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Lyric Theatre hosting an outdoor long table dinner with food from downtown chefs

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Food lovers will have an opportunity to enjoy a unique dining experience in Swift Current on Sept. 23, when the Lyric Theatre is hosting a long table dinner on Market Square.

The alfresco style meal will take place under the Market Square tent with different courses that will be prepared by five popular downtown restaurants.
Event organizer Denise Wall said it will be a great way to enjoy food and make new friends in a relaxing atmosphere with quality musical entertainment.
“The idea is that you run a long table down the tent and then sort of six to a table, but they all run together so that you’re next to the people who are next to you there,” she explained. “So it’s a little different than everybody being around their own table and staying to their own group.”
The long table dinner is a new fundraising event for the Lyric Theatre and quite different from other fundraisers hosted for the theatre’s building renovations.
“For one, it’s in a different location, which is kind of unique since all of our events are usually inside the Lyric,” she said. “We’ve seen long table dinners elsewhere before, like Cypress Hills did one. We’ve seen them in Calgary and Canmore, and the Okanagan Valley, and they just look so neat.”
One of the benefits of the dinner’s outdoor location is that patrons will be able to have a different perspective of the Lyric Theatre than the usual events inside the historic building.
“It will be nice to look at the building before it gets dark,” she said. “It gives people a chance to walk to the front and look at the new windows that we have and look at the stag mural there, and just get a feel for the building. You kind of forget where you are when you’re right inside.”
The menu for the multi-course meal will be a real treat. The garlic parsley ribs will be prepared by Louie Doulias of the Modern Family Restaurant, while Ricardo Morin of Soup and Such will provide a microgreens salad with large sea scallops, and a creamy lemon balsamic, truffle and olive oil dressing.
Doug Lam from Casey’s Dining will prepare beef wellington with mixed braised garden carrots and greens, as well as potato gratin over squash puree. The local greens and vegetables for the meal will be supplied by Caroline Barrington of Clean Spade Farms.
For dessert, there will be tiramisu by Spiros Mantjiavas from Sinano Grill and baklava by John Ganitsos of the Akropol Restaurant.
“Usually we get one caterer, but we have tried to involve as many of the downtown restaurants as we can,” Wall said. “So a nice featuring of local chefs from downtown, and then we have various entertainment over the evening.”
There will be a number of local artists and the evening’s special guest will be Regina roots/folk singer Belle Plaine. The musical entertainment will start with Travis Steinley during the appetizers. He will be followed by Dustin Olmsted and Jessica Rouleau, and Wall will join them for a song.
Thereafter, Eliza Doyle and a group of musical friends, including Olmsted and Paula McGuigan, will provide the musical accompaniment to the meal and the final performer will be Belle Plaine.
The event will also be used to release and screen a video about the renovation of the Lyric Theatre building.
“It’s like a digital rendering of what the full renovation of the theatre could look like in the end,” Wall said. “This was done by P3A Architecture and it’s really awesome. It’s almost like you’re taking a walk through the space of what it would look like with the mezzanine level and overlooking into the lobby and all the glass in the front.”
The video is only about five minutes long.
It highlights the work done so far and provides a vision of the completed project.
“We’re going to use this event to release that because we are hoping to shortly kick off our next fundraising campaign for the final renovation of the theatre,” she said.
There is only one small aspect of the renovation project that can be done, involving repair work to the building’s upper cornice and rebuilding the lower cornice, before the start of the final, major phase.
“We’re always trying to get our reserves back up again so that we have the money to do the next phase,” she said. “So all of these fundraising events you see throughout the year that are not our regular programming are always going towards our capital campaign.”
The final part of the renovation involves major work to the mezzanine level and it will require some other important changes to the building.
“Everything kicks in,” she said. “It means we must have an elevator, we have to have new stairwells, we have to have new bathrooms. As soon as you start breaking into that next phase after the cornices, it’s a $2-million project.”
The long table dinner on Sept. 23 will have seating for 120 people. Tickets are $100 for the multi-course meal. It includes a complimentary drink and a $30 tax receipt. Tickets are available at Pharmasave or phone 306-773-6292.

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