CISA Taste the View benefit in Whately

September 12, 2013
The Recorder

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is hosting its annual benefit event, Taste the View, on Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Quonquont Farm in Whately.

The event, which also celebrates CISA’s 20th anniversary, honors the beauty and bounty of the Pioneer Valley landscape and will feature a locally sourced harvest dinner prepared and presented by The Kitchen Garden of Sunderland, a Local Hero farmer and caterer. The event will also include music and a live and silent auction.

CISA’s mission is to strengthen local agriculture by connecting farmers and the community. For this event, more than 55 of the Local Hero farms and businesses donated ingredients and goods such as beef, apples, honey and cheese to produce the Taste the View meal.

“Taste the View wouldn’t be the success it has become without the kindness and generosity of our Local Hero members. And this year’s event is special because it’s also CISA’s 20th anniversary … and we are so excited to hold it again on a farm and to have a farmer caterer, The Kitchen Garden, prepare this exquisite meal,” said Executive Director Philip Korman.

The event is CISA’s most important fundraising event of the year.

“This is all possible because of the generosity of our local businesses, farms and volunteers and our heartfelt thanks go out to them,” said Kelley Manson, CISA’s development director.

The auction features donated items from area farms, businesses and individuals, including a week’s vacation at a country farmhouse in France, a private dinner for eight, a winter CSA share from Riverland Farm of Sunderland and a wine tasting for six at Mount Warner Vineyards in Hadley.

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