Farm-fresh foods served Sunday at hotel’s outdoor event

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Upwards of 200 people enjoyed farm-fresh dining Sunday evening in the open air of Willis Avenue in front of the Hotel Pattee.

The Perry City Council gave its permission Sept. 3 for the one-block closure of Willis Avenue at the request of Katie Harvey Martinez, owner of Harvey’s at Hotel Pattee. Harvey Martinez staged a similar dinner last year in Redfield that was “wildly successful,” she told the council.

“It’s a beautiful way to showcase the town,” Harvey Martinez said, “and to showcase what we do and the hospitality that we do but also really celebrating truly local ingredients. We use local farms, and everything will be done that day.”

She said the locally sourced foods would be paired with the products of local breweries, wineries and distilleries. A countrified combo was hired to bring music to the atmosphere.

The dining event began at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, and the five-course, al fresco meal was expected to wrap up about 9 p.m. The cost of the event was $85 plus tax and tip.

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