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ITHACA, N.Y. — Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Culinary Arts Center, Coltivare, and the History Center in Tompkins County, are teaming up for a multi-faceted event called “The History of Local Food and Agriculture” on Tuesday, November 19.

The night begins with a free presentation at the History Center in Tompkins County, which is located within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture at 110 North Tioga Street on the Ithaca Commons. The presentation will be given by students from the College’s Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program, with special assistance from Coltivare Executive Chef Patrick Blackman. The presentation is open to the public.

Following the talk, the evening’s events will move to Coltivare, for a ticketed dining experience. After a short cocktail reception, participants will be treated to a three-course dinner of local foods as Chef Blackman and Culinary Arts students will share information about the origins and inspirations of each dish. Tickets for the Coltivare portion of the evening are $35 and available through the restaurant’s website at: coltivareithaca.com/happenings. 

The evening is part of the “Celebrating the Impossible Dream” exhibit. The exhibit, on display in the main lobby of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture through December, explores the College’s more than 50 years of history and innovation.

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