Dinner, dancing, and dapper 1920s fashion planned in downtown Dearborn

The past, present, and future of Dearborn will be celebrated all at once at a fundraising dinner early this summer. The inaugural Farm-to-Table FUNDinner will take place in west downtown Dearborn on Saturday, June 15.

It’s the first of what could become an annual tradition in Dearborn. The second Farm-to-Table FUNDinner is already planned for east downtown Dearborn in the fall of 2020.

A long stretch of the table beneath a lighted tent will be constructed on West Village Drive between Mason and Monroe, adjacent to the new Wagner Park.

The event features a five-course dinner with complimentary wine pairings from some of Dearborn’s most celebrated chefs and establishments, including salads from La Pita and a main course prepared by Junior Merino of M Cantina.

"Our primary focus is on bringing locally-sourced foods from local chefs. It’s a true culinary event," says Jean Smith, event manager for Downtown Dearborn.

Celebrating the city’s 90th anniversary, organizers are cultivating a 1920s theme. Attendees are being encouraged to dress up in suits and dresses of the era. Students from Henry Ford College will be on-hand, performing big band hits of the period.

Funds raised from the dinner will go to support Downtown Dearborn events. The group organizes more than 60 events a year.

There will also be a silent auction featuring local businesses.

"This is all about local food and supporting local businesses, how we can provide Dearborn with exquisite events and an evening out and enjoy culinary delights from renowned local chefs," says Smith.

The Farm-to-Table FUNDinner is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. in west downtown Dearborn.

Tickets, which are limited and required, are available online.

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