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This weekend in Nebraska City, the third-annual Central Avenue Farm to Fork dinner will take place in the center of the town’s historic Central Avenue.

Two nearby towns plan to roll out the communal tables in the coming weeks to celebrate local food and drink.

This weekend in Nebraska City, the third-annual Central Avenue Farm to Fork dinner will take place in the center of the town’s historic Central Avenue. The event is a multicourse, family-style meal including many dishes prepared by regional restaurants using local, seasonal ingredients paired with regional wine. Craft beer will be available for purchase.

A few tickets are left for the dinner, which will start at 6 p.m. A beer garden will be open from 4 to 6 p.m., and live music will start at 4 p.m. and run until 9. Tickets are $75 a diner. For more information, click here.

In Avoca, Iowa, a similar meal is scheduled for Sept. 21. The Avoca Main Street Longest Table will include a five-course meal from vendors at the Avoca Main Street Farmers Market and other local producers. Chef James Edward Calkins, of Milk & Honey restaurant, is designing the menu.

Happy hour will start at 5 p.m. at the Avoca Legion Hall, and dinner will start at 6. For more information, or to get a ticket, click here.

Reporter - Food and dining

Sarah Baker Hansen writes restaurant reviews and food stories for the World-Herald. She also writes the quarterly "Food Prowl" series, where teams of tasters go around Omaha to find favorite foods in a number of categories. Phone: 402-444-1069

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