Wisconsin Farm to Table Welcomed Guests to Roden Echo Valley Dairy for 2021 Event

Roden Echo Valley was the host for the 2021 Wisconsin Farm to Table dinner event. 

Madison, Wis. (November 2, 2021) – It was an evening filled with laughter, discovery and extraordinary food at Roden Echo Valley Dairy Farm as the sun set on a warm autumn evening in West Bend, Wis. on Saturday, September 18. Wisconsin Farm to Table welcomed guests to the dairy farm after postponing their 2020 outdoor dinner event, eager to share the story of how local farmers bring food to their dinner table.

“Our family enjoys welcoming people to our farm to give people a glimpse of a modern-day family farm. We are especially excited for this event to be able to talk directly with consumers over some of the foods that our cows & land helped to provide,” says Jacki Moegenburg of Roden Echo Valley Dairy Farm.

Chef Tyler Sailsbery of the Black Sheep Restaurant based in Whitewater, Wis. orchestrated the five-course menu for the evening, placing special emphasis on a local farmer during each course. Guests learned about a local apple orchard’s beginning as they dove into their appetizer galette, and how fresh sunflowers grown down the road were prepared for the evening’s starter. Locally grown beef was the special feature as the evening entrée, only surpassed by the crème Brule dessert with poached pear.

“Incorporating locally-produced food brings more than just great flavor to our evening’s menu, but a greater understanding of the passion and dedication that goes into producing the food that we all enjoy,” says Chef Sailsbery. “There is no comparison to the true dedication like that of our local farmers and we are proud to feature them throughout our evening.”

The event at Roden Echo Valley Dairy Farm included farm tours and a cheese and wine sampling reception, along with food creations by Chef Sailsbery. Conversation and community were generated as consumers dined on local fare, highlighted by presentations from the farmers contributing dinner ingredients. Throughout this year’s five-course meal, the following farms and local processors were featured:

  • String Cheese from Baker Cheese of St. Cloud, Wis.
  • Spent Barley Grain from Cheese City Beer of Monroe, Wis.
  • Fresh produce including Onions, Squash, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, & Leeks grown by Dennis Winter at the Roden Echo Valley Dairy Farm of West Bend, Wis.
  • Beef from Schmidt Century Farm of West Bend, Wis.
  • Sunflowers and Pears from Gierach’s Orchards of Mequon, Wis.

Local farmers and processors brought the character to the evening’s fare, but the evening would not have been made possible without the support of the evening’s founding sponsors, including KSI, Dairyland Seed, Next Door Brewing, Calf-Tel, Feed Components, Lorrigan Construction, Inc., Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Compeer Financial and Relative Electric, Inc.

Special appreciation is also given to the Newburg Fire Department, the group chosen by Roden Echo Valley Dairy Farm to receive proceeds from the 2021 dinner event. Volunteers from the Newburg Fire Department helped staff the event, and were a key component of the event’s success, ensuring guests enjoyed a positive experience.   

“Wisconsin Farm to Table is focused on sharing the story of agriculture in addition to being dedicated to giving back to the local community, and this year, our host farm has chosen their local Newburg Fire Department,” says Kari Blazei, Wisconsin Farm to Table founder and president. “The Roden family recognizes their presence in the local community and wanted to share their appreciation to such a vital organization they also appreciate. We are happy to help support their organization with this year’s event.”

For more information and updates on the 2022 host farm, dates and to purchase tickets, visit www.wifarmtotable.com, call event contact, Kari Blazei, at (262) 203-4016, or email wifarmtotable@gmail.com.