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TV personalities, Batali chef join Schoharie's 'Bounty of the County'

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It has been nearly three years since Hurricane Irene devastated parts of Schoharie County. The need for funds to continue restoring the community, however, remains strong. Thus, the 2nd annual "Bounty of the County" festival.

The event, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, will again benefit Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT), the lead agency in coordinating flood-recovery efforts throughout the Schoharie Creek Basin and surrounding areas. "Bounty of the County" highlights the food and agriculture of Schoharie County. The featured event will be a dinner prepared by Nicole Brisson, a Schoharie County native who is executive chef of the Mario Batali's steakhouse Carnevivo in Las Vegas.

The event will start on Saturday with a cocktail event at the historic Schoharie Covered Bridge, hosted by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys. They are goat farmers and lifestyle entrepreneurs in Sharon Springs, stars of “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” on the Cooking Channel and past winners of a season of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. Dinner at the Carrot Barn, located at  5605 State Route 30 in Schoharie, will follow, cooked by a team led by Brisson.

Everything served at the dinner will be locally sourced and donated. The menu:

First Course / Antipasti -- Due Ouva: Charred asparagus lightly dressed in lemon, topped with hard-boiled egg and salted fish roe; Carne Cruda: Piemotese style beef tartar; Smoked Trout with new potatoes, red onion and capers; Mixed green salad with an herbed lemon vinaigrette with strong cheese. Second Course / Pasta -- Lamb Ragu with orecchiette. Third Course / Pork -- Bone-in pork arista with fennel salad. Fourth Course / Dessert -- Assorted local cheese with house-made amarene cherries and mostardo, plus strawberry-rhubarb cobbler.

A 10 a.m. brunch Sunday and a  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. farmers and artisans market will be be held at Lasell Hall, a circa 1795 structure in Schoharie that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2002. Tickets, available online, are $50 for cocktails only, $125 for dinner, $175 for both/$300 per couple or $400 per couple for both events with dinner at The Beekman Boys’ table.

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