Fall Foliage Dinner at the Farm in Republic to benefit Healthy Start

| Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Chef Joe Carei will team up with Duda's Farm on Saturday for Fall Foliage Dinner at the Farm.

He will take the best that Duda's harvest has to offer, creating a five-course dinner. The meal will be used to help raise money for Healthy Start. The festivities will start at 6 p.m. at Duda's Farm in Republic.

Carei, the award winning chef of Caileigh's and Ellie Mae's Catering, will use his talents to create a memorable meal for those attending.

Following a hayride and pumpkin martinis, dinner will start with a selection of appetizers including apple and goat cheese crostini, fall antipasto, duck quiche and pumpkin shooters with crab. The meal will continue with butternut squash bisque with fire-roasted corn, pear and candied pecans over baby lettuces and endive, then Duck Coq au Vin with dried cherry or Sweet Onion Grilled Ribeye. For dessert, the chef will prepare his famous pumpkin cheesecake.

Pumpkin beer will also be available, and BYOB is encouraged.

“We are once again excited about teaming up with Chef Joe for another great meal at our farm,” Mark Duda said. “It is the start of our fall season of hayrides, pumpkin hunts and our famous corn maze — our favorite time of year.”

Carei is excited to help Healthy Start.

“What better group to assist? Healthy Start is instrumental in reducing the infant mortality and low-weight births in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They have many services that assist this goal, but they need funding,” the chef said. “This is a family-oriented cause, and I love babies; I have five children of my own.

“The joy for a chef is using local ingredients for creating interesting dishes, which is what I'm able to do at this event,” Carei said. “I'm fortunate to do what I love.”

The cost of the dinner is $50 per person; children will be half price. Call 724-437-9463 or 724-437-EATS (3287) for reservations, which are necessary. Donations also will be accepted.

The goal of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality, one baby at a time. The group also offers seamless services to improve the quality of life of infants and their whole family. Home visiting services are free for those who qualify and are available to pregnant women, new parents and families parenting a child under the age of 2.

“Chef Joe volunteered to give us some proceeds from the dinner this year to assist us in the community,” said Marlene Kolosky, perinatal systems liaison. “Healthy Start works with pregnant women and families that have children under the age of 2. We are a home-based organization. We are a nonprofit. We participate in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community each May. We also held our first-ever golf outing with the Steelers last year.”

For more information about Healthy Start and ways of giving, visit the website www.healthystartpittsburgh.org or call 724-425-1799.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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