Dinner guests 'wade for it' at Bog to Table cranberry dinner

By Lydia Goerner | Oct 05, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Sue Sciascia lifts up her friend Lisa Maury in the cranberry bog at the Bog to Table Dinner on Thursday.

Cranberries are a versatile fruit in many dishes and make for some great selfies, attendees of the Bog to Table Dinner discovered Thursday night.

The highlight of the dinner, hosted by the A.D. Makepeace Company and Ocean Spray Cranberries, was the opportunity for guests to wriggle into waders and enjoy cocktails in the bog.

This was the second Bog to Table Dinner hosted in Wareham and the event has grown since last year, said Linda Burke, A.D. Makepeace Company’s vice president for marketing and communications.

“People were always asking if they could go in the bog,” Burke said. “They kept using the phrase ‘bucket list’...people use the photos for their Christmas cards or their Facebook profile pictures.”

While guests got their pictures taken among the floating cranberries, the caterers of the dinner, Off the Vine, were making 200 plates of foods that incorporated cranberries.

“We used fresh, whole cranberries in simple syrup as a garnish for our pumpkin ravioli,” explained Darren Maggio, executive chef of Off the Vine.

Dried cranberries were used on a bed of fresh, local greens grown in a hydroponic trailer on the A.D. Makepeace Company grounds. The main dish was short ribs braised in cranberries and port. Of course, dessert also featured the berries, with a fig and cranberry compote.

“Cranberries are very nutritious and sweet,” said Maggio, who likes using them in all types of dishes during this time of year. He said they can be substituted for other types of dried fruit in almost any recipe.

Deanna and Stephen Peck have some trouble getting their waders on before heading into the bog. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Lisa and Jim Engelbrecht enjoy wading around the bog. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Sue Sciascia, Lisa Maury, Monique Delancey and Sara Redder have fun in the bog. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Lisa and Wayne Rutledge of Wareham pose for a picture before dinner. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
A couple snaps a selfie in their waders. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Chad Nagle and Sue Schortmann of Duxbury enjoy a drink in the bog. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Andrew Griffith grabs a handful of cranberries from the bog. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Geovanni Binto of Off the Vine Catering prepares the pumpkin ravioli. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
An open bar kept guests happy until dinner was served. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
There were 180 tickets sold to the Bog to Table dinner. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
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