Sept. 25: Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice

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A navy-blue canopy sky and twinkling stars on a September Sunday evening, along with wines, savory bites and the Wings of Swing band.

What a great evening it should be at the third annual Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice, one of the can’t-miss events of the year in the Ozarks. A fundraiser for the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, the Harvest Moon Festival is accepting table sponsorships for the event, set for Sunday, Sept. 25 on the immaculate driving range of Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield.

“Highland Springs is a beautiful setting as it is,” said Kim Lorenzen, owner of Macadoodles and member of the festival committee. “But you relax on the driving range with white chairs, white table cloths and world-trained chefs, and you have this beautiful evening.”

The Harvest Moon Festival has been a terrific fundraiser for the PCCC, which has benefitted Ozarks children’s charities in its 27-year history. A year ago, the festival’s auction alone raised $70,000.

This year, 10 to 12 internationally trained chefs will prepare culinary delights on site while specialty drinks, seasonal beers and top wines will be available. All of this while music flows from the Wings of Swing, a terrific ensemble in the form of the 1940s big bands.

The chefs already lined up are Andy Hampshire of Farmer’s GastroPub, Vito Palmietto of Vito’s Kitchen, Mike Halbert of Big Cedar/Top of the Rock, Brad Lyons of Highland Springs, Wes Johnson of Metro Farmers, Robert Stricklin of The Keeter Center, Elie Ghanem of That Lebanese Place and Daniel Ernce of Progressive Pop-Up.

“This year, we have a great array of flavors and cuisines from all over the world,” said Phil Daniels, Culinary Director of the Harvest Moon Festival. “Our menu will be featuring everything from down-home southern and Midwestern items to British pub, European, Indian and Middle Eastern fare, along with some very avant garde specialty cocktails. We will also offer several fine wines and craft beers. If you like food and drink, this is your event.”

The menu features: English-style pork; beans and lamb mappas; sausage and grits plus mussels and spaghetti squash; a late-summer pot roast (braised short rib) served with heirloom tomatoes and a sharp cheddar potato puree; a pumpkin seed crusted chicken breast with an apple pecan pancake and a drizzle of amaretto apple cream sauce; sweet pork tenderloin seared over sweet puree, topped with Bing cherry relish; pickled pepper and pork roast Bahn Mi (house-made peppers paired with slow-roasted pulled pork and served on a Vietnamese Bahn Mi baguette); a Farmer’s Ragu (tender braised goat in a savory farmstead tomato garlic ragu); a decadent array of hand-made ice creams, gelatos, toppings and fine sweet pastries and tarts; a Lebanese version of a Greek gyro; and roasted butternut squash fries and boneless baby back ribs.

Auctions items include a getaway to Casa Suenos, a resort on the Pacific Ocean shores of Mexico featuring five ocean-facing suites and a full staff; a package to the World Golf Hall of Fame at PGA headquarters in St. Augustine, Fla.; a November pop-up dinner for four; 1,000-pound beef and processing; a golf package to TPC Sawgrass; a package to The Masters in Augusta, Ga; and a Bass Pro Legends of Golf package. Silent auction items include a package for four to The Club at Porto Cima on Lake of the Ozarks and a wine tasting for 10 at Macadoodles.

For Lorenzen, the event was such a hit for her and her husband, Brett, that she joined the Harvest Moon Festival’s committee.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Lorenzen said. “As the sun goes down, you hang out by the fire pit. With the Price Cutter Charity Championship, it’s such a massive production. Harvest Moon is really a wrap-up event to raise additional funds and take a deep breath and enjoy everything that happened over the summer.”

What to go?

What: Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice

When: 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

Where: Driving range of Highland Springs Country Club

Tickets: Call 417-887-3400. It is $500 for a couple, or $1,850 for a table of eight

The menu

  • Farmer’s Gastropub, Andy Hampshire: English-style pork and beans: Slow-roasted pork belly, British bangers, cannellini beans, kale, butternut squash and a sweet onion crust; lamb mappas: lamb curry with tomatoes and coconut milk, roasted mushrooms, diced potatoes with house-made Naan bread
  • Vito’s Kitchen, Vito Palmietto: Sausage & Grits – slow roasted hand-made sausage served over a bed of creamy wild mushroom polenta; Mussels & Spaghetti Squash – Steamed Mussels served with a rich white wine & butter sauce over a bed of spaghetti squash and zesty feta cheese crumbles
  • Big Cedar Lodge/Top of the Rock, Mike Halbert: Late Summer Pot Roast – Braised short rib served with heirloom tomatoes and a sharp cheddar potato purée
  • Highland Springs Country Club, Brad Lyons: Harvest Moon Chicken – Pumpkin seed crusted chicken breast with an apple pecan pancake and a drizzle of amaretto apple cream sauce; Sweet Pork Tenderloin – Seared marinated pork tenderloin over sweet potato purée, topped with Bing cherry relish
  • Metro Farmers, Wes Johnson: Pickled Pepper & Roast Pork Bahn Mi – House-made pickled peppers are paired with slow roasted pulled pork and served on a Vietnamese Bahn Mi Baguette; A Farmer’s Ragu – Tender braised goat in a savory farmstead tomato garlic ragu
  • The Keeter Center, Robert Stricklin: The Grand Dessert Sampler — Pumpkin Cheesecake Verrine, Salted Caramel Éclair, Espresso Panna Cotta, Chocolate Ganache Tartelette
  • That Lebanese Place, Elie Ghanem: Lebanese version of the Greek gyro
  • Progressive Pop-Up, Daniel Ernce: Roasted Butternut Squash Fries – sliced and roasted butternut squash spritzed with a brown sugar and cider vinegar shrub and served with a bacon fat cream & smoked pecan crumble; Boneless Baby Backs – baby back ribs that are deboned and meat glued together before being roasted and pressed. Individual slices are then seared and served over an apple, brie, parsnip & potato purée. Drizzled with pomegranate molasses & sweet soy glaze and garnished with scallions
  • The Specialty Drinks, by Progressive Pop Up: The Midwest Manhattan – Bourbon and fresh pressed apple cider with a splash of lemon, float of ginger beer & a touch of aromatic bitter; Virgin Island – Smooth pear nectar infused with ginger syrup, mixed with Topo Chico lime sparkling water and garnished with a slice of lemon

PCCC: Price Cutter Supermarkets exercises 2017 option as title sponsor

Left: PCCC champion MacKenzie Hughes receives the $121,500 check from Rob Marsh, Vice President of Sales and Merchandising with Price Cutter Supermarkets
Left: PCCC champion Mackenzie Hughes receives the $121,500 check from Rob Marsh, Vice President of Sales and Merchandising with Price Cutter Supermarkets.

The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to announce that Price Cutter Supermarkets has exercised its option to continue as the title sponsor in 2017.

Tournament Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced the agreement Wednesday, adding that the tournament and Price Cutter are in talks to extend the sponsorship to 2019, the tournament’s 30th year.

With the new agreement, Price Cutter Supermarkets will be the title or presenting sponsor for a 19th consecutive summer. Andrews also announced tournament dates next year are August 4-14 at Highland Springs Country Club, with the pros playing on Aug. 10-13.

“We are proud to call Price Cutter Supermarkets a true friend. They have played a huge role in making this a premier stop on the PGA’s Web.com Tour,” Andrews said. “More importantly, their strong support has enabled the tournament to reach many critical needs of Ozarks-area children’s charities. I couldn’t be more humbled and yet pleased that Price Cutter is willing to step up and go the extra mile with us.”

The tournament has gifted almost $13 million to Ozarks charities in the past 26 years. This year’s efforts will be distributed to 45 charities during the Celebration of Sharing presented by the McQueary Family, set for 11 a.m. on Nov. 29 at Highland Springs Country Club. That’s usually a tearful day, given directors of charities or the families they assist offer thank-yous to the community.

“Supporting the tournament is worth every penny,” said Rob Marsh, Vice President of Sales and Merchandising for Price Cutter Supermarkets. “I’ve always said Celebration of Sharing day makes everything worth it. I tell everybody they need to attend it in order to realize what the tournament means. If you don’t come out of there feeling good, you are not human. We are very passionate about it.”

The community still has time to support the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

The Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice is at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Highland Springs Country Club. It is a great gathering featuring culinary delights from 10 to 12 internationally trained chefs, the Wings of Swing band, wines and seasonal beers, as well as a live auction.

Additionally, the tournament has team spots available in the inaugural Burrell Children’s Services Poker Run Golf Classic on Friday, Sept. 30 at Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar. Prizes will be awarded to the top four poker hands, and trophies will go to the winners of the three flights. All golfers will be entered to win a grand prize package that includes two rooms for two nights at the Palace Casino in Biloxi, Miss.; dinner for four (up to $400) at Mignons located at the Palace Casino; spa service for two (up to $200) at the spa in Palace Casino; and two rounds of golf at the Preserve Golf Club in Biloxi.

To reserve tables for the Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice or to enter to play the Burrell Children’s Services Poker Run Golf Classic, call 417-887-3400.