Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State holds third annual farm-to-table fundraising dinner

July 25, 2018

Troy Watkins, 413.572.5523,

Westfield, MA – The Westfield State University Department of Communication will hold a farm-to-table dinner on Sunday, August 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Horace Mann Center located at 333 Western Avenue in Westfield.

Titled “Dinner at Henry’s Garden,” the event honors the late Dr. Henry Wefing, professor emeritus of communication, who served the University for 30 years. Proceeds will benefit the Henry Wefing Journalism Scholarship, which has been awarded annually since 2016.

The menu will feature locally-sourced ingredients. Menu options include eggplant rollatini, BLT deviled eggs, and braised beef tostadas for appetizers; grilled chicken with peaches or leg of lamb with chimichurri sauce for dinner; and cornmeal shortcakes with mixed berries and stone fruit for dessert.

Diners will be seated for dinner next to the garden Dr. Wefing planted in 2007. He used to donate the produce to the Westfield Food Pantry. Today, the garden is maintained by volunteers, including faculty, staff and students.

At the event, sponsored by the Westfield News Group, food will be prepared by Westfield State Dining Services Executive Chef Mary Reilly, a gold medalist in a recent American Culinary Federation-sanctioned culinary competition. She is a frequent guest on WWLP’s Mass Appeal, the publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley and the co-author of Home Sausage Making (Storey Press, 2017). A portion of the dinner will be prepared outside on site and Reilly will be available to meet guests, answer questions, and discuss the food and the importance of using locally-sourced ingredients.

The event aligns with the University’s commitment to provide local, sustainable food to its campus community. In 2016, Westfield State launched a self-operating dining services system based on a farm-to-fork model. Today, Westfield State Dining Services partner with more than 30 local farmers and food producers.

Dinner tickets are $45 and must be purchase in advance, as seating is limited and last year’s dinner sold out quickly. To purchase tickets or view the full menu, visit For more information or to discuss dietary needs, contact Suzanne Boniface, adjunct professor of communication at 413-478-2652 or

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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