A September Sunday under the stars: Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice

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The idea of a food-and-wine gala under the September stars – in order to fundraise for Ozarks children’s charities — came to longtime culinary professional Phil Daniels of Springfield and a select committee a few years ago. And, for Daniels, it was right up his kitchen, er, alley.

After all, savory bites by world-trained chefs and specialty cocktails on a picturesque setting of white-clothed tables, white chairs and white linens seemed the perfect way to aid charities of the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Now the Harvest Moon Festival presented by Reinhart Foodservice is celebrating its fifth annual event on Sunday, Sept. 23 on the driving range of Highland Springs Country Club. It all starts at 5 p.m., and Daniels has lined up chefs representing 12 restaurants, including a food truck.

Tickets for the event are $500 a couple, or $1,850 for a sponsorship table of eight. The night includes silent and live auctions, and can be viewed through a smartphone at BIDPAL.NET/PCCCHARVESTMOON. All guests will receive a cheese & wine board, too, to take home. To sponsor your table, call 417-887-3400.


The menu is derived from concepts that guests cannot normally access in the Springfield market. Even better, all items are “small plate” concepts so guests can sample new dishes without feeling overly full. Beverage offerings include great wines, local brews and specialty drinks hand-crafted Jennifer Pierson of Big Whiskey’s Bar & Grill. In essence, there is something for everyone.

“Oddly enough, culinary people like doing it,” said Daniels, who worked 25 years for nationally recognized food service, marketing and culinary firms and who now has a farm that provides produce to Farmer’s Gastro Pub. “Many restaurants are closed on Sundays, and this allows the chef to do something for charity. You’d be surprised how many of them say, ‘This is the most fun I have all year.’ And these are people who work 15 hours a day.”

Participating are Daniels of Chateau Celine, Mike Jalili of Flame/TouchBlack Sheep, Mike Halbert of Highland Springs Country Club, Jerry DeMoro of Salvatore, Vito Palmietto of Vito’s Kitchen, Travis Meeks of The Order, Reinhart Foodservice Culinary Team, Elie Ghanem of That Lebanese Place, Andy Hampshire of Farmer’s Gastro Pub, Stephanie Holmes of Big Cedar Lodge/Top of the Rock and Clint Gray of The Finley, a new restaurant opening soon in Ozark.

The elegance of the Harvest Moon Festival cannot be topped, if you ask those who attend some of the Ozarks’ other elite food-and-wine events.

“We’re proud to do anything for the community, but the biggest thing is the fact is it benefits local children’s charities. This is a little part of that pie,” Beth Yarbrough said. “We don’t attend any other fundraisers that are like this.”

Dwayne Holden, owner of Custom Metalcraft, echoed those comments. He and Yarbrough also are key members of the Harvest Moon committee.

“It’s done under the stars. It’s totally different than some place confined, in an auditorium,” Holden said.

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2018 Event Menu

The Small Plates

Phil Daniels – Chateau Celine

  • Pan Seared Diver Scallop with Roasted Red Pepper Purée and Basil Pesto Aioli
  • Glazed Doughnut Bread Pudding with Woodford Bourbon Maple Syrup

Lou Rice – Reinhart Foodservice

  • Coffee Stout Beef Short Ribs
  • Butternut Squash Bisque Shooters with Quinoa, Maple & Chevre
  • Pumpkin Profiteroles

Jerry DeMoro – Salvatore’s

  • House-made Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese & Brown Butter Sauce
  • Pepperoni Chicken with White Wine Sauce over Casarecce Paste
  • Tiramisu Cups

Vito Palmietto – Vito’s Kitchen

  • Arugula, Fennel & Goat Cheese Salad with Fig Preserve Vinaigrette
  • Eighteen Hour Sausage with Double Corn Polenta
  • Torrone – Italian Nut & Honey Nougat Confection

Travis Meeks – The Order

  • Kampache Crudo with Lobster Cream, Trout Roe, Dual Tobiako Caviar, Red Onion, Ginger & Lime
  • Pork Two Ways: Crispy Pork Trotters with Sweet Potato Risotto & Sherry Soaked Raisins and Whey Braised Pork Belly with Sticky Pork Jus
  • Flourless Chocolate and Candied Bacon Torte

Stephanie Holmes – Big Cedar Lodge/Top of the Rock

  • Carnitas Pork Tacos with Cilantro & Avocado Salsa
  • Pan Seared Lamb with Mint Vinegar & Garlic Grits
  • Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake with Whipped Cream

Andy Hampshire – Farmer’s Gastro Pub

  • Blackened Shrimp with Caramelized Carrot Purée and Tomato & Bacon Gravy
  • Fried Chicken with Salsa Verde and Charred Corn Gremolata
  • Cold Brew Irish Coffee with Nutmeg & Cinnamon Whip

Clint Gray – The Finley

  • Cast Iron Skillet Duck Canape with Watermelon Ginger Jam
  • Charred Smoked Maple Glazed Pork Belly with Sweet Potato & Roasted Corn Succotash
  • Single Barrel Jack Daniel’s Whisky Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Float with Caramel Crème & Dark Chocolate Shavings

Elie Ghanem – That Lebanese Place

  • Chicken Shawarma Pita with Tahini Yogurt Sauce
  • Fattoush Salad with Zesty Lebanese Vinaigrette
  • Kanefe Uthmaliya Pastry Soaked in a Rose Water Syrup

Mike Halbert – Highland Springs Country Club

  • Fried Short Rib Fritters with Sharp Cheddar Fondue & Pickled Peppers
  • Smoked Salmon Rillette with Caper Berry Salad & Grissini
  • Whipped Cheesecake with Balsamic Berries & Toasted Graham Cracker Crumbs

Robert Stricklin – The Keeter Center

  • Smoked Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Jalapeno Cheese Grits
  • Maple Brined Chicken with Sage Sausage, Wilted Arugula & Blue Cheese Foam
  • Miniature Savarin with Orange Chardonnay Syrup, Tropical Fruit Salsa & Chantilly Cream

Bill Jalili – Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes

  • The Black Sheep “Food Truck” will be on-site featuring hand-made Gourmet Burgers with their unique array of condiments & sides

The Specialty Drinks

Jennifer Pierson – Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar

  • Four Roses Limeade – a seductive blend of Kentucky Bourbon, lime juice, Honey, Lavender & Ginger Beer
  • Harvest Moon Lavender Lemonade – a fusion of Lavender Syrup & Lemonade with a hint of Angostura Bitters for a fresh clean finish

That’s how they bowl: CHANCES of Stone County

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For the non-profit CHANCES of Stone County, helping developmentally disabled is a passion. Yet a couple of challenges always linger – namely, raising awareness and fundraising.

That’s why the non-profit is eager for Saturday, Sept. 8 as it hosts the CHANCES of Stone County Bowl-A-Thon as a way to help spread the word about the good it tries to do in the Ozarks.

The event is set for a 10 a.m. registration and 11 a.m. start at Enterprise Park Lanes in Springfield and features a 50-plus item silent auction as well as a 50-50 raffle. Call it a big endeavor for CHANCES of Stone County, which is among the 49 Ozarks children’s charities of the PGA Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

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“One of our biggest challenges is to find people in Stone County who need our support,” said Cherie Smetana, a spokesperson for the non-profit’s Board of Directors and one of its most energetic representatives. “It’s such a rural area. For the kids in schools, we can reach out to their teachers. But for those out of school or being home-schooled, they don’t know about us.”

That’s understandable, considering CHANCES of Stone County was formed as recently as 2009 by a group of parents with developmentally disabled children. The acronym stands for Community Helping Able Neighborhood Citizens Experience Success.


It now has grown to group activities such as its M.A.D. Saturdays where it provides music, art and dance therapies, which brings therapies and experiences to the whole family. Bus trips allow its families to experience the joy of travel and life outside of Stone County.

Recently, CHANCES has rented a room to use as its new home, which will allow them organization to bring life skills and therapies to Stone County instead of families being forced to drive hours for assistance.


Additionally, CHANCES of Stone County has been supported through passage of state Senate Bill 40, the Stone County Developmentally Disability Board, in which a small percentage of property taxes go toward non-profits in Stone County. This year SCDDB was able to provide funding for Camp Barnabas, which CHANCES has done in the past. This freed up some money to be used in other areas. The non-profit also is in its sixth year with the PCCC.


Still, fundraising is a key. That’s why the Bowl-A-Thon has a silent auction featuring numerous items.

“We’re a smaller non-profit, so being a part of the PCCC is our big fundraiser each year,” Smetana said. “This is something we couldn’t have put together on our own. We truly appreciate all of the sponsorship teams and event sponsors.”




Hughes Brothers Theatre: Three Shows: The Hughes Music Show, The Hughes Brothers Christmas Show and Oh Happy Day – Going Back to Gospel

World’s Largest Toy Museum: 4 complimentary tickets

Veterans Memorial Museum: 2 adult vouchers

Grand Country Music Hall: All-Show Pass — 2 complimentary passes for any scheduled show at the Grand Country Music Hall, subject to previous sellout

Nathan Carter Gift Certificate: This is for two to the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre

Eye Care Gift Certificate: Good toward an eye exam, a complete pair of eye  glasses or contact lenses at Nixa Family Eye Care or Table Rock Family Vision.

Doug Gabriel Gift Certificate: 2 passes to see Branson’s Entertainer of the Year

Firstgear Rush Mesh Jacket: This is a men’s medium blue/black with removable theromliner

Motorcycle Cover: A Weather All Plus Motorcycle Cover by Motorcycle Guardian Covers

Texport Witner Thinuslate Glove: Men’s small

2000 Missouri Sports Legend — Payne Stewart Artwork: Show off this in your collection, as it features the late Payne Stewart, a two-time U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner in golf.

Sak Original Handbag: In seashell color, zippered pockets in front and inside, magnetic button closure

“Royal Colors” Matted Metallic Print: It’s by Jackie Stoner — size 16 by 16 plus a 50 percent off card of all custom frames at Troy’s Custom Framing

“Stargazer Abstract” Matted Print: By Jackie Stoner. It’s a 12 by 18 plus a 50 percent off card of all custom frames at Troy’s Custom Framing

“Obsurity” Matted Print: By Jackie Stoner. It’s a 12 by 15 plus a 50 percent off card of all custom frames at Troy’s Custom Framing

King’s Castle Theatre Gift Certificate: Two show tickets to any of the productions at the theater.

Portrait Innovations Gift Certificate: This is a $100 gift certificate at any Portrait Innovations studio

Primitive “Outhouse” Storage: For towels, toilet paper, etc. Handcrafted from Ozark cedar with oil finish

Primitive Shell & Paper Towel Rack: Handcrafted from Ozark cedar with oil finish

Original Matted Photo of Boat Near the Ocean: An 18 by 24 by Pat Lambert Photography

Tripplite Surge Protector with Cables: 8 outlets, including three transformer outlets, safety covers, 10-foot cord wright-angle plug and more.

Art to Heart items by Nancy Halvorsen: Give Thanks hanging applique quilt with metal hanger, heart metal hanging basket, five tea towels for projects, three patters and three books