The Farm at Eagles Ridge Chosen to Host the 2015 Gourmet Gala


the barn to be gala  focal point

the barn to be gala focal point

The Farm at Eagles Ridge at 465 Long Lane, a few miles from downtown Lancaster, has been chosen as the host site for the 2015 Gourmet Gala on Sunday, May 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“As part of our on-going education outreach efforts, the Historic Preservation Trust selects a historic property in Lancaster County each year to showcase as host of our annual   gala fund raiser,” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust Board of Directors. “In addition to being a site suitable for hosting one of Lancaster’s premier social events, the site must be historically significant.  The Farm at Eagles Ridge dates back to the 1820’s, and it is an excellent example of how historic buildings can be given new lives through adaptive reuse.”

The Farm at Eagles Ridge was the recipient of a 2013 preservation award for restoring its 3,200 square-foot barn which, paired with a renovated corn crib and stone farmhouse, created a unique special events venue. “It took extensive work to restore the buildings on the farm in such a way that would preserve their historic character while transforming them into a state-of-the-art facility,” said Betsy Herr, co-owner of The Farm at Eagles Ridge – today one of the most popular wedding venues in Lancaster County.

More than 30 of the area’s best restaurants, caterers, bakeries, personal chefs, wineries, breweries and coffee companies will be serving their specialties. Among those are Annie Bailey’s, Lombardo’s, La Petite Patisserie, Railroad House Inn, The Scarlet Runner catering, Willow Valley Communities Culinary Services, Gypsy Kitchen, Rettew’s Catering, Hess’s Barbecue, Inn at Bully’s Restaurant & Pub, Lickity Split, Gracie’s on West Main, Toadally Caribbean, Federal Taphouse, The Horse Inn, Seasons Olive & Vinegar Taproom, Breaking Bread Catering, Pierre DeRagon (Personal Chef), Lancaster Hummus Company, Miesse Candies, Byers Butterflake Bakery, Dutch Haven Shoo Fly Pie Bakery and Grandma Jack’s Gourmet Popcorn, Sugar Whipped Bakery, Lancaster County Coffee Roasters, Twin Brook Winery, Stargazers Winery, Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, Saint Boniface Craft Brewing  Company, Lancaster County Brewing Company, Moo-Duck Brewery and Yards Brewing.  Zest! will give cooking demonstrations. Music for the event will be provided by Temple Avenue.

Horst said Gala sponsors are being sought to join media sponsor Lancaster County Magazine and lead sponsors Willow Valley Communities and  PPL Corporation; lead supporting sponsors White Horse Construction, Shoppes at Belmont and Lancaster Solid Waste Management Authority;  and supporting sponsors Bertz, Hess & Co., Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation, Donegal Insurance Group, NxtBook Media, RLPS Architects, UGA Utilities, Wohlsen Construction and Janney, Montgomery, Scott.  Other sponsors include Lusk & Associates – Sotheby’s International Realty (Anne Lusk), Antiques by Nancy & Jim, Benchmark Construction, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Andy Esbenshade), Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Connie Ginder), Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Jeff LeFevre), Brookline Builders, Certified Carpet, D. H. Funk & Sons, Delta Development Group, Galebach’s Floor Finishing, Hi-Tech Concrete Coatings & Soil Stabilization, Lancaster Ironworks, Richard Levengood Architects,, May Metzger and Zimmerman, Penningdon Partners, Perron Construction, Preservation Works, Puffer Morris Realty, Pyfer, Reese Straub Gray & Farhat, Rhoads Energy, Rohrer’s One Hour, RSC Heating & Air Conditioning, Select Security, Senior Tax Strategies, Tippetts/Weaver architects, Two Dude’s Painting, Ville Painters and Wickersham Construction .

A Gourmet Gala ticket costs $75 for members of the Historic Preservation Trust or the Central Pennsylvania Preservation Society or $85 for non-members.  A block of 10 tickets may be purchased for $650. Contact the Historic Preservation Trust at 717-291-5861 or to order tickets.

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About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to encourage and facilitate historic preservation countywide. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important Lancaster County landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others.  The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit, non-government funded organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster.  Visit for additional information.