By Karolyn Gephart
The first Farm & Vine outdoor dining experience happened in 2018 in Friendswood but it lives on in a mural that came about as a funded piece of art from those who attended the event. The second fall al fresco dining experience is being planned again on the field at The Farm on Winding Way but the first one is still very special to those involved.
Recently, a plaque was added to the mural on Clearview Avenue in Friendswood giving the community a glance back at how it came about.
The plaque has the following placed on it: The Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association in partnership with Friendswood Fine Arts, commissioned and completed this Downtown Friendswood’s public art mural project in January of 2019.
The 22’ x 65’ mural was conceptually designed by local artists Sara Peters and painted by local artist Adam Socie. It is a tribute to the support of the Friendswood Community during and after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, representing strength and unity. It is the second in a series of murals for the Downtown Mural Initiative.
Funding provided by the 2018 Farm & Vine, A Friendswood Harvest: an outdoor farm-to-table dining event developed to bring us together while also raising money for community art.
FDFA will present the 2nd Annual Farm & Vine event on November 2, 2019. The Farm & Vine team of volunteers, led by Susan and Greg Asimakis, are building on last year’s outstanding success and this second event will also bring more public art to the Downtown area.
”The inaugural 2018 event, a Friendswood Harvest, funded the 2nd large Downtown mural which commemorated the resiliency of the Friendswood residents during & after Harvey. This year’s event, Eventide, will once again showcase the culinary talents of Chef Kris Jakob of Brasserie 1895 and take al fresco dining to a whole new level,” FDFA President Brett Banfield said. “I’m looking forward to a beautiful evening of great food, great wine, and a great communal time with Friendswoodians.”
Susan Asimakis and her team are working with Chef Jakob on a menu prepared over an open flame at the event as well as elements that will be highly interactive for guests.
“This year’s theme is Eventide- that moment between dusk and night when you relax and rejuvenate. It’s a perfect description for our farm to table event. The centerpiece of the event is and will always be the cuisine,” Asimakis said.
Tickets are being purchased now and seating is limited.
To get tickets or more information, go to https://www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org/p/events/farmandvine.