STOUT—The Selby 100 Mile House & Gardens is gearing up for a farm-to-table fundraiser that will benefit Sierra’s Haven and a number of local farmers and businesses.
Selby House co-owner Mike Riffle says that since taking ownership of the property four years ago, it has been a dream to provide the area with something unique and beautiful to enjoy.
“Our goal was to bring something to the community that didn’t exist and help support the people of that community and the businesses. The property is rich in history, many people have excellent memories of it. We just wanted to create a unique attraction for the community,” he explained.
Riffle and the staff at Selby House continue to thrive, despite the occasional uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. They believe that supporting small businesses and nonprofits is an important cornerstone of community support and involvement.
The motivation to organize a charity event to benefit Sierra’s Haven Home for New and Used Pets is an extension of this philosophy.
“I truly believe in giving back, especially nonprofits that can benefit from [it]”, Rifle said. “Especially if an animal or other person can actually [benefit from] where does the money go. »
For $50 per ticket, event attendees will enjoy a four-course farm-to-table meal on the beautiful outdoor grounds of Selby House. All ingredients will be sourced from a host of local farms and farmers, right down to tablescapes from local floral growers at Hog Lot Farms.
“I reached out to local vendors who can actually make a full meal out of what we make,” Riffle explained. “There are still so many people in our area who know about these local business providers. Especially now it is important to support local farmers and producers in all aspects. »
A menu brimming with locally raised meat, produce, and even locally brewed beer and wine from a nearby vineyard will allow guests to enjoy the literal fruits of local farmers’ labor. Guests who choose to enjoy libations at Selby House’s Mirage Champagne Bar will additionally support Sierra’s Haven with the cost of each drink purchased.
And since Selby House staff always try to shop local, even at local hardware stores, they want the community to understand how much of an impact shopping local can have on local businesses.
Donna Wolery of Donna Wolery Farmers Insurance helped sponsor the event and organized the evening’s entertainment: Andy Russell’s acoustic styles will help set a sophisticated stage for the evening.
Wolery also strongly believes that proceeds from the event will go to a good cause.
“Sierra’s Haven offers so much to this community. If you’ve been there or visited, the volunteers who run it do a wonderful job. Since COVID has changed some things, [co-owner] Tim [Wells] and Mike said we should do something for them, and I automatically said ‘I’ll be happy to help you in any way.’ There are so many needs here, and it’s such a wonderful facility. All nonprofits are hurting right now; I try to help as much as I can, but we need it in this community. I know everyone’s struggling, but we gotta keep it up [help] here in this community,” Wolery said.
Customers wishing to purchase any of the remaining tickets for the Farm to Table event should visit the Selby House website at selby100milehouse.com and then select the ‘Wine Tasting’ option under the Mirage Champagne Bar tab. From there, people will be directed to purchase information.
The farm-to-table dinner takes place on Saturday, July 30 at 6 p.m.
Originally built in 1927, the 37-room Selby 100 Mile House & Gardens now operates as a luxury bed and breakfast dedicated to community engagement and supporting small businesses.
Sierra’s Haven adoptable puppies, pictured here, represent some of the many adoptable animals currently housed at the shelter. Currently filled to capacity and with the rising cost of veterinary treatment, Sierra’s Haven needs community support, volunteers and donations.
Contact Kasie McCreary at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1931 or by email at [email protected]
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