Bloomfield HillsAugust 6, 2014
Return to Your Roots at Bowers Farm
By Elizabeth Scussel
C & G Staff Writer
BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Friends of Bowers Farm and The Root Restaurant are inviting the community to reap the fruits of their labor.
On Aug. 24, the second annual Return to Your Roots dinner will be held at the Charles L. Bowers School Farm. The event — which is also a salute to Michigan’s food economy — aims to raise awareness of the programs and amenities available to the community at the historic farmstead.
“We have children visit the farm all the time. This dinner allows us to give adults a chance to see what the farm is all about — all its magic and fun,” said Geri Dunkle, secretary of the Friends of Bowers Farm. “It’s one thing I can’t get over. When you drive through the gate (at Bowers Farm) and you see the barn, you’re suddenly not in the city anymore. It’s just really cool.”
Preparing the meal will be chef James Rigato of The Root Restaurant in White Lake. Much of the country fair-inspired meal will be harvested directly from the farm, including lamb and freshly picked produce.
The inaugural event had a menu offering beer and mustard braised Bowers Farm lamb, house tzatziki, ancho and Bowers Farm honey barbecued Miller Farms amish chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, Bowers Farm baby turnips, hard-boiled Michigan farm fresh eggs, watermelon salad and more. The meal was topped off with house-baked pies, dark chocolate brownies, sea salt chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars.
“Last year’s event was amazing. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s a first-class experience,” said Holly Glomski, farm manager. “We’re celebrating agriculture with this event. Pair that with amazing food and activities — the whole experience is just magical.”
Dunkle explained that although the meal consists of adult fare, children are also welcome to join in the farm festivities, as they do have a hand in meal preparation.
Glomski explained that one highlight for the children attending summer camps at the farm is the picking of the produce for the dinner.
“The kids aren’t used to direct, from-the-farm food,” she said. “It’s an amazing thing to blend our students with this event. They get to use what they’ve learned throughout the camps. It’s fun work for them.”
Dinner guests will also have the option to explore the farm and take part in activities, including a sunset wagon ride tour of the 97-acre farm. Also featured will be a silent auction, carnival games and refreshments.
“One attendee last year told us, ‘It wouldn’t be a good summer without a party like this,’” Dunkle said. “And that was really cool.”
The dinner will be held 6-9 p.m., and tickets are $60 per person. Charles L. Bowers Farm is located at 1219 E. Square Lake Road in Bloomfield Hills. To purchase tickets or find out more on the Return to Your Roots dinner, call (248) 644-1671, visit www.friendsofbowersfarm.org or send an email to email@example.com.