Saturday, July 6, 2013
McKinney’s Patina Green steps up game with farm-to-table market dinners
They are held on the second Saturday of each month in the spring and fall.
MCKINNEY Three years ago Kaci and Robert Lyford, along with Luann Van Wincke, opened a little shop on the square with the idea of bringing the best of the shopping world and the best of the lunch rush into one place. Their idea - a nuance for the region - quickly found backing from a strong client list.
Now three years later, the trio is celebrating the success of their business and has no plans to change their formula.
"We are 'living the dream' as they say - how can one ask for more." Kaci said. "Our store is called 'Home and Market' and, basically, that's what it is. People that come in for a unique home find are awed by the fresh food, and likewise, our lunch crowd will pick up a gift for a friend on their way out."
It's the mixture of old and new, drink and food that keeps customers coming back. The store is stocked with a small market full of local produce, products and pantry items. The lunch counter - open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - sells out every day. And the trio tries to keep new items coming in on a regular basis - just last week they toured the country looking for some choice new items for the store.
But despite their success, Kaci, Robert and Luann decided to add a little flavor to the night scene on the square by offering market dinners.
"Everyone wanted to know when we were going to start serving dinner," Kaci said. "We wanted the market dinner to be a totally different experience than our lunches. Dinner is a time to relax over a bottle of wine with good friends in a unique setting with the best of seasonal food. When the farmers started bringing Robert the cream of the crop, we knew these veggies and meats needed to be featured on a dinner plate rather than in a lunch box."
Market dinners are a true farm-to-table meal with multiple-course menu based on the specialties of the farm. The patio, which is usually filled with sunshine and casual diners during the lunch rush, is transformed with garden lights, candles and fresh cut flowers. Plus, guests can bring their own bottles of wine or beer - but for foodies, Robert stops in at McKinney Wine Merchant to select a bottle or two to pair with the meal of the evening.
The dinners are held on the second Saturday of each month in the spring and in the fall for $75 per person. There are two seatings, the first from 6 - 8 p.m. and the second from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
"It's not what I feel like cooking, it's what the farms are growing at that time," Robert said. "That's how the menu is designed. Nothing is finalized until the day of the dinner. If the farmer comes in that day with something awesome, you can bet it'll be served that night. Basically, I'm always looking for a better option."
The Fall Market Dinners will be held on the second Saturday in September, October, November, and December. Reservations will become available on Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Individuals are encouraged to call the store early to book a spot at 972-548-9141. For information about products, produce or perfect additions, visit patinagreenhomeandmarket.com.
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