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On Friday, July 20th we’re hosting an event that we feel gets to the heart of farm-to-table dining, which is, in turn, at the heart of what we do at Söntés. At 5:15pm, join us for a cocktail hour reception prior to the Rochester screening of the film American Meat. (To learn more about the film, see our earlier interview with the director, Graham Meriwether.) The menu for the reception is especially prepared by Chef Bryce to highlight the amazing flavors of food from producers right here in our area. Not only that, but he proves with this menu that bold international flavors can  be heartily enjoyed with fresh local ingredients.

Because part of the goal of the event is to introduce you to the wealth of food available in Southeastern Minnesota, we’d like to take the time to tell you a bit about the producers whose ingredients will be featured at the reception. But first, the menu!

American Meat Pre-Premiere Reception: Menu

Hart Farms Chicken Mousse on Sugar Cane with Nouc Cham, Local Lettuce, and Pickled Local Veggies

 Hart Farms Local Beef Kefta with Roasted Local Tomato and Saffron Aioli

Hart Farms Indonesian Style Lamb Satay with Satay Sauce

Pronschinske Elk Open-faced Elk Torta with Lemon Espuma

Merrill’s Merry Bees Beet on a Stick Salad with Local Blue Cheese, Honey Dressing, and Candied Walnuts

 Whitewater Gardens Roasted Vegetable and Herbed Cream Cheese Crostini on Housemade Baguette

Our Local Producers

Whitewater Gardens is a great purveyor of local vegetables. Owners Lonny and Sandy Dietz have 6 to 10 acres of vegetables on their farm, including several small hoop houses with geothermal heating that enable the farm to produce mid-winter vegetables.

Richard & Marilyn Merrill of Merrill’s Merri Bees create fabulous local honey. After the couple retired, they decided to spend their time raising bees. At Söntés, we’ve been using their honey for almost six years. If you’ve a hankering for honey yourself, you can find them at a local farmers market.

Jay Pronschinske of Winona, Minnesota has a passion for elk. He has a full-time job elsewhere, but devotes the remainder of his time to his small herd of free-range, pasture-fed elk. Pronschinske Elk provides high quality elk products and can be found at area farmers markets, including the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market.

The Hart family of Hart Family Farms revitalized their family farm only recently with a thriving meat business. You can often find their excellent beef, chicken, and lamb served up at Söntés in a variety of dishes. In addition, they breed and train work horses.

The Event Details

The pre-screening reception starts at 5:15pm on the 20th. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased easily online here (advanced purchase required).

Tickets to the screening (which will be shown at 7:00pm in the Heinz Center at RCTC) are $10, and may be purchased in advance through the film website or at the door. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker, Graham MeriwetherTessa Leung, owner, Sontes Restaurant of Rochester (or Chef Bryce Lamb of Sontes); David Kotsonas, market manager of the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market, which supports sustainable agriculture with 100 vendors within 50 miles of Rochester; Lisa and Eric Klein, owners and operators, Hidden Stream Farm of Elgin, who raise and direct market natural pork, pasture-raised chicken and grass-fed beef in Rochester and Twin Cities; Dan Litwiler, founder of Livable Rochester and president of board, Good Food Co-op.

We hope to see you on Friday!