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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Farm to Table Event at Diehl Farms

In November we hosted the Tampa Bay NACE meeting at Diehl Farms. Tampa Bay NACE (National Association of Catering & Events) is comprised of a group of superior wedding and event professionals in the bay area who get together to learn and network each month.

What could be a better location to host a fall event than a farm? Diehl Farms, located in Wimauma, FL, is a premier wedding and event facility in Hillsborough county. It has unique character, gorgeous backdrops, and is versatile for many different types of events. Did we mention they also have 1600+ acres of tomato fields?

For this event we wanted to create an innovative menu focused on local and seasonal ingredients. Our farm to table menu for the event featured locally-sourced seafood, beef, and produce, in addition to local beer and locally-roasted coffee.

A few benefits of eating locally sourced food include:

  • Supporting your local economy  including individuals and small businesses
  • Food is "healthier", typically it's less processed and without pesticides and/or pharmaceuticals
  • Reduces our carbon footprint (most food at the grocery store travels 1,300+ miles before it reaches your table!)  

Because of our partnerships with local meat, seafood, and specialty product companies, we are able to source local ingredients and create scrumptious menus for your next wedding or special event.

See our locally sourced, farm to table fall menu below. Enjoy!  

Diehl Farms - NACE Tampa Bay - Farm to Table Event Menu

Passed Hors d'oeuvres

Jerk Spiced Gulf of Mexico Shrimp with a Key Lime Aioli

Cigar City Cider Braised Casa Sierra Farms Pork Butt Slider served with a Granny Smith Apple-Jicama Slaw

Diehl Farms Tomato Bruschetta Cart

Green Diehl Farms Tomato Bruschetta with Fennel, Tarragon and Siesta Key Rum soaked Cherries served with Garlic Brushed Grilled French Baguette Crostini

Ripe Diehl Farms Southwest Tomato Bruschetta with Florida Corn, Ripe Avocado, Onion, Red Pepper, Jalapeno, Cilantro and Cotija served with a Crispy Mini Taco "Crostini"

Donut Wall

Donuts Mini House Baked Parmesan, Herb and Crushed Red Pepper Pate a Choux Donuts with an Amber Ale Cheese Dipping Sauce

Family Style Dinner Presentation

Pan-Seared Cashew Crusted Florida Grouper topped with a Ruby Red Grapefruit-Fennel Sauce Vierge

Buddy Brew Coffee and All Spice Rubbed Providence Cattle Company Grass Fed Rib Roast with a Cranberry Demi-Glace

Fresh From Florida Green Beans Roasted with Cipollini Onions

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Puree

Vegetarian Option - Grilled Fresh From Florida Eggplant Roll Ups stuffed with Ricotta Pesto


Warm Pie "Fries" Apple Pie "Fries" with Caramel Dipping Sauce

Pumpkin Pie "Fries" with a Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Dip

Thank you to our participating vendor sponsors responsible for making this event a huge success:


Venue: Diehl Farms Events, Wimauma, FL

Farmhouse Tables, Chairs, China: A Chair Affair

Band: The Glenn Cummings Band

DJ and AV: DJ Felix

Liquor Catering: Catering by Lundys

Coffee Cart: Cafe Ala Carte

Photobooth: Boone's Professional Events

Linens: Linens by the Sea

Stationary: Invitation Galleria

Author: LauraWalsh


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