Roughwood Seed Collection Dinner At Kensington Quarters


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For farmers, fall means fermenting the last of the tomatoes, shelling the too-big-to-eat green beans, and the drying of the chile peppers to harvest seeds for next summer’s crops. One of Pennsylvania’s horticultural treasures is a collection of seeds begun in 1932 that represents more than 4,000 heirloom food plants. And this Thursday, October 15th, you have a chance to taste some of these special plants at Kensington Quarters.

Oh, and also? We’ve got the menu.

The dinner is a partnership among chefs Damon Menapace, Rob Marzinsky, and Palmer Marinelli to showcase vegetables from the Roughwood Seed Collection. Begun in 1932 by H. Ralph Weaver, the collection is currently in the hands of his grandson, William Woys Weaver, who discovered it tucked away in the freezer following his grandfather’s death.

William Woys Weaver began planting the seeds, many of which are indigenous plants and heirloom varietals from Pennsylvania, and he’s added thousands of rare varieties from around the world to the collection.

Dinner, available by special reservation in Kensington Quarters’ upstairs space only, is five courses with a beverage pairing and service included. It’s pay-what-you-can and all proceeds will go to furthering William Woys Weaver’s work on the collection.

A Dinner for the Roughwood Seed Collection

King Philip Corn

‘sapan,’ sunchoke, hickory nut, elderberry

Zambesi Cheese Pumpkin

smoke, ‘curry’

PA Dutch Beans

focaccia, dried beef

Roughwood Collards

roast pork, biquinho chili

Puhwem Delaware Corn & Nanticoke Pumpkin

pie, fig leaf ice cream

Menu, paired wine, and service: pay what you can. You can email Kensington Quarters for reservations from 6:00 to 9:30.

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