The Silo hosts fundraising dinner for Lynnia Milliun on October 15

The Silo is supporting a fundraising dinner in its historic gallery on Saturday, Oct. 15, featuring food prepared by culinary friends of Lynnia Milliun, herself a well-known and much-loved chef, who has pancreatic cancer.

The peaceful and beautiful landscape that surrounds The Silo — a farm that was the home of the late Ruth and Skitch Henderson, and which continues as the site of the Silo Cooking School – provides the perfect setting for a food-based fundraiser in the country.

“The dinner is fully in keeping with our culinary and community-based mission,” said Marie O’Neill, president of The Silo board of directors. “We are very pleased to be able to offer our building and grounds in support of a fellow food enthusiast like Lynnia.”

The evening will include food cooked by numerous area chefs based on Milliun’s repertoire, and musicians Doug White and Barry Blitt will perform, followed by the Ghosts of the Valley group.   The evening will also feature an auction of artwork, fine dining experiences in Connecticut and New York City, catering services, trips, tours, cooking classes, yoga classes, organic farm CSA shares and more. Davyne Verstandig, poet-laureate of Washington, is the event’s auctioneer.

The menu includes an autumnal antipasto, wood-fired pizzas, a million-layer handmade pasta lasagna, grilled local lamb, warm fall salad with roasted potatoes and gorgonzola and a dessert buffet from famous area bakers and chefs. Wines will be provided by Hopkins Vineyard and Spring Hill Vineyard.

Auction items were donated by:

Anna and Graydon Carter/Vanity Fair Magazine, Pergola, The International Cooking Center NYC, The Pantry, GW Tavern, Hidden Valley Eatery, Marty's, J.Seitz & Co., Washington Supply, Hickory Stick Bookstore, Washington Liquor, Michael Trapp, Craig's Salon, Carol Anthony, Phil Grausman, Cleve and Luke Gray, Tommy Simpson, Peter Frisbie, Peter Wooster, Tim Hochstetter, Elizabeth MacDonald, Studio Steel, Barry Blitt, Cassandra Purdy/Pizza to the People, The Heron Gallery,Tovah Martin, Susan Purdy, Adam Riess/The Union Square Hospitality Group, Robert Margolis/The Simone, Jeannie Hepburn Massage, Rob Girard, Nick "the knife" Jacobs, Waldingfield Farm, Maple Bank Farm, Hopkins Vineyard, Davyne Verstandig, The Silo Cooking School, Reggie Young, Hidden Valley Bed+Breakfast, MOMIX, Polly Styron, Brian Reardon, Deven DeMarco, Carole Peck, Newbury Place, Washington Food Market, Colleen Breeckner/Lila Yoga and Drakeley Realty.

If you cannot attend but would like to contribute please send a check to: Milliun 226 Nettleton Hollow Rd. Washington, CT 06794 or use the link:

Seats are $40 per person (at the door), or support Lynnia by buying a full table. To RSVP or for more information about the fundraiser, contact Cassandra Purdy at 203-770-6253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hunt Hill Farm, the former estate of Ruth and Skitch Henderson, founders of the New York Pops, now operates as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate love of land, food and the arts.   Surrounded by hundreds of acres of open space, active farmlands, stonewalls and woodlands, Hunt Hill Farm is also home to the renowned Silo Cooking School. Explore our farm for yourself with a private party or event!

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