Farm to Table Harvest Dinner

Farm to Table Harvest Dinner to Benefit Challenge Mountain

Educating the community at large about the impact Challenge Mountain has on children and adults living with disabilities has been a long-time goal of the Board of Directors and staff. So, following a serendipitous meeting between Challenge Mountain Executive Director Elizabeth Gertz and Frog Hollow Owner Debbie Sears, the harvest dinner seemed like the perfect event to do just that. “We are more than grateful to Debbie for offering Frog Hollow as the venue for this intimate dinner,” shares Elizabeth. “Debbie brings event planning expertise in addition to this amazing barn venue.”

Open to all, the Farm to Table Harvest Dinner will be prepared by local chef Bobby Marzoa (Fresh Coast Catering Co) with perfectly paired cocktails and wine from Mike’s Bar Catering. Attendees will be greeted with a passed hors d’ oeuvre prior to four sit-down tasting courses in the 1920s barn.

Bring friends, meet neighbors, eat well, all while benefiting Challenge Mountain. All proceeds will directly benefit adaptive recreational programming.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Fall Harvest Tasting Menu

Five Courses
Four Cocktail & Wine Pairings
5 – 6pm Mingling & Passed Hors d’ oeuvre
6pm Dinner


Dinner prepared by Chef Bobby Marzoa of Fresh Coast Catering Co
Cocktails and Wine Pairings by Mike’s Bar Catering


Highlighting the flavors of northern Michigan in October, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table freshness.

Appetizer: Sweet Potato Tarts and Pork Belly Bites
Savory sweet potato tarts with maple cream; slow-smoked pork belly with a sweet and spicy glaze.
Drink: Apple Cider Spritz

Salad: Harvest Greens Salad
A fresh and colorful salad featuring locally sourced mixed greens, roasted beets, candied pecans, and crumbled goat cheese, drizzled with a maple vinaigrette.
Drink: Late Harvest Riesling

Third Course: Seared Duck Breast
Succulent seared duck breast served with a side of creamy butternut squash puree and sautéed wild mushrooms, capturing the essence of Northern Michigan’s autumn harvest.
Drink: Marquette Red Wine

Fourth Course: Duck Ramen
Traditional Ramen noodles paired with tender, slow roasted locally raised duck, in a rich and aromatic broth infused with seasonal herbs and root vegetables.
Drink: Light Rice Lager

Dessert: Apple Crisp
A warm and comforting apple crisp, featuring locally sourced apples, cinnamon, and a buttery oat topping, served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Drink: Salted Caramel Espresso Martini


Frog Hollow | 2750 M-75 | Boyne City, MI 49712

Purchase dinner tickets by 9/26/23.

Can’t make the dinner but still want to support Challenge Mountain? Donate ONLINE.



Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization with Tax ID 38-2563815.

Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.