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Come to the Table dinner auction will feature chefs from Antonio's, One Ten Craft Meatery

For the fourth year, local chefs are working together for the community. 

Come to the Table, a dinner auction by Family Christian Development Center, is a chance for local chefs to team up and prepare a multi-course meal with local food, executive director Mark Mikel told Flavor 574. 

This year’s dinner will have 10 to 12 courses, Mikel said, from appetizers to desserts. 

“We try to get some of the best chefs in the area to come and provide a course,” he said. “We pair chefs up with local farms and food producers to get as high quality and fresh ingredients in those as we can.” 

Come to the Table
5:30 p.m. Aug. 8
The Pond, 3601-3903 E. County Line Road, Nappanee
Tickets: $65, call 574-773-2149 to join the waiting list.

The meal is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at The Pond, 3601-3903 E. County Line Road, Nappanee.

This year’s dinner will feature Paul Cataldo of Antonio’s, who Mikel said will bring a pasta dish; and Jason Brown of Warsaw’s One Ten Craft Meatery preparing an appetizer, Mikel said. 

If the chefs have local farmers they work with, Mikel said, those farmers can supply the ingredients or the organization will connect them with other food producers in the area. 

Mikel said he expects to host 325 guests, and tickets are nearly sold out. There is a waiting list for the remaining seats — call the Family Christian Development Center to add your name to the list. Tickets are $65. 

Preceding the dinner will be an auction and appetizers, Mikel said, including a collector’s edition Henry rifle, a week-long stay at a cabin in the Smoky Mountains and a set of locally made table and chairs.

RELATED: Annual dinner auction could raise thousands for Family Christian Development Center, Aug. 4, 2014

The dinner and auction is the organization’s major fundraiser, and some years raises up to half of the center’s annual budget, Mikel said. 

“As a display of how supportive this community is, sponsorships are up this year over what they have been the last three years,” Mikel said. “To be able to provide the funds to get this thing going, it always amazes me the generosity and compassion in this community.” 

Follow digital producer Danielle Waldron on Twitter @DanielleWaldron. 

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