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WESTFIELD STATE TO HOST FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER CELEBRATION AUG. 28 IN HONOR OF THE LATE DR. HENRY WEFING Proceeds to benefit journalism scholarship established in professor’s honor

The Westfield State University Department of Communication, in partnership with the Department of Institutional Advancement, will host a farm-to-table dinner celebration in honor of the late Dr. Henry Wefing on Sunday, August 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the university’s Horace Mann Center.  Wefing served as a professor at Westfield State for 30 years. The dinner honors both his commitment to Westfield State students and his passion for organic and locally-grown food. The event’s proceeds will benefit a journalism scholarship established in his honor.

The Aug. 28 dinner menu will feature locally sourced ingredients. Menu options include chorizo stuffed Pioneer Valley cherry tomatoes and Hadley zucchini cakes with yogurt mint dollop for appetizers and grilled Thai lemongrass Pioneer Valley chicken and fried North Atlantic pollock taco with in house tortilla and Westfield pico ]de gallo for the main entrees.

Diners can enjoy relaxing music while sitting at a long table located next to the garden Dr. Wefing planted in 2007. The late journalism professor regularly donated the garden’s bounty to the Westfield Food Pantry. Following Dr. Wefing’s passing in 2015, the garden remains vibrant and is tended to by Westfield State faculty, staff and students, who continue his tradition.

The dinner also mirrors Westfield State’s expanded commitment Foundation, the university launched a self-operated food services program based on a farm-to-fork model. The new program aims to offer healthier, sustainable meal options for the campus community.

Dr. Wefingbegan teaching at Westfield State University in 1985. Prior to his passing in 2015, he taught in the Communication Department, specializing in journalism and writing courses. The first Henry Wefing Journalism Scholarship was awarded in spring 2016.  “We wanted to find a way to honor Henry and to continue to uphold the standards of journalism that he taught for future generations of journalism students,” said Dr. Tom Gardner, professor of communication.

Dinner tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance as space is limited. To reserve seats or view the full menu, visit www.westfieldalumni.org/henrysdinner. For more information, contact Suzanne Boniface at sboniface@westfield.ma.edu. In the event of inclement weather, the dinner will be held inside the Horace Mann Center.

 

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