‘It’s Good to Be Back Home’

North Alabama Agriplex Harvest to Home dinner set for Thursday

One of many items created for the silent auction by Cullman’s Dr. Bill Peinhardt is a beautiful charcuterie table. (North Alabama Agriplex)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex will host its 2022 annual fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Wallace State Community College in the Dr. William F. Peinhardt Conference Center located in the nursing building. The local foods and silent auction Harvest to Home event will feature dinner at 6 p.m. with doors opening for the silent auction at 5:30. 

Chef Aaron Nichols and the Wallace State Culinary Pride students will prepare a dinner from the best of local crop selections including the entrée of Preserved Peach Airline Chicken with ingredients from Cullman County. The vegetable sides will be directly sourced from north Alabama farmers. 

Entertainment will be provided by Cullman’s own Cotton Pickin’ Kids, a family group of young, talented bluegrass musicians. The event will be emceed by the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s Paige Clabo. 

The night’s theme of “It’s Good to Be Back Home” celebrates the first Harvest to Home community meal since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemic years saw the auction held online to ensure community safety. 

Agriplex Executive Director Rachel Dawsey shared, “While many activities halted during the pandemic and ensuing months, the Agriplex stayed incredibly busy. We’re thrilled to gather our supporters and  friends and update them about our existing programs along with exciting new activities.” 

The kickoff of the Agriplex’s 2023 capital campaign sees the center seeking $2.5 million in grants and donations for a new community hub complete with a demonstration and teaching kitchen and new administrative building. The plans for the new development will be revealed at the Harvest to Home dinner. 

Tickets are still available for $40 each or $400 for a table of eight. Reservations are accepted online at www.agriplex.org or by calling 256-297-1044. 

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