Local chef James Eddington is upcoming gala’s first culinary feature artist.
The community committee behind a successful annual charitable gala fundraising dinner and auction names a feature artist each year. Most years the chosen person is a visual artist. The Conservation Dinner committee is doing something new in 2015. For the first time, the committee is choosing a culinary artist as the feature artist.
The 2015 feature artist for the Conservation Dinner is chef James Eddington, owner of Eddington’s of Exeter Casual Fine Dining. “When James prepares a meal, it reflects much of the inspiration, creativity, expertise, and visual appeal found in paintings and visual art,” said Paul Anstett, Chairman of the Conservation Dinner Committee. “Fine art is still a big part of the Conservation Dinner experience but the committee also looks for other experiences and talents in the community, in addition to paintings and carvings. We felt James Eddington’s award-winning dining experiences are worthy to be showcased as part of our live auction this year.”
The chef and restaurateur will be preparing a Watershed Culinary Experience Package as his featured work for the live auction. Details are still to be confirmed but this year’s featured culinary artist plans to invite the winning bidder, on a mutually agreed-upon date and time, to join him on a short tour of the region’s farm gate, experiencing micro-presentations from the region’s local farmers, suppliers and producers while foraging the evening’s ingredients. The winning bidder’s evening will begin along the shores of Lake Huron while Eddington prepares a sunset dinner at regional farmers Fred and Shelley Van Osch’s lakefront home. Participation by the winning bidder is welcomed in the kitchen or they may choose to relax and enjoy the glow of the sunset with the sand between their toes. Dinner will be seasonally inspired with local ingredients with a culinary artist’s twist. “I am honoured to have the opportunity to be this year’s featured culinary artist,” said Eddington.
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