Sharing the Bread-Farm to Table Dinner by White House Chef John Moeller

On August 29, experience Sharing the Bread.

This farm-to-table community event will be nothing like you’ve experienced before. Meander the pathways and footbridges throughout the breathtaking grounds of 18th century Bear Mill Estate while sipping wine and indulging in the culinary creations of Chef Mitch Arment.

Listen for the cast iron dinner bells urging guests to gather for the community meal prepared by former White House Chef, John Moeller. Enjoy chilled gazpacho, crisp salad greens, a succulent braised roast and pork tenderloin garnished with fresh roasted vegetables gathered from local sources. Vegetarian plate optional.

Decadent cheesecakes, grilled homegrown peaches, zesty lemon bars and rich chocolates grace the dessert tables and provide ample energy to do battle on the bidding floor. A live auction will be held over the dessert hour and include items such as a beach house trip, a fishing excursion on the Chesapeake, a hand-crafted rug, hot air balloon rides, a private luncheon with an award-winning author and more. These items will also be available for online bidding up until the day before the event day.

Proceeds support the Ephrata Public Library whose mission is to provide free access to information, educational and enhancement of the community.


  Chef John Moeller–former chef to the White House from 1992-2005. Currently, he is the owner of State of Affairs Catering.

  Chef Mitch Arment–former chef/pastry chef at Arment’s Restaurant. Currently, Mitch serves as New Product Development Manager at Giorgio Foods, Inc.


Bear Mill Estate  Kerry Kegerise, proprietor of Bear Mill Estate, has a passion for beautiful things. His dream of owning a wedding and event venue came to life in 2014 when construction began to transform the 18th century property into a beautifully landscaped and impeccably renovated locale. Guests experience the sound of rushing water, original brownstone walls and an iron turn wheel still in its place.


Exploring Human Origins  From July 30-August 25, Ephrata Public Library hosts the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition, “Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?” Audiences will view the latest human origins research and ponder how these discoveries relate to our personal understanding of the world and our place in it. What makes us uniquely human?

One aspect of our “humanness” is the ancient tradition of food sharing. Humans have gathered around the fire and table for millennia breaking bread and socializing. Food is not consumed merely for sustenance, but to share our blessings and enrich our lives.

Find out more about Exploring Human Origins at



Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

21 and older only, please. Dress should be business casual. No denim, please.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Valet parking only. This is covered in the ticket purchase price.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Joy Ashley, Ephrata Public Library Director of Development, at 717-738-9291 ext 103.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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