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American Chestnut Restoration Feast


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FYI. The Maryland Chapter of the ACF is holding their second annual fundraising feast on Sunday, Nov 11 at the Comus Inn. ACF seeks to restore the American chestnut tree, which once accounted for one quarter of the eastern forests, through the active development of blight-resistant cultivars, and research into new ways to defeat the chestnut blight fungus. The Maryland chapter has been especially active in recent years - maintaining research seedling plots at several locations and inoculating surviving champion trees with hypovirulence - thanks in large part to a chestnut research program started in the 1960s by Stronghold, the private foundation that owns Sugarloaf mountain.

Both the food and participating chefs' time have been donated for this year's all-chestnut menu. Tickets are $100 pp, and requests must be postmarked by today, Nov 2. MDTACF is a 501c3. More info here.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

5 pm to 9 pm

The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain


Crème Marron

Seared Chestnut Dusted Day Boat Scallop

Roasted Fennel, Chestnuts and Cippolini Onions

With Edwards Farms Virginia Ham

Apple and Parsley Vinaigrette

Mario Raymond

The Washington Court Hotel

Chestnut, Lemon Verbena, and Spinach Stuffed Rainbow Trout

Sage Butter

Steven Ryder

Fairfax Army Navy Country Club

Confit Duck Hivernale

Duck confit with Butternut Squash Mousseline

Chestnut Gremolata

Blood Orange Gastrique

Joe Harran

Bistro Bis

Cocoa Braised Short Rib

Chestnut Mole and Manchego Potato Puree

Jose Molina Lopez

The Comus Inn

Chestnut Opera Cake, Financier, and Chestnut Ice Cream

Beverly Bates

Bistro Bis

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