo, Chair
Sandy Arnold, Vice Chair

Paul Arnold: Buildings & Grounds
Robert Arnold: Web Site & Tech Support
Lisa Bates: Operations Support
Josh Coletto: Firemaster
Leslie DiCarlo: Operations Support
Brendan Dillon: Bar Organizer
Ian Flacke: Operations Support
Dan Forbush: Promotion
Pat Friesen: Honorary Committee & Silent Auction
Pattie Garrett: Photography & Facebook
Tom Garrett: Buildings & Grounds and Photography
Dan Graham: Design
Suzanne Balet Haight: Flowers & Landscaping
Trish Malone Kircher: Operations Support
Kim Klopstock: Bar Manager
Kate Porter: Poster Distribution
Michael Lapi: Meat Sourcing & Butchery
Kim Feeney London: Front of House Manager
Ryan McFadden: Beer Sourcing & Sponsorships
Amy Pollard: Photography
Lucas Sconzo: Music Organizer
Rocco Verrigni: Kitchen Volunteer Organizer & Silent Auction
Christopher Wallace: Sponsorships & Silent Auction


SPONSORS

Brookside Nursery & Garden Center

Queensbury Hotel

Lily and the Rose

Henry Street Taproom

Titos Vodka

SM2 DEV

Druthers

Allerdice

Bonterra Organic Vineyards

M. Tucker

Saratoga Living

Explore Saratoga

Eco Products

Hamlet & Ghost

The Adirondack Trust Company

Adirondack Sign Company

Balet Flowers & Design

Four Seasons Natural Foods

Sound Solutions of Saratoga

Superior Merchandise Company

Wine Co.