Fork it Over Westport Farmers' Mkt Fundraiser Recap

Stephanie Webster

The Westport Farmers' Market held their first ever gala fundraiser last weekend, Fork It Over, with 200 guests in attendance. Gilbertie's Greenhouse in Westport was transformed into a rusticly chic party space through the generous support of Lillian August. Even Martha Stewart was there...and she stayed all night.

The chefs that stepped up to support the market brought their A game, and the result was a spectacular evening of innovative cooking and very serious grazing. Each chef prepared 4-5 dishes; guests were handed quaintly mis-matched fine china; after that it was all a delicious blur. The chef lineup included: Bill Taibe of leFarm/ The Whelk, Matt Storch of Match, Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Michel Nischan of Dressing Room, John Barricelli of Sono Baking Company and Fountainhead Wines. 

Some of the evening's menu and flavors are pictured below. 

Tim LaBant's event menu

Veggie Banh Mai; a Matt Storch favorite

Matt Storch's Ahi Blocks" raw tuna rolled in blood orange, jalapeño, basil and a dot of black truffle

The Schoolhouse's Bacon lollipops

Great selections from Fountainhead Wines & Fountainhead Selections

Sous Vide eggs waiting for plating by Chef Vaast & Michel Nischan of Dressing Room for their Crispy pork belly with soft poached egg and sun choke mustard

Treats courtesy of Sono Baking Company. Not pictured is the Beet and carrot cake with goat cheese frosting from Beltane Farms

Martha Stewart and Patti Popp of Sport Hill Farm

Silent Auction sampler

Bill Taibe's Smoked bluefish pate with ham on Parker House rolls