Farm to Table Dinner moves from Main Street to Gallagher barn

Staff Reports Posted 31 July 2017 at 7:49 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The inside of the Gallagher is pictured last summer for a wedding reception.

MEDINA – With a chance for rain on Thursday evening, organizers of the second annual Farm to Table dinner have decided to move the event from a closed off section of Main Street to the historic Gallagher barn on North Gravel Road.

The Orleans Renaissance Group organizes the event as a fundraiser for the Canal Village Farmers’ Market.

“The weather for Thursday is too risky – 60 percent chance of thunderstorms,” said Chris Busch, the ORG president.

The group had considered Aug. 10 as a rain date, but the Lois McClure schooner will be stopping of in Medina that evening as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Erie Canal.

As organizers discussed the logistics of a rain date, they took into account not only potential weather problems but the impact of the McClure event, issues with rescheduling equipment rentals and the difficulty in notifying dinner attendees on short notice.

All things considered, they arrived at the conclusion the most ideal solution would be to have an alternative site… but where?

“As we pondered the problem, someone suggested The Gallagher” said Cindy Robinson of the ORG. “It seemed like the perfect solution so we enquired and they have generously consented to serve as the dinner’s rain site.”

The Gallagher barn, pictured on July 2, 2016 when it hosted its first wedding, is an iconic landmark on North Gravel Road.

Martin and Jenna Bruning opened the Gallagher as an events center last year, hosting several weddings and receptions.

“The Gallagher is a stunning historic farm in Medina,” said Kara Zambito of Zambistro, which is catering the meal. “You couldn’t ask for a better alternative location than that for a farm to table event. We’re grateful to Martin and Jenna Brunning for this wonderful kindness.”

Martin and Jenna Brunning purchased the historic William J. Gallagher barn on North Gravel Road in 2015. Built in 1882, it is a well-known local historic landmark, 40’ x 110’, with a pasture ringed by iconic cobblestone fence posts. The Brunnings have spent the last two years restoring and transforming the site into an event facility.

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