By KAROLYN GEPHART
A small town event in northeast Texas brought home to Friendswood an idea that sparked a new fall event bringing community together.
In the fall of 2017, Susan and Greg Asimakis of Friendswood attended a food and wine festival which included a farm to table event Northeast Texas town of Mt. Vernon.
The event in the small town is known as The Harvest on Main and the Asimakis’ were part of the 125 attendees enjoying an evening of seasonal, locally sourced food and wine, fellowship and jazz music.
As they drove back to Friendswood, they talked about how perfect this idea would be for Friendswood.
“Friendswood has been home for the Asimakis family since 1984 and we love our community,” Susan Asimakis said. “Proudly we have raised our children here and have enjoyed as well as benefited from the remarkable spirit of the community. We believed it was a good time for us to give back so we willingly volunteered to chair the first Farm and Vine event in Friendswood.”
The Asimakis pair met Brett Banfield, president of the Friends of Downtown Friendswood at Art in the Park last year and mentioned the Mt. Vernon event. They met again to discuss it and to learn more about the mission of FDFA.
The union was a good one and the Friendswood event, Farm & Vine, a Friendswood Harvest is sponsored by FDFA with the committee chaired by Susan Asimakis.
The inaugural event will be Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Farm on Winding Way. The event is not only a night of dinner and wine under the stars, it will also be a fundraiser for a new mural for downtown.
All attending the event will be the first to see the artist’s rendering for the mural. Farm & Vine supports FDFA’s mission to enhance the economic vitality, foster community and civic partnerships and act as the lead advocate for Downtown Friendswood. All proceeds from the event will support the commissioning of the new mural.
Ticket sales are underway and Asimakis feels it will be sold out soon. Seating is limited to 200.
Diners will enjoy farm to table, interactive multi-course dining with paired wines and live music. Dinner will be created by Chef Kris Jakob of Brasserie 1895. After dinner, music will be provided by popular band, Chicken and Waffles.
Tickets are on sale at www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org.