Medina increases capacity to 200 for dinner on blocked-off Main Street

Photos by Tom Rivers: Main Street was closed off last Aug. 4 for the first Farm-To-Table dinner, which included a five-course meal on Main Street. The event returns on Aug. 3.

Posted 3 July 2017 at 11:34 am

Zambistro and Mariachi De Oro will team to serve five-course meal

Press Release, Orleans Renaissance Group

MEDINA – Preparations are in full swing for Medina’s second annual Farm-to-Table Dinner. The event is hosted by the Orleans Renaissance Group as part of the annual activities of the Canal Village Farmers’ Market, a Medina enterprise also sponsored by ORG.

“It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has past since our first Farm-to-Table Dinner in historic downtown Medina.” said Chris Busch, president of the Orleans Renaissance Group. “The event generated ‘Medina buzz’ from Rochester to Buffalo for weeks.”

Medina’s event delivers not only a sensational meal in a historic and memorable setting, but also a chance to see and learn firsthand how farmers and local chefs capitalize on Orleans County’s number one industry: agriculture. Medina is literally surrounded by fields and orchards brimming with agricultural bounty at this time of the year.

The fine dining experience on Main Street last August had to be expanded from 100 tickets to 137 due to the demand. This year’s event has room for 200 people.

This year’s dinner event will be held on Thursday, August 3, at 6 p.m., with a rain date on Aug. 10. Due to the demand for tickets – the event is expanding from 100 to 200 seats and the table will stretch nearly the entire length of North Main Street.

This year’s event will a few changes. In addition to a 200-seat table, arriving guests will be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne, courtesy of Fitzgibbons Public House. Their full bar will also be open for cocktails.

The dinner again will deliver a locally-sourced meal, served in the middle of Medina’s Downtown Historic District. The meal itself will be a full five-course dinner, prepared by renown Medina chef, Michael Zambito of Zambistro.

The 2017 dinner will see Chef Zambito joined by Chef Lionel Rosario of Mariachi De Oro, Medina’s popular Mexican restaurant. Mariachi De Oro has received rave reviews from area metro publications and attracts patrons from across WNY.

“Last year’s event was amazing and we are working to surpass expectations in every way,” said Cindy Robinson, chairman of the Medina Business Association. “The total experience last year was indescribable. We are going to have another epic dinner event.”

Each course prepared by Zambito and Rosario will feature pairings from Niagara Wine Trail wineries, 810 Meadworks of Medina and RG Brewery of Brockport. All ingredients will be locally sourced and farm-fresh, provided almost entirely from the vendors at Canal Village Farmers’ Market in Medina.

A glass of water is pictured on a table on Main Street, which the Fitzgibbons Public House in the background.

An official live music event “after-party” will be hosted by Brian and Larissa Degraw at 810 Meadworks on West Center Street in Medina.

“We are thrilled to be able to present this exceptional culinary event yet again,” said Busch. “But it’s something we could not do without our generous, community-minded sponsors.”

Corporate sponsors of the 2017 Farm to Table Dinner include Zambistro with chef Mike Zambito; PridePak Inc. with Mr. Steve Carr, CEO; and Takeform with Mr. William Hungerford, President.

Limited tickets are on sale now and are $100 each. They are available online at; at (585) 210-9674; the English Rose Tea Shoppe, 527 Main St., Medina (585) 798-4410 and at Zambistro, 408 Main Street, Medina (585) 798-2433.

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